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15 Designer Tote Bags Best for the Post COVID Return to Work

New 2021 luxury designer tote bags and shoppers from Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and more

Back to normal, back to the office, and back to needing a bag to tote around all of our stuff! There’s no better time than now to invest in a new chic luxury designer tote bag to carry you through the rest of 2021 in style. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of 12 designer tote bags and shoppers – including great new looks from Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Loewe, Burberry and Saint Laurent – best for the post COVID-19 return to work and “normal” everyday life.

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It’s been such a long time since we had to carry anything anywhere, it’s like we’ve forgotten how to do it. After a year of working from home, our old totes and knapsacks are looking a little tired and forgotten.

So, what are the best new luxury designer tote bags of 2021?

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As we embark on the next chapter of our lives, we’re finding that we want something to motivate us through this moment of uncertainty and change. If you’re interested in procuring a brand-new tote bag for your grand return to the office or to school, look no further. Here are twelve  new 2021 designer tote bags we can all get behind, just in time for a summer we won’t forget.

New 2021 luxury designer tote bags and shoppers from Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and more

The best new 2021 luxury designer tote bags and shoppers from Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and more.

best new designer tote bags and shoppers of 2021

1. best 2021 designer tote bags: Signature Tote from Dagne Dover

If you’re going to invest in a new designer tote bag in 2021, you want it to be perfect. Dare we say, you may even want it to be legendary. That’s why you may be interested in the “Legend” Signature Tote from Dagne Dover. It comes in seven colors – including three limited edition varieties (we love the pickle!) – and we’re pretty sure any of them would make the perfect sidekick for your commute. As Dagne Dover says, this bag is “large and in charge” and fits “basically everything,” which is exactly what want our totes to do. You may not remember the last time you needed to bring a laptop and change of clothes with you, but your new bag does.

 

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BUY NOW – $265.

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2. best 2021 designer tote bags: Louis Vuitton OnTheGo Tote

Every season LV has a delicious new collection of bags and there’s always a lust-worthy tote (or three). 2021 is no exception in the annals of designer tote bags from Louis Vuitton. This year for us, the Best of Show is this “By the Pool” OnTheGo toteJust looking at it makes us smile – and isn’t that what a great bag is all about right now?

BUY NOW: $3,050.

3. best 2021 designer tote bags: Bateau Tote from Clare V

You might be looking for a bag that has a little flair to ita little fun. If so, we recommend checking out the Bateau Tote from Clare V.  With its black and cream woven checkerboard, this is a bag you’ll never confuse for somebody else’s, and its playful energy may be exactly what you need for your first trip back to the office. But the best part of the bag is this: it includes a clasp and D-ring to cinch it into a new shape, making it a bag that you can use for any occasion.

 

 

BUY NOW – $475.

4. best 2021 designer tote bags: Loewe Cushion tote

Loewe’s summery Cushion tote is inspired by the house’s home-décor offerings. Crafted in Portugal from canvas, this “hold everything” bag is trimmed with leather.

 

BUY NOW: $1,200.

5. best 2021 designer tote bags: Ella Printed Tote Bag from Tory Burch

While we’re on the topic of fun, we love this printed tote bag from Tory Burch. This tote seems to perfectly describe our current moment: at the same time the weather is warming up, and we’re finally able to see friends, we also have to return to work. Our hearts are at beach, but our bodies are at our desks. This bag will help you through this strange transition, by letting you imagine you’re on vacation all summer long.

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BUY NOW – $228.

6. best 2021 designer tote bags: White Harper Tote from Poppy + Sage

And while we’re on topic of the beach, we also want to direct you towards this bag from Poppy + Sage. It too feels like it could double as a bag for work and play, with a choice between an unlined, natural interior or a fabric insert. Each bag is individually woven and sustainably sourced, making for a one-of-a-kind tote that you can really trust.

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BUY NOW – $179.

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7. best 2021 designer tote bags: Anjou Tote GM from Goyard

The Anjou Tote is a serious bag from the O.G. of luxury totes, Goyard. But it comes in  such fun colors – everything from a sunshine yellow, to a dreamy sky blue – that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Named for the Duc D’Anjou, the little brother of King Louis IX Goyard tote bag, it’s the slightly smaller version of the Saint Louis. And with its reversibility – canvas and leather – it’s a bag that was designed to walk the line of the many lives you live throughout your every day. Bring it to the beach, the office, or anywhere else your travels may take you.

BUY NOW: $3,550.

8. best 2021 designer tote bags: Tall Structured Leather Tote from Cuyana

And now for something a little different. Cuyana offers a line of many excellent tote bags, and we are big fans of this one, which is a tall mirror to most totes’ wide forms. Every bag is made with Italian leather, and with a built-in laptop sleeve. You can choose between a rainbow of interior and exterior colors, and even add a monogram.

 

BUY NOW – $215.

9. best 2021 designer tote bags: Voya Tote from Sen Reve

The Voya Tote from Sen Reve is as good as it gets. And if you act now, you may even catch the limited seasonal “Cream” edition when it’s back in stock. Otherwise, any of the six classic colors will look splendid on your arm, letting you enjoy the bag that is described as “minimal yet maximized.” It has enough space for a 15” laptop, as well as eight additional pockets for anything and everything you need. If you’re someone who’s nervous about the return to regular programming, this bag has got your back.

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BUY NOW – $895.

10. best 2021 designer tote bags: Canvas and Leather from Saint Laurent

We are big fans of this Saint Laurent tote bag. Canvas and leather, with multiple color options, this is a bag that you don’t have to think twice about. The tubular leather handles make it an easy carry, and you know it would look good in every season. Always a great option.

 

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BUY NOW – $1,590.

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11. Small Zip Tote from Mansur Gavriel

Don’t take the word “small” too seriously – this bag can still fit a 13” laptop and other essential items. And with its pretty pink and blue options, we think it might be the right bag to ease you back into normal life. After all, you don’t want to go in feeling weighed down, and the pastel colors will give you a little pep in your step.

 

Best designer luxury tote bags for summer 2021

BUY NOW – $525.

12. Classic Batchel in Leather from The Cambridge Satchel Company

While it’s true that a satchel is not a tote, hear us out – this will still fit a 13” laptop, a wallet, a journal, an umbrella, and anything else that a tote could fit. The Cambridge Satchel Company also notes that it could fit a banana – what a special bag! With its rainbow of pretty colors, we think that this is a fabulous choice. Check out the “daybreak” hue. This might be the bag you love so much, you want to go to the office just for an excuse to carry it.

BUY NOW – $250.

13. The Do-It-All-Tote from Everlane

The Do-It-All Tote from Everlane will help you do just that. Made from 75% recycled materials, this is a bag that makes life easy. It’s machine-washable, and functions as a shoulder bag or crossbody. For a no-fuss bag that will help make this change as smooth as possible, the Do-it-All is a fantastic option. Choose between five fun colors to suit this new tote to your own personal palette.

 

Best designer luxury tote bags for summer 2021

 

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14. best 2021 designer tote bags: Telfar

Keep your eyes open for Telfar’s next drop. If you want your back-to-work tote to be one of their signature shopping bags, hop online to nab this cool silver edition. Miss the boat? Keep your eyes on their website.

 

BUY NOW – $257.

15. best 2021 designer tote bags: Gucci Rajah

Gucci has reimagined its beloved Rajah tote bag in off-white leather this season, complete with a crystal-embellished tiger head plaque. It’ll take you from day into night, all summer long.

Best designer luxury tote bags for summer 2021

BUY NOW: $2,500.

16. best 2021 designer tote bags: Marni Market striped-crochet tote

We conclude our roundup of the best designer tote bags of 2021 with a stunner. This pink, red and blue tote bag is part of the artisanal Marni Market collection for spring summer 2021.

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BUY NOW: $290.

best new 2021 designer tote bags and shoppers

That’s our take on the best 2021 designer tote bags and shoppers – including Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Burberry and Saint Laurent – for the post COVID-19 return to work and “normal” everyday life. What do you think, dear reader? Which one’s on your wish list as you return to real life?

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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