The rightful downfall of the plastic bag paved the way for the tote to become the world's most relied-upon accessory. Whether on grocery store trips, park excursions, or long days at the beach, the tote is the perfect accessory for those times when your bag might be in for a beating.
But as well as the affordable shopper, the high fashion world fully embraced the tote, too, with the likes of Jil Sander and Marni among those offering luxury iterations of this humble sidekick.
And right now, when most of us have few other places than the park or grocery store to flaunt our wares, tote bags have become even more of an essential. With that in mind, we took to the net to round up the season's very best tote bags for men, at pretty much all budgets.
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A.P.C. x Sacai
A.P.C.'s recent collabs, including a team-up with Carhartt last year, have been seriously good on the staples front. Its latest, with Tokyo's Sacai, offered a dose of high-quality fabrics, contrasted and patchworked together with a level of craftsmanship only years in the business can afford. This tote reverses into a more weather-friendly nylon version, too.
While at first appearing to be a brown paper deli bag, this tote gets more luxe the closer you get to it. Twin buffed calfskin handles sit atop a cellulose bag that gets the Marni stamp via a wavy logo in white. For those extra elegant beach breaks.
Born in the '90s, Japan's Kapital has a reputation in the clothing and accessories business for being ultra high-quality. Decades of experience and ridiculously high standards make each piece that the label puts out an instant grail. This canvas tote bag is a beauty to behold and to wear.
Perks and Mini
Based between the two locations, Perks and Mini fuse Australian laid-back-ness with Parisian style. Its Positive Messages Online Resource was set up to spread community spirit, connection, and happiness, calling upon artists to lend contributions to product design. Artist Cali Thornhill DeWitt is the artist who contributed the positive message to a bag that's ready and waiting for a summer of love.
Colette Mon Amour x Soulland x Snoopy
A three-pronged collab from Soulland, Snoop, and Colette Mon Amour — our documentary and celebration of the iconic Paris boutique store Colette — results in this fun accessory. The tote, which comes in an off-white colorway, features the graphic works Charles M. Schulz — reading material for when your phone battery dies on a long day under the sun.
Jonathan Anderson knows how to get attention. Whether it's those one-step-designer-outfit neck accessories that were everywhere a couple of years ago or the massive chain loafers from this season, the works of JW Anderson are instantly recognizable. This one's a little easier than others, thanks to a massive JW stamp, and it's the perfect piece for taking your park looks up a notch.
Padded totes are big at the moment, perhaps owing to the fact that they double as a pillow once the sun goes down in the park. A rubber-coated fabric gives this tote a finish that makes you, and others, want to reach out and touch it. Seriously, be warned.
Ok, the cutest of the tote bags on this list goes to this one from Bode. Using the labels of old soft drink cans and bottles, this PVC tote is a surefire talking point — which may be ideal during that date when all the bars are shut.
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