The Jenny Tote from Banana Republic
Available in basic black, subdued orange, a pinkish red, and a smooth camel, the Royal Azure is my top pick. Many fashion houses showed an array of bright blues for Fall/Winter 2013, and a pop of cobalt or azure is always stylish. The Jenny Tote is made out of sturdy nylon with a faux-leather strap and is large enough at 16 1/2” x 15” x 4 1/2” to get you through your entire day. Available at www.bananarepublic.ca for $110 CDN.
French Tote Veg from Roots
Iconic Canadian retailer Roots, is currently celebrating their fortieth anniversary. Famous for their leather goods, Roots has a great assortment of pieces to help mark this milestone. The French Tote Veg is crafted from Italian leather and will darken beautifully as the leather ages. (The ‘Veg’ is in reference to the fact that the leather is tanned using vegetable extracts). At 12 1/4” x 15” x 4.5”, it retails for $208 CDN. www.roots.com.
Michael Kors Large Selma Snake-Print Tote
Take a walk on the wild side with this Selma tote from one of my favourite designers, Michael Kors. The snake-print leather tote features a removable shoulder strap that’s great for when you need to keep your hands free and is finished with golden studs that amp up the luxe factor. A wealth of pockets on the inside AND outside make it easy to stash all of your loot. Available at www.michaelkors.com for $478 CDN.
Coach Legacy Leather Turnlock Tote
I am a big fan of old school Coach, and their Legacy collection harkens back to their beginnings, with smooth leather, clean lines and not a lot of hoopla. I love this Legacy Turnlock Tote because the style will stand the test of time. It’s perfectly elegant and ageless. Available in a range of colours, including this pink scarlet, deep port, black violet, and black. See www.coach.com for details.
Massimo Dutti Leather Bowling Bag