Top Five orGLAMic Summer Totes

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Nothing spells summertime like the perfect neutral tote.  Easily pulling together more casual outfits, and an excellent way to carry all your summertime essentials (sunscreen, sunglasses, a New York Times bestseller, and more,) jaunts are chicer and sleeker with the addition of a perfectly styled bag to throw all your accessories in.  Give your refreshed, summertime look the royal treatment when traipsing around town in one of these beautifully designed orGLAMic summer totes.


One of my favorite handbag lines on the market (eco-conscious or not!) Fleabags offers eight styles and even more color variations of classic totes that can easily transition from office to evening to weekend getaway.  Made in New York of organic and vintage materials and vegetable-tanned leathers, all of the silkscreens use water-based inks and items are fully sewn, eschewing toxic glues or paints.   This refined, orGLAMic chic at it’s finest.

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole’s spring collection, Elle Nicole, offers a great vegan version of a leather hobo that I could easily see myself carrying around town.  The faux leather used is made of soy- and plant-based materials, so it is good for animals, good for the planet, and doesn’t hurt your fashion street-cred either.  The Saloon, pictured above in Stone, is boho-chic at it’s finest, and is also available in Orchid and Black.

Sea Bags

Whether in Nantucket or Phuket, the perfect beachside accessory is a fabulous, one-of-a-kind tote from Sea Bags.  Handmade in Maine of recycled sails that have traversed the planet, each bag varies in size, shape and color, making your purchase a truly unique find.  In addition, these bags are durable, water resistant and machine-washable, and their nautical styling assures that they will be perpetually in vogue.

Ashley Watson

If you are more of a minimalist in your schlepping needs, the Large Condor from Ashley Watson’s Spring 2010 collection may be exactly what the doctor ordered.  More petite than the other pieces listed here, this bag is office appropriate and would even look great slung across your body on a casual date.  Carefully crafted with pieces of reclaimed leather, and fully lined with hemp cotton and twill, this bag is definitely on our orGLAMic radar.


Longtime purveyors of the infamous “seatbelt bag,” Harvey’s Treecycle collection offers an uber-durable option that is ideal to schlep through airports, ferries and beyond, to get to your favorite summer destination.  Made of reclaimed seatbelts, organic hemp and water-based inks, the Large Treecycle Boat Tote is an orGLAMic alternative for an airplane carry-on or weekend duffle, and the muted colors give it a subdued summertime punch.

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