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Loved for being the most low-maintenance accessory around, the tote bag is a trusty companion in daily life. At its core, a tote bag is a wholly functional accessory — two handles and one large compartment offer the most basic form of portability. It doesn’t have to stop at functionality, though. With some of fashion’s favorite names trying their hand at the tote bag, there’s a wealth of exciting totes that fulfill both form and function.

Labels like Burberry, Jil Sander, COMME des GARÇONS, and more impart their luxurious vision on the basic tote bag with a mixture of different materials and designs. From PVC to soft linen, this selection of designer tote bags represents the intersection between high-end fashion and the most foundational levels of accessories.

The beauty of the tote bag also lies in the fact that it's not picky about where it's taken or what it's used for. Whether you're hitting the park or transporting your work tools to the office, we've rounded up the very best designer tote bags for work or for play.

Shop the best designer tote bags below.

JW Anderson Apple-print Bag

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Apple-print Bag

$510

J.W. Anderson

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Jonathan Anderson’s playfulness has become his signature style, and this tote bag is proof. He adds his brand’s signature bitten-apple motif throughout the bag’s fleece material while popping leather handles at both sides for a subtly elegant touch.

Marni Tote Bag

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Tote Bag

$770

Marni

Buy at Mr Porter

Finally, summer is just a few months away, and the excitement is real. Whether to take it to the beach or around the city, this tote’s woven raffia composition will convey a luxurious summer feeling anywhere you go.

Burberry Embossed Check Tote

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Embossed Check Tote

$1890

Burberry

Buy at Burberry

A black leather tote bag is a lifetime investment, and Burberry knows it. Besides its Italian tanned leather composition, the brand embosses its iconic Nova Check throughout for an even more refined look.

Loewe Distressed Tote Bag

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Distressed Tote Bag

$1900

Loewe

Buy at Mr Porter

Continuing with the summer vibes, Loewe encourages you to pop some color this coming season. This leather tote is large enough to take on a summer getaway or rock daily.

Acne Studios Karen Kilimnik Tote Bag

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Karen Kilimnik Tote Bag

$650

Acne Studios

Buy at Mr Porter

When you only need to carry your work essentials, Acne Studios has your back. While it takes the shape of a classic canvas tote, the luxury leather build and artwork by Karen Kilimnik makes it altogether more refined.

MM6 Maison Margiela Logo Patch Tote Bag

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Logo Patch Tote Bag

$350

MM6 Maison Margiela

Buy at Browns

Breaking away from the typical tote bag silhouette, Margiela brings a hybrid to the equation. This cotton tote bag stands out because of its asymmetrical shape and its wide top handle.

KENZO BOKE Boy Tote Bag

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BOKE Boy Tote Bag

$470

KENZO

Buy at Browns

It's safe to say that this tote bag is the most reminiscent of the classic canvas staple on this list. However, the printed white canvas brings a distinctive NIGO energy to the design.

COMME des GARÇONS Graphic Print Tote Bag

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Graphic Print Tote Bag

$296

COMME des GARÇONS

Buy at Slam Jam

Transparent bags have emerged as one of the most stylish accessories in the field, and COMME des GARÇONS is taking notes. CDG leans into the exposed accessory by displaying Chinese artist Yue Minjun's signature frozen-in-laughter throughout to give it a trippy illusion.

BODE Crochet Tote Bag

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Crochet Tote Bag

$510

BODE

Buy at Slam Jam

Crochet took over in 2022 and BODE obviously came out on top. Besides its premium cotton composition, this tote bag's tight sewn surface will prevent your essentials from getting lost.

Balenciaga Tote Bag

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Tote Bag

$2390

Balenciaga

Buy at Matches

Demna likes to pop some bold colorways every now and then, and this time, he chooses fuchsia. Maintaining a typical boxy silhouette, this bag's sheer mesh composition will keep all your valuables in sight. Plus, the removable small compartment can work as a wallet, too.

Jil Sander Canvas Tote Bag

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Canvas Tote Bag

$1900

Jil Sander

Buy at Matches

This time, Jil Sander gives a subtle twist to its fan-favorite canvas tote bag, and we’re all for it. Use the attached bamboo straps to elevate your ‘fit, or add the adjustable leather handle for when you are on the go.

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