Born out of necessity, carryalls with shoulder straps replaced dainty clutches when many women entered the work‐ force during World War II, says Colleen Hill, associate curator of accessories at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City. Consider these high-quality options in a range of styles.
Rustic, meet refined. Filson's tote has two interior pockets and is made from thick, supple, seemingly indestructible suede that will only get more gorgeous with age. Rugged Suede tote, in Saddle, $550, filson.com.
Cleverly placed snaps on this Ann Taylor bag allow for shape‐shifting: Cinch in the sides for an elegant silhouette, or leave them open to make room for a laptop. Buckle Leather tote, in Black, $198, anntaylor.com
Proof that basic can be beautiful, the spacious, buttery‐soft Shinola tote (in a chic gray) travels seamlessly from work to weekend. Medium Shopper tote, in Gunmetal, $595, shinola.com.
Trademark’s glazed‐leather top‐handle bag has a narrow footprint, as well as brass studs for a hint of embellishment.
Small Aubock tote, in Saddle, $498, trade-mark.com.
Everlane is known for producing high‐end luxury goods (while being transparent about its production and costs) and selling them at a low markup. This roomy style is constructed with Italian leather in a factory outside Venice. Petra Market tote, in Bright Navy, $365, everlane.com.
With its clean lines and chic color combos, this Italian leather tote from cult accessories house Mansur Gavriel dresses up or down effortlessly. A detachable zippered pouch makes it easy to reach for a phone or keys. Large tote, in Brandy with Avion interior, $585, mansurgavriel.com.