this season, a roomy, supple, and simple leather tote is really appealing to me as a work-to-weekend hold-all.
recently, a number of friends and blog readers have asked for my recommendations for an elegant yet functional leather work bag. my top pick is the isabella tote.
design: i love the supple calf leather, minimal hardware, clean lines, and complete absence of logos. thoughtful details include metal 'feet' at the base, and a large interior zip compartment and ID/metrocard slot. the overall aesthetic embodies quiet luxury, which in my opinion is ideal for most work environments. the larger size has room enough for all the weekday essentials: laptop, work files, a brown-bag lunch, an extra pair of flats or gym shoes. perfect for weekend shopping at the greenmarket, too.
usability: typically, i would balk at a bag without a top zip closure, but the reality is i carry my longchamp open 99% of the time for convenience's sake. i quite like the idea of carrying this tote with the sides tucked in. because the shoulder straps have a medium drop (similar to the LV neverfull and goyard totes), the bag remains close to your body. et voilà – a streamlined and unfettered way to wear it while still keeping your things secure.
details, details: the inside zip compartment with a little card slot for stashing valuables
a friend has the Celine cabas and uses it for work – it's beautiful and she wears it well. the AI tote is an equally luxurious option and the price, as they say, is right.
available in more colors here – the burgundy one just made it to the top of my holiday wishlist!
P.S.: check out this lower priced minimalist tote by Madewell too.
what do you think? what's your work/wishlist bag?