This week in Hit List, we splurge on the best, the biggest and the most luxe tote bags this season. So take a look, grab your bag, and well, bag it.
Diane Von Furstenburg On The Go Tote
Tote bags are quite personal, from what (and the amount) we stuff into them, to the shape and colour. DVF respects the woman’s right to tote how she chooses by creating a perfectly sized and shaped tote. Coming in an array of colours and prints, including this very on trend silvery metallic, it’s one of the go-to totes of the season.
Available for £204 from Dvf.com and 02074990886
Smythson Eliot Ivory Large Tote
Practical, pretty and luxurious, this Smythson ivory tote with brown and gold detailing was made for the cool and fashionable businesswoman — the woman who wears white Valentino suits, bright lipstick and Gucci sunglasses while breaking men in the boardroom during her morning coffee. Check out the rest of the chic SS13 Smythson collection in the video campaign here.
Available for £1,395 from Smythson.com
River Island Orange Leather Structured Tote Bag
Nothing brightens up an outfit like a hearty tangerine dream tote — particularly during our present gloom this early summer. The structured leather bag from River Island is simple and very chic with the added gold buckle detailing, for a look that screams expensive without breaking the bank.
Available for £70 from Riverisland.com
Dior Homme Metal Corner Tote
The weekend bag from Dior Homme is sleek, dark and very mysterious. Made from premium calfskin, the tote’s barrel shape and arched handles allow for premium mobility without any extra clunk. From the gorgeous black sheen to the silver metal detailing and tied leather strand, this bag is practically luxurious.
Warehouse Contrast Zip Tote
This neutral Warehouse tote seems understated and normal, but has a pleasantly surprising twist — or should we say zip? For conservative socialites and penny pinchers alike, the red contrasting zips strike through the structured tote for detailing that is fun, but not tacky or overwhelming.
Available for £42 from Warehouse.co.uk
Prada Saffiano Lux Colbalt Blue Tote
What more can you say when describing a Prada bag? The Saffiano Lux tote is big rather than cumbersome, bright without seeming brash, and accented without looking trashy. The hues are loud enough for summer, but fit perfectly into the deep pigments of AW13. In addition to the blue, the Saffiano Lux tote comes in an orange/hot pink and a brown/beige two-tone.
Available for £1,290 from Old Bond Street and Sloane Street boutiques and Prada.com
French Connection Printed Horses Black and White Canvas Shopper Tote
The Printed Horses tote from French Connection checks many of the trend boxes: monochrome, leather accents, and animal prints. But the pre-fall AW13 French Connection tote is much more, as it combines the aristocratic past of the black and white equestrian print with a presently urbane cool in the shape and structure of the bag.
Available for £125 from Frenchconnection.com
Words: Elise Marraro (follow Elise on Twitter: PardonMe_Lissie)