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Toting Around: 10 best carry-all bags

Large (and we mean dangerously oversized) bags have been seen toted down the Spring Summer 2017 runway shows from brands like Céline, Marni, and Loewe. Fashion works this way: either it’s ridiculously minuscule, or unbelievably huge – that’s how you make a statement.

Don’t get us wrong – we love these attention-grabbing bags. However, we’d prefer something a little more functional yet still very much fashion-forward for daily use. One that we can throw (almost) our entire lives into, and tote it around all day. Because, you never know when you need that extra pair of sunglasses or extra pair of slippers, right?

Scroll ahead for a round-up of ten of our favourite carry-all bags.

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Alaïa leather tote

Alaïa’s Vienne leather tote is intricately embellished with the label’s signature laser-cut perforations and gunmetal studs. It features a handy zipped pouch for stowing makeup essentials and a mirror for touch-ups on the go. This lady-like tote is also roomy enough for a spare pair of flats or iPad.

Alaïa Vienne studded laser-cut leather tote, US$5,120 (S$7,409).

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Bottega Veneta tote bag

If you’ve seen how the artisans at Bottega Veneta weave these three-dimensional motifs that highlight the structured intrecciato panels on the front and back, you’d be amazed. The gusseted sides make this squared, spacious style perfectly adaptable. A hidden magnet closure secures the suede-lined interior, with a zip pocket and 2 flat pockets. When carried over the shoulder, the adjustable chain and leather shoulder strap firmly closes the top of the bag.

Bottega Veneta in tourmaline pacific peacock intrecciato nappa club leather, US$3,500 (S$5,062).

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Burberry medium Ashby

Crafted in Italy fusing suede and leather into a piece of beautiful, modern patchwork, the Ashby is a versatile everyday bag. It features a detachable purse, and can be worn on the shoulder or carried by hand. Intricate details include the hand-painted edges and leather tassels.

Burberry medium Ashby in patchwork canvas check and leather, S$2,395.


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Fendi leather tote

Since your man has got the Peekaboo bag, it’s only fitting for you to have this adorable yet highly-functional Petite 2Jours Hypnoteyes leather tote. Perfect for the organised minimalist, this bag features two internal compartments and one zip-fastening pocket. Carry it slung from the shoulders or by the handles.

Fendi Petite 2Jours Hypnoteyes leather tote, S$3,245.

5 /10

Gucci GG leather tote

Made of smooth, supple leather in Italy, this large tote features Gucci’s signature GG detail. This scarlet tote is the ultimate throw-it-all-in bag with interior zips and pockets for your smart phones.

Gucci embossed GG leather tote, US$2,390 (S$3,458).

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Marni canvas tote

Marni’s canvas and leather tote is a perfect marriage of polished and casual. Its ageless and evergreen striped design means its great for sharing even between the men in your life. This tote features a detachable shoulder strap, top magnetic closure, and an internal zip pocket.

Marni striped canvas tote, S$1,390.

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Proenza Schouler bucket bag

This is definitely not your average carry-all bag. Diagonally printed ayers snakeskin make up this aesthetically pleasing bucket bag with hand laced contrast whipstitch detail. That’s not all the details: the laces are individually bonded with painted edges. This Proenza Schouler number also features a custom woven leather, chain shoulder strap, and an interior toggle closure.

Proenza Schouler Hex bucket bag, S$3,433.

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Saint Laurent fringed tote

Fresh from the brand’s Spring Summer 2017 collection, this leather tote is a little edgier than you regular black tote. Made in Italy with calfskin, the understated tote is adorned with leather fringes at the sides. It is finished with flat shoulder straps, magnetic snap closure, and an internal zip pocket.

Saint Laurent large leather fringed tote, US$1,150 (S$1,664).

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Sophie Hulme canvas and leather tote

A fun addition to your bag collection, this Sophie Hulme Resort 2017 number is inspired by American artist, Sol LeWitt. The Cromwell bag is made from ecru canvas and leather strips of rainbow hues. It’s roomy enough to use for overnight stays or storing your gym kit and has two carrying options – top handles or a detachable shoulder strap.

Sophie Hulme Cromwell canvas and leather tote, US$1,205 (S$1,743).

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Valentino Rockstud medium tote

If you’re looking for something with a large amount of details, and would stand out from a sea of carry-all bags – this is the one. Valentino’s Guitar Rockstud Rolling calfskin tote is fully embroidered with multi-coloured wooden beads, cabochon, antique-finish studs, and metal hardware. Its detachable cotton shoulder strap is also covered with a Native Couture 1975 embroidery.

Valentino Guitar Rockstud Rolling medium tote, US$4,760 (S$6,888).

Toting Around: 10 best carry-all bags

Gracia Phang

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