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Fashion Friday: The Summer Tote

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Between now and early September, there are still plenty of sunny summer days left and only one essential accessory you need for the weekend jaunts and the seaside trips—the tote. Why do we adore these oversized yet surprisingly lightweight, roomy yet classy, durable yet chic, numbers so much? Mostly because they can hold all the warm-weather essentials we need—towels, beachwear, sunscreen, hats, yoga mats, summer books, Kindles, I-pads—you name it. They are also our great summer love because with the right style, an artsy tote can jazz up any laid-back summer outfit. Here are some of our favorite ideas from this season’s designers that prove the endless versatility of the summer tote.


TRUS-L_LR_TRQ_PNK-OSZ_product1_1024x1024Pink Rhombus Tote by Truss

This beauty by Truss is a tote with a purpose. Composed of 100% recycled plastic, designed in NYC and handmade by skilled weavers in Oaxaca (proceeds are devoted to helping Oaxacan communities), these sturdy totes are just as useful in the city as they are traversing the local village markets.



Striped Raffia Valencia Tote by MAR Y SOL

This oversized and unlined tote is the ideal carry all for a beach getaway. The natural 100% raffia of this tote is hand crocheted with nautical inspired stripes and accented with sturdy leather handles.



dolce-gabbana-white-medium-majolica-print-tote-product-0-561280844-normal_large_flexMajolica Print Tote by Dolce & Gabanna

This tote exemplifies the epitome of Italian style. Its blue and white leather medium Majolica print features round top handles, a double shoulder strap and a gold-tone logo plaque.  . . . . il_570xN.744324709_isxs Lily Tree Tote by Yaling Hou/Etsy  . This concept is from independent designer Yaling Hou on Etsy. The “Tree in Black” is a hand-silkscreen print, her original textile pattern. The cotton tote is generously sized and finished on the bottom with vintage leather.  . .  . P00150354-Rockstud-printed-reversible-shopper-DETAIL_2 Rockstud Printed Reversible Tote by Valentino


This is an innovative spin on the camouflage print. This reversible tote is army green on one side and multi-colored camouflage on the other. The Valentino brand’s signature studs adorn the super-smooth fabric, giving the roomy style its iconic finish.

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