New designers prove totes aren’t just for the market
Though we can't deny the environmental benefits of reusable totes, most of them aren't nice enough to sport outside of the grocery store.
We're breaking that rule with Fleabags, a new line of sustainably made tote bags from best friends Shira Entis and Alex Bell. What started with a desire to quit accumulating plastic bags on flea market jaunts is now an upscale alternative to those cotton sacks we get from NPR drives.
Each heritage bag is locally produced using hemp canvas, vegetable-tanned leather and dead-stock vintage fabrics. We love the preppy Alice knapsack ($340), the convenient lamb leather travel clutch ($115), which doubles as an iPad case, and the structured, hatbox construction of the Weekender bag ($485).
The prettiest (and most practical) tote is the roomy Original Flea ($440). Inspired by a vintage doctor's bag Bell received from a neighbor, it exhibits the same craftsmanship as old-fashioned luggage, plus it can fit all of our market finds.
Reaffirming their commitment to staying local, Entis and Bell just shot their Spring 2012 lookbook at eco-friendly furniture company Uhuru. Have your pick of the covetable collection on the Fleabags e-shop, or check it out in person at Henri Bendel.