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The 10 Best Designer Tote Bags in 2023

By Georgiana Grama


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Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote bag
The tote has become one of the most popular must-haves for the professional woman. Since these days we have to be connected 24/7 and we carry our lives in our bag, tote bags have become a necessity.

But how can you find one that is not only stylish, large enough for all your essentials and durable at the same time, without necessarily spending your whole paycheck on it? Fret no more, we are here to help.

Finding the Right Tote Bag 

Finding the Right Tote Bag 
First of all, the most important factor when choosing a professional-looking, yet stylish tote bag is durability. Materials and craftsmanship are extremely important. You don’t want to be running around town with a bag that can’t stand the weight of all your necessities and give out on you at the most inopportune moment.

A quality designer tote from the best handbag brands out there might be pricey, but look at it as an investment. Their workmanship is on par and will never disappoint. Or, if you’re someone who lives in a rainy climate and walks a lot you might consider a waterproof nylon material. Another factor to consider is size. Yes, size does matter in this case.

Although you might need a fairly large bag to fit your needs, an extra large tote might be awkward to schlep around, especially if taking public transit. Unless you’re six feet tall, you will not only look ridiculous, you will be in pain in no time.

The Best Tote Bags

the best tote bags
Let’s face it: the larger the bag the more stuff we put in. There are plenty of compact bags which are well designed and can fit all your necessities and will make you look put together.

When you’re investing in a long lasting quality bag you might also want to consider sturdiness. The best totes are the ones that can stand on their own and keep their shape without looking flimsy.

Then come other details which are personal from one person to another: the strap shape, zippers or inside pockets among other things. So let’s take a look at a few concrete examples:

10. Givenchy Black Wing Shopping Tote

Givenchy Black Wing Shopping Tote
This bag is so elegant yet practical with its minimalist design, it is an instant classic. The sleek silhouette gives it a look of sophistication, and its interior zippered pouch is very practical for your important things you want to keep in one place.

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9. Gucci Large GG Marmont 2.0 Tote

Gucci Large GG Marmont 2.0 Tote
This is a gorgeous leather work bag that can easily become an after hours must have. With its beautifully designed vintage look, the famous GG and metal strap, this bag is guaranteed to get noticed. The zipper closure is an added bonus.

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8. Celine Mini Luggage Handbag

Celine Mini Luggage Handbag
At first glance you might think this bag is not large enough for your needs, but it can surprisingly fit a 13 inch laptop. The elegant Parisian look and great quality materials makes this bag lusted after by many celebrities and corporate types alike.

7. Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote

Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote
This is a well structured compartmentalized bag which is for the organized type. The two open separations and the zippered centre pocket are perfect for creating an easy -to -find essential tool for the busy woman on the go. The luxurious leather and its light weight are great qualities this tote possesses.

6. Yves Saint Laurent Leather Shopping Bag

Yves Saint Laurent Leather Shopping Bag
This versatile tote comes with a large open compartment and a detached leather zip pouch for your convenience. Simple and understated, it is nonetheless a great quality leather bag for your everyday needs. Can’t go wrong with this classic tote from the house of Saint Laurent.

5. Bottega Veneta Intreciato Tote bag

Bottega Veneta Intreciatto Handbag
When it comes to Italian workmanship, they keep proving themselves to be the best. Take this beautiful weaved leather design for example. Without overdoing it, the gorgeous leather design is sleek and elegant and any woman will instantly add class to their outfit with this tote. And it fits a 15.6 inch laptop!

4. Herschel Mica Tote Bag

Herschel Mica Tote Bag
By far the cheapest bag in our list, this beauty is made of a great quality woven fabric on the outside and polyester lining. Herschel is renowned for making great products at very reasonable prices. This tote is well thought out with separations for organization purposes and the reinforced base provides extra sturdiness and durability.

3. Mulberry Bayswater Tote

Mulberry Bayswater Tote
This structured leather tote is well designed and well structured for the organized woman. The great quality of materials is known to stand the test of time all while being stylishly classic. Large enough for a 13 inch laptop or iPad and it includes a removable pocket which can fit your phone or wallet.

2. Longchamp Le Pliage Large Shoulder Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage Large Shoulder Bag
This is another versatile popular tote which is made from nylon for the woman who is busy and goes out into all types of weather conditions. It is also very practical for when you travel. You can fold it up and put it in your luggage for when you need an extra bag. It comes in different sizes, but the large has enough room for a weekend getaway.

1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM
This has got to be the most popular and well loved tote of all times. With the classic Louis Vuitton design, it is as versatile as it gets. Inside it has a large zipped pocket for your valuables and it closes with a clasp on top.

The rest of the tote is large enough and gives you freedom to organize it to your liking. The flat pochette is a little extra something which you can use for small things like your favorite lipstick or your key fob and it can also be used on its own when you’re out on the town.

Hopefully this list has helped you narrow down your options, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many amazing and well made totes out there, it is really hard to pick just one. But if you’re a purse lover, why not get more?

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About Georgiana Grama

Part time fashion blogger, part time influencer, Georgiana brings a touch of style to Luxatic. Before she joined our team she used to contribute to renowned fashion magazines like Elle, Marie Claire or Glamour. For the most part she focused on beauty, fashion and lifestyle, but that was just a few drops in the bucket of content that she spread over the years. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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