When I think of work tote, I think of a bag that is stylish, executive looking, and can definitely carry all the stuff you need to last at work throughout the day. This would definitely include wallet, phones, filofax, make up bag, printed paper (A4 or Letter size), and may be a kindle, iPad, laptop. I know I carry too much in my bag, but there’s a reason tote bags are big. I like structured bags, or at least semi structured bags. So here’s my list of awesome designer totes

Dior has a couple of good work totes. One can consider the Lady Dior a tote, but it’s not. It doesn’t have all the functionalities, even though it looks damn good.

My favourite is the Dior Cannage Soft Shopping Tote. Comes in a variety of colours but my favourite would be the beige with gold hardware. The lambskin makes is perfectly soft, yet it retains a bit of structure making it a perfect executive tote. Several pockets including two zipper pockets, two compartments and two phone pockets.


Of course, the Chanel is the classic designer favourite with a bag for every occasion. Chanel has two beautiful choices with great structure lines.

The Chanel Cerf Tote is just amazing. Also called the Executive Cerf Tote, it’s the perfect bag to compliment that executive look, you know, the navy blue pant suit or the striking black pencil skirt. Simple look, classic design.


The other choice is the GST – Chanel Grand Shopping Tote or the PST – Petite Shopping Tote. It has the timeless quilted pattern, with a huge interlocking logo. The gold hardware looks brilliant. Basic tote, with two compartments.


Next up, we have the Mulberry Bayswater. Now, this is Mulberry’s iconic bag. Over the years, there have been different tweaks to the design, leather and colour. It now comes in a whole range of colours including hot pink, and different kind of leather including ostrich. The moment I saw this bag, it looked so professional to me. Perfect for the office. The bag itself is expandable and it seriously can carry a lot, without ever losing its shape. The leather is tough and makes it the perfect choice for those days you need to runaround a lot. Not much going on inside except a very small tight zip pocket and two card holder pockets, which makes the main compartment seriously roomy.


3.1 Phillip Lim
The 31 hour bag that is already becoming an iconic bag. I read in an interview that it’s named the the 31 hour bag because it’s designed for people who pack in 31 hours in their day. I’m increasingly becoming a big fan of Phillip Lim. There is definitely something unique about the designs. This is a simple bag with just one inner zip. It is huge, simply huge. Big enough to definitely carry 31 hours of your life. But the design makes it so easy to carry everywhere without seeming obtrusive. It’s not an easy bag since top folds over and getting things in and out on the go would be a bit of a challenge. But who cares? I simply adore this bag for its space, leather, look and strength. Comes in single colour and two tone.



– everything written in this post is my opinion and I have not been asked to review any of the bags
– I do not own all the bags shown here so I’ve used stock photography for most (although I would love to)
– This list is by no means exhaustive