This season’s most versatile carry-all is not just for trendy girls.
Though shoulder bags and holdalls have their particular uses, spring’s big winner is the tote.
Once overlooked as a trifle fey and not particularly practical due to the open top - true, it does occasionally rain in England - designers including Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Marni and Yves Saint Laurent have this season produced durable, structured designs in leather and canvas which are perfect for warmer weather.
Great for the beach and for carting around overnight gear, the tote’s unfussy, carrier bag-like simplicity is its main selling point. These are four of our favourites.
1 | Tan wax canvas tote with black bottom, £179, by Ally Capellino
2 | Chocolate leather tote, £2,385, by Louis Vuitton
3 | Brown and black calfskin tote, £3,700, by Dior Homme
4 | Cream and brown leather tote, £1,195, by Yves Saint Laurent
Photograph by Jon Paterson