Wax lyrical with J-Fold

Traditionally, a tote bag - the double-handled shopping or beach bag style more commonly modelled by middle-aged women - has never made a particularly masculine impression, but recent variations are helping to change the bag lady look into something a little more sophisticated.

Amongst the new collection from New York accessory specialists J Fold, for example (which also includes some fresh-looking waxed laptop and messenger-style bags - see below), is their waxed “Canvas Tote” bag. It’s roomy enough to accommodate the demands of the working week and looks durable enough for a weekend away. It also features some nice functional touches like a lined laptop compartment, exterior MP3/phone pocket and large back sleeve for paperwork, magazines and possibly shopping lists. £240 (www.jfold.com; 020 7377 1002)

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