I was a lover of the big tote. It was my catch-all…everything from the computer, iPad, make-up kit, wallet, notebook, medicines, cardigan, water bottle…and the list went on. It took a shoulder injury, possibly caused by all that weight I was lugging around on one shoulder, to convert me to the benefits of using a smaller backpack or handbag.
But I must admit that it definitely gave me a thrill to see the big totes making a strong showing in the recent runway shows. Some of my favourite big totes include Alberta Ferretti
, Max Mara
and Proenza Schouler
(as featured in Vogue Resort 2022
There they were, mostly in leather, looking so practical yet chic. Almost all the designers went for a more structured silhouette with bottom or all-side gussets, giving the bags extra strength and room.
On APLF’s sampleroom
, there are many featured brands presenting totes that fit the current trend such as: