• Laura Dotolo

History of the Tote Bag


The tote bag mixes beauty and utilitarianism, acting as a universal symbol of feminine functionality. Whether it's used for shopping in the fight against plastic bags, or a versatile and stylish work bag for any busy day, the tote is a wardrobe staple.

We can trace the word 'tote' to before the 17th century, meaning to 'carry' something. In the 19th century, the age of utilitarianism, the tote bag became easily recognisable as well as functional. What interests the team at Clutch Bags dot com the most, is when function met fashion in the 60's. The tote bag of the 60's took to the runway and became an instant statement of functional fashion.

Vintage tote bag circa 60's Vogue

In the 60's Vogue featured a modern tote bag in the magazine. Evidence that the tote bag trend has, and always will be in style.

Women are sick of carrying stuff and in the new age of modernity and minimalism society, do we really need that much stuff anyway? The #girlboss essentials all fit into a tote bag keeping you hands-free, sporty and chic, from a country hike to a city stroll.

The tote bag revolution is not only aesthetically on-trend, but is also praised for its versatility. From transparent, oversized or athleisure-looking, to modern or classic leather totes, there is a tote bag to suit every #girlboss.

Today the tote bag trend reaches us via so many different markets, and we believe it might be here to stay! So here are some tote bags that we are loving, at different price points so you can find the perfect tote bag and live out your #girlboss dreams.

1. Saturday's NYC tote, $45

2. Tory Burch Gemini Link Tote, $139

3. Clutch NY tote, $185

4. Linda Busch canvas tote, $320


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