Gucci Jackie 1961 Medium Tote Bag

The Jackie 1961 Medium Tote Bag | Source: Gucci

15 Must-have Designer Tote Bags

When you’re constantly on the go, heading between the office and meetings or school pick-up and appointments, a small purse or baguette bag just won’t cut it. You need something practical and stylish that will house all your essentials, from your laptop and personal planner to your gloss and muesli bar.

That’s where the trusty tote comes in. Offering plenty of room to pack in everything you need for the day, the tote bag is both classic and versatile in its design. However, if you’re looking to avoid dull and bulky, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the sleekest and most stylish designer tote bags to carry you through the work week and beyond.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

Crafted from supple Monogram canvas, the classic Neverfull GM tote offers a sleek and casual everyday bag. Lined with striped textile lining and finished with gold-toned hardware, this simple yet chic Louis Vuitton tote will carry all your essentials and some.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM
Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, A$3,050 | Source: Louis Vuitton

Saint Laurent East West Leather Tote

Featuring spacious proportions, slimline top handles and quality soft leather, the East West Leather Tote from Saint Laurent is both practical and sophisticated.

Saint Laurent East West Leather Tote
Saint Laurent East West Leather Tote, A$1,690 | Source: Net-a-Porter

Christian Dior Large Dior Book Tote

Emblazoned with the hallmark blue Dior Oblique motif, this Dior tote continues to be spotted across fashion bloggers’ Instagrams for its ability to hold all the daily essentials and its distinctly Dior look.

Christian Dior Large Dior Book Tote
Christian Dior Large Dior Book Tote, A$5,000 | Source: Dior

Balenciaga Hardware Large Tote Bag

Offering a more relaxed look, this large tote from Balenciaga functions as the perfect designer bag for everyday wear. Made from cotton canvas and calfskin, this versatile handbag is perfect for carrying the shopping or your work essentials.

Balenciaga Hardware Large Tote Bag in Beige
Balenciaga Hardware Large Tote Bag in Beige, A$1,750 | Source: Balenciaga

Oroton Margot Medium Day Bag

Balancing sophistication with practicality, the Margot Medium Day Bag from Oroton takes on a relaxed look with its soft pebbled leather while offering functionality with its large open compartments, central zip compartment and adjustable long strap.

Oroton Margot Medium Day Bag
Oroton Margot Medium Day Bag, A$499 | Source: The Iconic

Gucci Jackie 1961 Medium Tote Bag

After being photographed with Jackie Kennedy, this iconic Gucci Tote Bag quickly became known as “The Jackie.” Featuring gold hardware, a sleek black leather finish and two practical internal zip pockets, this chic medium sized tote is deceptively roomy.

Gucci Jackie 1961 Medium Tote Bag
Gucci Jackie 1961 Medium Tote Bag, A$4,680 | Source: Gucci

Bottega Veneta Arco Tote

Featuring Bottega Veneta’s classic intreccio leather, the Arco Tote adds texture while being simple and versatile, making it the perfect everyday bag. This designer tote is cinched in with an adorable leather string closure and offers more than enough room to hold everything you need.

Bottega Veneta Arco Tote in Maple
Bottega Veneta Arco Tote in Maple, A$3,990 | Source: Bottega Veneta

Aesther Ekme Sac

While Aesther Ekme’s Sac is offered in a range of colours, this rich Evergreen version offers just the right pop of colour to any outfit. The bag’s middle compartment can fit a 13’inch laptop, making it a great office bag.

Aesther Ekme Sac in Evergreen
Aesther Ekme Sac in Evergreen, approx. A$820 | Source: Aesther Ekme

Acne Studios Oilcloth Tote

Finished in a shiny vinyl-like material, the Oilcloth Tote from Acne Studios is perfect for those who like to add some edge to their everyday look. With its large proportions, this burgundy tote is perfect for shopping runs.

Acne Studios Oilcloth Tote
Acne Studios Oilcloth Tote in Burgundy, A$700 | Source: Acne Studios

Mansur Gavriel Everyday Soft Tote

This relaxed tote from Mansur Gavriel is Louboutins in tote form. Offered in a sophisticated black and red-lining colourway, the Everyday Soft Tote is timeless in its overall look while still offering plenty of room for all your bits and pieces.

Mansur Gavriel Everyday Soft Tote
Mansur Gavriel Everyday Soft Tote, A$1,225

Marina Rinaldi Canvas Tote Bag

If a brighter, more nautical-inspired bag is what you’re after, you cannot look past this canvas tote from Marina Rinaldi. Along with its sturdy handles and roomy main compartment, the tote bag features a leather pendant and gingham lining.

Marina Rinaldi Canvas Tote Bag
Marina Rinaldi Canvas Tote Bag, A$340 | Source: Marina Rinaldi

Coach Day Tote

Made from polished pebble leather, this classic white tote from Coach is defined by modern contours and roomy proportions. The stylish bag also comes with a handy removable zip pouch.

Coach Day Tote in Chalk
Coach Day Tote in Chalk, A$550 | Source: Coach

Celine Large Cabas Thais

Featuring leather finishes and long straps, this tan tote from Celine is a staple piece for your summer wardrobe with its warm, neutral tones.

Celine Large Cabas Thais in Textile and Calfskin
Celine Large Cabas Thais in Textile and Calfskin, A$2,250 | Source: Celine

Staud Soft Rey Tote

Taking on a more triangular silhouette, the Soft Rey Tote from Staud offers a more slimline look while still providing ample space for all your essentials. The linen tote is finished with leather piping and silver hardware.

Staud Soft Rey Tote in Tawny
Staud Soft Rey Tote in Tawny, A$350 | Source: Staud

Marc Jacobs The Director

Another relaxed-look leather tote worth investing in is The Director from Marc Jacobs. Featuring adjustable shoulder straps, a striking contrast interior and a practical centre zip compartment, The Director ticks all the boxes.

Marc Jacobs The Director
Marc Jacobs The Director, A$522 | Source: Marc Jacobs

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