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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.

Off-White™ Printed Arrows PVC Tote Bag

Printed Arrows Pvc Tote Bag

Printed Arrows Pvc Tote Bag

$348

Off-White™

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Carry this Off-White™ PVC tote bag by hand or over the shoulder with signature industrial style. The label’s bold arrows motif stakes its claim to the front panel while the inside is home to a zip pocket for valuables and a large main compartment for everyday essentials.

Burberry Logo Printed Tote Bag

Logo Printed Tote Bag

Logo Printed Tote Bag

$830

Burberry

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Burberry’s iconic Nova Check ensures that this luxury tote bag doesn’t go unnoticed. Two short handles punctuate this cotton tote alongside a rubber Burberry location tag. This accessory is sure to elevate your look and streamline your daily errands.

Jil Sander Large Linen Canvas Tote Bag

Large Linen Canvas Tote Bag

Large Linen Canvas Tote Bag

$570

Jil Sander

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In classic Jil Sander style, this carrier is completely stripped back to basics. A bold Jil Sander logo has room to breathe on the minimal canvas construction that contrasts with luxurious leather handles.

COMME des GARÇONS Logo Tote Bag

Logo Tote Bag

Logo Tote Bag

from $115

COMME des GARCONS

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(Available at 2 Merchants)

We love delicious cupcakes as much as the next person, and we also love legendary fashion house COMME des GARÇONS’ take on retro ads. High-quality leather top handles remind us all that this is a designer tote bag, but the playful pastels of the cupcakes adverts add a light-hearted design twist.

A-COLD-WALL* Padded Tote Bag

Padded Tote Bag

Padded Tote Bag

$173

A-COLD-WALL*

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Designer Samuel Ross offers an expectedly industrial, geometric take on the tote bag with this padded iteration. The paneled body and zip closure promise to protect your valuables, too.

Maison Margiela Transparent Tote Bag

Transparent Tote Bag

Transparent Tote Bag

$224

Maison Margiela

Buy at Slam Jam

Maison Margiela’s typically irreverent style is on full show when it comes to this tote bag. Taking style cues from the humble plastic shopping bag, this accessory asks questions about luxury and permanence.

Junya Watanabe Tote Bag

Tote Bag

Tote Bag

from $180

Junya Watanabe

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Junya Watanabe knows that when you’re using premium pure cotton, there’s no need for flashy designs. This oversized tote bag is all about quality and simplicity, and we’re here for it.

NaNa-NaNa A5 Panelled Bag

A5 Panelled Bag

A5 Panelled Bag

$83

NaNa-NaNa

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A transparent PVC construction is punctuated by a repeating A5 motif, but do not fear, this bag is not actually A5-sized. You’ll be able to fit more than a diary in here, but curate your contents with care because they’ll be on show.

COMME des GARÇONS Color Block Leather Tote Bag

Colour Block Leather Tote Bag

Colour Block Leather Tote Bag

$325

COMME des GARCONS Wallet

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In the same style as the label’s strikingly colorful wallets, this leather tote bag comes as a bright update to your accessory collection. Slightly smaller than the other selections, this luxury piece is perfect for holding the essentials while you’re out and about.

Gucci Pink Logo Print Tote Bag

Pink Logo Print Tote Bag

Pink Logo Print Tote Bag

$790

Gucci

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Gucci knows that nothing other than a simple text logo is necessary to get its point across. This basic tote is typified by a color-clashing orange logo against a vivid pink backdrop which is sure to catch eyes.

Rick Owens Signature Leather Tote Bag

Signature Leather Tote Bag

Signature Leather Tote Bag

$450

Rick Owens

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Grained leather gives this Rick Owens tote bag the texture we have come to adore and expect from Owens’ collections. Contrast stitching stands out against the white leather makeup to give this pared-back design a touch more punch.

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  • Curated by: Rhianna Matthews
Words by Alek Rose