In my mind, the prototypical tote bag carrier is always en route back from the farmers’ market schlepping a load of fresh ginger in a sweet canvas number she got for free from the New York Public Library shortly after her youngest moved out. You know the type. Probably rocking some sort of drapey, sun-dyed shawl, flowing, voluminous linen trousers, super-practical footwear, and, say, a floppy sun hat? You definitely know the type. About to miss her stop on the subway because she’s engrossed in a dog-eared copy of last week’s Metropolitan section and didn’t have time to gather all her shit from Fairway before the train started moving again? That’s her. Lend a helping hand, guy.
Hell, that woman might represent the purest distillation of my summer aesthetic yet. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to look like that woman? That woman has seen some shit, dude. She raised, like, no less than three kids in New York City. You know how much shit you have to put up with to raise a fucking kid in the city? Don’t let her indefatigably cheerful disposition fool you: homegirl could fuck up your whole week with one well-placed—disappointed, but not upset—comment about the dirty laundry piling up on the floor of your room, no matter how grown you think you are.
This summer, make like your local Upper West Side empty nester and cop a tote bag so you’ll have plenty of room to store all the Italian sausage you ended up buying (instead of the bok choy you swore you would) after locking eyes with the cute attendant at the cured meats stall you hoped to impress with your financial largesse and studied appreciation of finely cut mortadella.
Tote bags, man. They’ll get you every time.
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If you’re looking to get into the tote game ASAP but aren’t sure where to start, Gap’s option, available in a bevy of colors, is made in partnership with the brand’s Washwell program, an effort that’s saved millions of liters of water since it was introduced.
If you trust Stan Ray to make your sturdiest work pants, you should also trust the brand to help you haul fresh produce from the farmers market down the street.
Tool Tote Bag
In terms of affordable options that don’t skimp on the details, this lightweight, water-resistant number from the beloved mega-retailer is a (typically) second-to-none choice.
Basquiat Tote Bag
A straightforward bag from modern masters of the style imbued with just enough of the inimitable cool of JMB.
Logo-Print Cotton-Canvas Tote Bag
Even skaters need somewhere to store all their shit.
Navy Floral Ikat Tote Bag
Saturdays’ floral-inspired take on a classic Ikat print tote comes updated in a technical ripstop fabric that won’t split on you when you need it most.
Floral Paisley Embroidered Canvas Tote
If you’re looking to get on board early with a pattern I’ve been seeing a whole of lately (hint: you should definitely get on board early), Noah’s paisley tote is a great place to start.
A go-anywhere bag made with the beach in mind and built with a dual drawcords cinch to keep your shit secure.
Logo-Print Tote Bag
100 percent organic cotton of the good people at Patagonia.
Tie-Dye Tote Bag
Tie-dyed to perfectly imperfect perfection.
Rattlesnake Print Tote Bag
Lots of bark, little bite.
Large Shopping Bag
Ladies and gentleman: the classic shopping bag, done the CDG way.
Dayton Leather-Trimmed Nylon Tote Bag
Sleek enough to double as a work-ready carryall bag, but not too precious to shove a few day’s worth of groceries into in a pinch.
Rugged Twill Tote Bag
C’mon, man. It’s a Filson. If you’re reading this and that doesn’t mean anything to you it might be time to reevaluate every life choice ever. Suffice to say, this sturdy, abrasion-resistant number more than gets it done.
Logo-Embroidered Organic Cotton-Canvas Tote
Story Mfg.’s entire MO is centered around the idea of a truly sustainable approach to design, often involving organic materials and natural ingredients, e.g. in the plant-derived indigo used to dye this bad boy here.
Black Padded Tote
Padded to withstand a beating, so you don’t have to worry about it (or your fresh-picked fruits) getting bruised.
Harare Stripe-Woven Tote Bag
To make this tote, Guanábana partnered with the Wayuu people—of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia— to help weave intricate, richly detailed patterns into the very fabric of their bags.
Tanker 2Way Padded Nylon Tote Bag
Rendered in a sleek black nylon with a rescue orange interior that takes its design cues from the classic MA-1 bomber style made iconic by the U.S. Air Force.
Quote Canvas Tote
For “storing” all your “shit.”
Soto Hand-Dyed Laundry Tote
A bona fide masterpiece of a bag of bona fide master (and close creative collaborator of Raf Simons) Sterling Ruby, hand-dyed in the artist’s studio in L.A.
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