The Bag That Convinced Me to Finally Buy a Work Tote


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Despite being a bona fide bag lady, the last thing I ever considered investing in was a quality work tote. Simply put, I didn’t feel the need for one when I had a perfectly good, roomy, and durable canvas option in my arsenal. But, after schlepping a heavy, bulky bag to more than one professional occasion, that particular style started to lose its luster. I realized the time had come for an upgrade to a sleek, more polished pick. But, if you’re like me—someone who not only understands the investment in a designer handbag (financially and emotionally) but also the fact that this is an accessory you’ll use every single day—indecision paralysis will undoubtedly follow. And even more so when you’re seeking a work bag that’ll transcend seasons and last you a long time.

Eventually, I came across the DeMellier Vancouver Tote. I was already well-acquainted with the London-based label’s bestselling New York Tote, so I knew I would be getting a high-quality leather bag—I just didn’t quite expect such a timeless, minimalist style to become my go-to for nearly everything.

DeMellier The Vancouver Tote

The Vancouver Tote

DeMellier The Vancouver Tote

Let it be known to the world that I—and the New York transit system, for that matter—am not the kindest to my daily carries. I have spilled many a coffee thermos and squished too many granola bars to count in my carry-all. But looking at this bag, you would never know. And just to drive that idea home, I’ve received countless compliments on it for all the post-work events I’ve attended, solely based on the look—and more importantly, the feel—of it.

As a work bag, it fits my 15-inch laptop with room to spare for a water bottle or thermos, my toiletry bag, and a few other everyday necessities. I’ve been known to stuff my bags to the brim, and this tote will hold all the essentials—without allowing extra space for the things I might need and never actually use.

Of course, this is more than just a work tote; there are thoughtful features on the inside that allow it to stand up to some of the best designer totes on the market. In the two slip pockets, I store my keys, phone, and wallet just within arm’s reach—which is very useful on my daily commute. There’s also a zippered pocket, which is where I keep my jewelry and other small valuables.

I could go on, but really, you simply need to experience this bag for yourself. Just trust me on this: You’ll be using The Vancouver Tote every single day. And just in case you want some other elevated options, shop more office-approved (and editor-loved) leather tote bags from DeMellier below.

Tokyo Leather Tote Bag

DeMellier Tokyo Leather Tote Bag

New-York Croc-Effect Leather Tote Bag

DeMellier New-York Croc-Effect Leather Tote Bag

London Tokyo Leather Shoulder Bag

DeMellier London Tokyo Leather Shoulder Bag

New York Leather Bucket Bag

DeMellier New York Leather Bucket Bag

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