Lately, I’ve got leather tote bags on my mind. For someone like me who typically wears cross body bags all year round, this is quite a statement.
Before my trip to Atlanta in August, I decided last minute I would not be taking with me my beloved Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful bag and a great investment. But I knew if I decided to take that and store my laptop, charger and other necessities I would use for the conference, the straps would feel so uncomfortable on my shoulder (one of the cons of the Damier Ebene style).
Instead I opted for this Madewell Medium Transport Tote in the color English Saddle (a classic rich caramel). I scooped it up at Nordstrom for $158 and was able to pick it up in store just days before my trip. I typically don’t like to make handbag purchasing decisions in such a short amount of time (whether it’s $50 or $500) because I like to make sure I will use the bag.
Buying the Madewell leather tote bag turned out to be one of my best handbag decisions of 2018. It’s the perfect size and it conveniently stored my laptop, charger and wallet all day without feeling too heavy. I also knew I wanted a bag that was more tall than wide. The Medium Transport Tote checked that box too in my list of requirements. The removable longer strap is a nice bonus too.
I love my Madewell one so much that I’m thinking about other styles and colors. If you’re on the hunt for a leather tote bag, I’m sharing a few more options that are equal parts stylish and comfortable. I feel like a leather tote bag is an essential for your handbag collection, especially for the fall season.
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote: I own a few Cuyana leather pieces including a weekender bag and cosmetic cases. I would love to get my hands on one of their tote bags as well!
Cuyana Tall Structured Leather Tote: Cuyana recently brought back a tall structured leather tote and this blush color is beautiful.
Everlane The Day Market Tote: Another tote option from Everlane. I recently purchased this in the blush color way and I could not be happier with my decision! The bag is a bit wider than I was expecting but it easily fits all my work day essentials generously. To help keep me organized, I purchased a felt tote insert off Amazon (in the slender large size) and that stores my phone, wallet, keys, makeup, headphones, and any other odds & ends.
Do you have a leather tote bag you love? I love chatting all things handbags so let me know in the comments!