Where the runway meets the street

Tote bags fall into two categories. Those free with purchase jobs. Occasionally useful but generally found languishing at the back of your wardrobe with only the moths for company. On the other side, something a bit more substantial, perhaps even fancy, a bag that can take a good thrashing day in day out. This is where we lay our latest Buyer’s Guide. Something at each end of the price scale, narrowing down the options in a crowded market, offerings from Epperson Moutaineering, Muji, Roberu, Bleu de Chauffe, Superior Labor and LL Bean. Take a look.

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Bleu de Chauffe Indigo Blue Iris Shopping Bag ($260)

Bleu de Chauffe make all manner of beautiful leather bags, this tote a little more on the lightweight side with its navy cotton body. Still smart as you like.


Muji Organic Cotton Tote Bag ($20)

Muji have these in a range of colours, super cheap and nicely put together.


Superior Labor Market Bag ($140)

More great accessories from the Japanese brand, yet to put a foot wrong. Thick leather handles and just a touch of detail with that stencilled branding, you’ll be the belle of the ball at the market this Sunday.


Roberu Ground Leather Tote ($475)

Leather totes are the dons. A little impractical in terms of weight but so smooth. Roberu have kept this one pleasingly plain, the cross stitch at the handle base a nice touch.

Epperson Mountaineering Large Clib Tote in Moss ($128)

This may never see a mountain during its stay on your shoulder but you can rest easy knowing that Cordura can take a bashing should a bashing come its way. Got something to hide? Pull that drawstring, nobody has to know.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag ($21)

As far as I’m concerned this is pretty much as good as it gets in the tote world. LL Bean’s classic Boat Tote. Tough as nails, this comes in 4 different size, 2 handle lengths, numerous colour options…you can even customise your own, monogram and all. Great value for money, go grab yourself a few.

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