#National Handbag Day & Top 10 Totes for Busy Women

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HEUCY just learned that yesterday was #NationalHandbagDay. We’re a little late to the party, but would love to share our thoughts on the Top 10 tote bags for busy women. (We love totes almost as much as we “totes” love backpacks…more on that later).

I remember when I moved to New York, right after college just a few years back (hee hee) and I lugged my big, shiny, purple Esprit messenger tote with me everywhere. One night, an older/wiser/more fashionable woman pulled me aside at a cocktail party and said, with a look of real concern: “Honey, we must get you a new bag.”

Now I am older and a little bit wiser, and I no longer own that messenger tote and all of the insecurities and bad choices that came with it. I actually feel pretty confident in our collective take on the best handbags.

To make HEUCY’s list, bags had to fit the following criteria:

1. Displaced items (e.g. sunnies, tampons, lip gloss, business cards, half-full water bottles) can swim around in the bag…but no one can tell they’re swimming in there. It looks TIC (totally in control) from the outside. Kind of like you.

2. Transitions seamlessly from day to night, in case a clutch transfer is not happening.

3. Must, of course, pair well with a HEUCY dress and/or jumpsuit

Here’s the Top Ten, enjoy!

The Gap’s Camo Tote (photo below) —  Slightly edgy, roomy and versatile.  Good conversation starter.  (“You got that at The Gap?!”). http://www.gap.com

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Louis Vuitton’s Sac Plat Brown Tote — A timeless classic, that happens to be very durable.  Always chic. http://www.louisvuitton.com

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Mansur Gavriel’s Bucket Bag – The bag “of the moment”, but we think these will be around for a while.  Comes in tons of cool colors — our faves are Blu and Camello.  www.mansurgavriel.com

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Marni PVC Shopping Bag – This tote takes high/low to a whole new level.  And it’s very roomy.  Fortunately, it’s also less expensive than a Marni dress, so if you’re going to splurge…www.marni.com

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Clare V. Gosee Tote — we love Clare V. bags because they’re chic, versatile AND made in the USA…in LA, actually, where we source a lot of HEUCY’s sustainable fabric.  This style in particular is “made for the working woman.”  We can see why!  www.clarev.com

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Everlane Petra Magazine Bag — we heart all things Everlane, and this bag is no exception.  Subtle details and fine craftsmanship, at a very fine price.  www.everlane.com

Everlane petra leather market tote

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel — we just fell in love with the “Cobalt” color.  Would pair very well with HEUCY’s watercolor print, gray or black.  An investment piece. www.31philliplim.com

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Want les essentials de la vie OHare Shopper Tote — Fashion meets function in the most beautiful way.  One of our new fave lines, perfect for travel.  www.wantessentiels.com

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Mark and Graham Elisabetta Slouch handbag — I have this one.  Can’t beat free shipping, free monogramming (why not) and a great interior pocket to hide your stuff.

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Cream Mirrored Tote by Cook & Gates — An artistic print that can help you reinvent yourself any day of the week.  The line is hand-printed in Brooklyn, which we think makes it extra-special. www.cookandgates.net

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