Ah, the ubiquitous tote – it appears in almost everyone’s bag collection, sometimes more than one. From lugging home the shopping to stashing away your valuables on the beach, there’s nothing that the trusty tote bag won’t come in use for. Couturiers and charities alike create inspiring tote bag designs suitable for all occasions. Whether you’re on the hunt for your next wardrobe staple or just looking to reduce your plastic bag consumption, we’ve found the most lustworthy tote bags on the high street.
Tote bags are everywhere, so why not opt for one that gives to a good cause? M&S and UNICEF UK have teamed up for this ethically sourced tote bag designed by Barbara Hulanicki. Not only is the bag made using entirely recycled fabric, but £1 of every sale goes towards the work of UNICEF UK’s Children in Danger campaign which aims to keep children sage around the world.
UNICEF Upcycled Cotton Tote Bag, Marks & Spencer, £4
If you thought tote bags were just a boring beige back-up to your usual handbag, think again! This season’s totes come in zesty colours and are fabulously embroidered.
Embroidered beach bag, ASOS, £32
Last year’s Charity Jute campaign raised over £6000 for Seasalt Cornwall’s Fishermen’s Mission. Help them smash their target this year and purchase one of five gorgeous designs.
Charity jute bag, Seasalt Cornwall, £5
Although it’s pricey, this statement Issey Miyake tote is worth the investment. A bag this eye-catching will last for seasons to come.
Bao Bao Issey Miyake tote, Selfridges, £295
Either you or someone you know owns one – step forward the famous Longchamp tote bag.
Longchamp Le Pilage tote bag, Harrods, £65
Complete with on-trend colour blocking and a handy shoulder strap, this Radley tote will become your favourite go-to bag.
Parkhurst large tote bag, Radley, £65
This Accessorize tote isn’t for the faint-hearted! Make sure you standout whilst you shop with this zingy hue.
Contrast colour tote bag, Accessorize, £29
Or for more subdued tastes, this straw shopper is just the thing to carry your essentials. Spacious enough for the supermarket shop yet elegant enough to finish off your evening look, it’s the multitasking bag we’re lusting after!
Straw shopper bag, New Look, £17.99
Ok, so this Orla Kiely style may not be the cheapest option, but we’ve fallen for the beautiful, unique textured leather and roomy design. It’s not foldable like some of the above styles, but chances are you won’t want to fit your food shop in this anyway!
Tillie bag, Orla Kiely, £320