In my mind, the prototypical bag carrier is still returning from the farmers market carrying a load of fresh ginger in a nice canvas number she got for free at the New York Public Library shortly. after the departure of her youngest. You know the gender. You’re probably wearing some sort of sun-dyed draped shawl, flowy, voluminous linen pants, super practical shoes and, say, a floppy sun hat? You certainly know the type. About to miss her subway stop because she’s engrossed in a dog-eared copy of last week’s metropolitan section and hasn’t had time to collect all her Fairway shit before the train starts running again to move? It’s her. Give a hand, man.
Hell, this woman might represent the purest distillation of my summer aesthetic to date. Are you telling me you wouldn’t want to be like that woman? This woman has seen shit, man. She raised no less than three children in New York. Do you know how much bullshit you have to put up with to raise a fucking kid in town? Don’t let her indefatigably cheerful temperament fool you: a girlfriend could screw up your whole week with a well-placed—disappointed, but not upset—comment about the dirty laundry piling up on your bedroom floor, little it doesn’t matter how adult you think you are.
This summer, do like your local Upper West Side empty nest and grab a tote bag so you have enough space to store all the Italian sausages you end up buying (instead of the bok choy you you swore) after locking eyes with the cute deli stand attendant you hoped to impress with your financial largesse and studied appreciation of finely cut bologna.
Tote bags, man. They will 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 host of colors, is made in partnership with the brand’s Washwell program. , an effort that has saved millions of liters of water. since its introduction.
If you trust Stan Ray to make your toughest work pants, you should also trust the brand to help you haul fresh produce from the farmer’s market to the streets.
Tool tote bag
In terms of affordable options that don’t skimp on detail, this lightweight, water-resistant number from the beloved mega-retailer is a (usually) unmatched choice.
Basquiat Tote Bag
A simple bag from the modern masters of style infused with just the right amount of inimitable JMB cool.
Logo-print cotton-canvas tote
Even skateboarders need a place to store all their stuff.
Navy Floral Ikat Tote Bag
Saturday’s floral-inspired take on a classic Ikat-print tote is updated in a ripstop technical fabric that won’t split when you need it most.
Canvas tote bag embroidered with floral cashmere
If you’re looking to get on board early with a pattern I’ve been seeing a lot lately (hint: you should definitely get on board early), Noah’s paisley tote is a great place to start.
A go-anywhere bag designed for the beach and built with a double drawstring to keep your poop secure.
Logo-print tote bag
100% organic cotton thanks to the good people at Patagonia.
Tie Dye Tote Bag
Tie-dye to perfectly imperfect perfection.
Rattlesnake Print Tote Bag
Lots of bark, little bite.
large shopping bag
Ladies and gentlemen: the classic shopping bag, CDG style.
Dayton leather-trimmed nylon tote bag
Sleek enough to double as an on-the-go tote bag, but not too valuable to stash a few day’s groceries on the fly.
Sturdy twill tote bag
Come on, man. He’s a Son. If you’re reading this and it doesn’t mean anything to you, it might be time to re-evaluate every life choice. Suffice it to say, this tough, abrasion-resistant number does more than just do it.
Logo-embroidered organic cotton-canvas tote
The entire MO of Story Mfg. is centered around the idea of a truly sustainable approach to design, often involving organic materials and natural ingredients, for example in the plant-based indigo used to dye this bad boy here.
Black padded tote
Padded to take a beating, so you don’t have to worry about it (or your freshly picked fruit) getting bruised.
Harare striped woven tote
To make this tote, Guanábana teamed up with the Wayuu people of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia to help weave intricate and richly detailed designs 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 draws inspiration from the classic MA-1 bomber style made iconic by the US Air Force.
Citation Canvas Tote
To “store” all your “shit”.
Soto Hand Dyed Laundry Bag
A true masterpiece of a bag courtesy of true master (and close creative collaborator of Raf Simons) Sterling Ruby, hand dyed in the artist’s LA studio
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