When you live in NYC, a good, large tote bag that you can throw your life in and go is a must. I leave my house at 8 a.m. most mornings and often don’t return until after 10 p.m. so I have to schlep everything I need for the day with me—from laptops to shoes and more.
My go-to, day-to-day bag for most of my 4 years in NYC has been my Louis Vuitton Neverfull (size MM). In December, though, it was the victim of a tragic accident on the subway (note to self: if your purse strap gets stuck in the subway doors, don’t yank it out…wait until the next stop when the doors open back up). I considered buying another one, but I learned that the price for the bag has went up nearly $400 since I purchased mine 4 years ago! I’m good. Luckily I could get it fixed instead at the Louis Vuitton store for around $100.
So while it was being repaired, I researched some other options to rotate in that were both functional and fashionable. Here’s some of my top choices:
Mansur Garviel Tote – I’ve been eyeing this Mansur Garviel version for a while, but it’s in such high demand there’s always a wait list. It comes in so many other great color combinations too, like brown with blue lining.
J.Crew Downing – This J.Crew bag is also a classic. I actually ended up purchasing this when I found it for almost 50% off in a new years sale!
Forever 21 Totes – Perhaps you want to rotate in a few different bags instead of splurging on just one. Forever 21 has a variety of great, super cute options for under $40, like this one shown.
Catrinka Classic Leather Tote – The Catrinka Project is a line with a mission behind it. “Buy a bag, employ a woman, educate a girl.” It’s an ethical fashion line helping to provide jobs to women around the world. My favorite clutch is also from the Catrinka line.
Micahel Kors Rogers Tote – I’m not a huge fan of the style of most MK bags to be honest, but with the unique straps and supple material, this one was a winner.