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Mother’s Day Gift Guide :: Best Totes
With Mother’s Day just round the corner (10 May in Australia), a thoughtful and practical gift is a great way to thank that special lady in your life for being awesome. Totes are some of the most versatile and practical bags in the carry world. Mothers are some of the most versatile and practical people in the world. It’s a perfect match. 😉 So forget being stuck for inspiration and instead peruse our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for some top-notch totes…
Hard-wearing, good-looking and with easy access to the contents, the Vintage Tote embodies what a tote should be. The bag is constructed from beautiful leather available in two colorways, with tough copper rivets adding to the visual appeal. The main compartment is spacious, with an interior slip pocket for quick access to smaller items. Striking, simple, great value, and an all-round solid choice.
The M-22 adds a little carry flexibility to the tote format. This stylish tote can transform into backpack mode, giving you hands-free carry when you’re on the go. Smooth and strong vegetable-tanned bullhide leather is the star of the show here, with a choice of black or natural leather. The tote is large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, while the interior slip pocket fits an iPad Mini.
The Niels Day Tote merges fashion and function. Tough and attractive waxed cotton canvas teams up with leather handles and detailing in a design that looks good for work or the weekend. The bag features a nylon lining and a YKK zip that secures the contents in the main compartment. There’s the option of carrying it using the shoulder strap or grab handles, while the four exterior quick-access pockets are great for stashing keys, a wallet, phone and other small items close at hand.
The Everyday Tote is designed for daily use – and built to reflect this. Available in four colorways, the bag is meticulously crafted with a combination of hard-wearing heavy cotton canvas or waxed filter twill canvas and beautiful Horween Rich Chromexcel leather. Zippered access to the main compartment keeps the contents safe and sound, while the exterior pockets are ideal for quick-access items. Having this handsome fellow on her arm certainly won’t be a hardship for any mom.
Relaxing in the coffee shop, trips to the local market, carrying daily work essentials…the Bucket Tote is ready for a range of uses. Constructed out of cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather, the tote comes in black and natural and can be carried with the top handles or the removable and adjustable shoulder stap. There’s also three exterior pockets to avoid rummaging for those smaller items.
Eye-catching and sure to turn heads, the Cruiser Roll Top is one fine-looking piece of carry. However, there’s substance beneath the surface. Made by hand, this tote is built to last and features an attractive combination of waxed canvas and vegetable-tanned English bridle leather, both of which will age well. Rounding things off is rugged brass hardware and copper rivets, along with reinforced stitching. The roll-top closure keeps the elements at bay, while the two exterior pockets and single interior pocket provide organization options.
The kings of versatility, Swiss brand QWSTION, always deliver a sleek and modern aesthetic complemented by a functional twist. In this case, it’s a tote that flips into a backpack. It comes in range of nailed colorways and material options. The main compartment is topped and shielded by a sweet pointed cover flap with a side-zip upping the access. Oh, and there’s a handful of pockets for small things like phones – a nice change in the usual layout of tote-dom.
As the name suggests, this tote keeps things simple and easy to use. Three exterior pockets, an internal section for a laptop or tablet and pockets for smaller items means there’s no need to dig around in a jumbled heap trying to extricate a specific item. Plus sturdy leather handles team up with a choice of fabrics and color options to suit different tastes and styles.
The Yosemite Tote from Korean carry brand National Publicity is full of sleek and modern styling that’s great for urban settings. The tote is made with synthetic Saffiano leather and offers two carry options – handles and a shoulder strap. It also features a handy exterior organization pocket that is convenient for keeping frequently needed items within easy reach.
For something a bit different, check out the Lune Paper Tote from Ally Capellino. Available in black or gray, the tote has a vegan-friendly construction featuring recycled natural cellulose and a small amount of latex, with a cotton webbing shoulder strap and grab handles. The interior zipped pocket is handy for small valuables and the clean, minimalist aesthetics lend themselves to a variety of environments.
If you’re looking for a luxury option, the FRANCA Freelance is a classy choice. The Freelance features FRANCA’s Paper Leather, an attractive textured leather that will develop a beautiful patina with use, as well as eye-catching handles that are carefully hand-woven by skilled Colombian artisans.