Shop the 13 Best Designer Tote Bags for Work

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It’s in the bag! If there’s one thing we can’t live without, it’s a practical purse. How else can we transport all our belongings? You never know when you’ll need miscellaneous must-haves. It’s better safe than sorry. Just ask all of the celebs we’ve profiled for our iconic What’s In My Bag? feature.

On a night out, we manage to stash our essentials in a bag or crossbody, but daytime is another story. Your work bag should be big enough to hold everything you need. After all, we carry our tote from home to the office and back again — sometimes making pit stops at the gym or a bar for happy hour. Not only do we need plenty of space to carry our phone, keys, wallet, and keys, but we also need extra space in the event that we need to change our outfits. A working woman is basically a superhero who can transform at will.

How we picked the Best Designer Tote Bags For Work:

We strive to be more professional in the office by choosing polished and professional pieces. You should dress for the job that you want, not the one you have. Accessories are the same. It is wise to invest in a high-end bag, as they are more expensive for frequent use in a refined setting. We narrowed down our top 13 designer tote bags to those that are both fashionable and practical for work.

This list was curated with fashion and function in mind. These totes bags are all spacious The design is sleek and allows you to store your belongings with style. We looked at the size of purses and also searched for those that had at least one pocket or pouch to organize our belongings.

These totes are all top-ofthe-line! These sophisticated shoppers will raise the bar at work and demand a raise.

1. Coach Willow Tote Bag

Nordstrom

This Coach Willow Tote Bag will elevate your work wardrobe. Featuring the brand’s signature C turn-lock clasp, along with over-the-shoulder straps and dual interior compartments, this large bag is open yet secure. And the center zip-pocket divider can store your iPad or other belongings you don’t want to misplace. Another perk? The pebbled leather will help prevent scratches when you’re on the go.

Pros:

  • Double compartments
  • Pebbled leather

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You should see it!

Available at: Nordstrom

2. Longchamp Large Le Pliage Shoulder Tote

Longchamp tote
Nordstrom

It doesn’t get more classic than the Longchamp Le Pliage Tote. This versatile bag is a style staple for decades and can be folded flat for easy storage while traveling. This water-resistant tote will keep your items dry even in rainy days. This bag can hold your laptop and has a leather trim that gives it a luxurious look.

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Available at: Nordstrom

3. Saint Laurent Shopping Leather Totes

Saint Laurent tote
Nordstrom

If you’re working with a slightly larger budget, then this Saint Laurent tote bag is simply divine! This stylish shopper is lightweight and easy to carry. It features an open top and a zip-top pocket for personal items. This softly structured bag is made in Italy from real leather and features a subtle logo as well as gold hardware. One shopper gushed, “I’ve been looking for the perfect tote bag and this is it! Everything fits perfectly inside, even my 13-inch MacBook. This purse is going to be my daily work bag. 10/10 recommend.”

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Available at: Nordstrom

4. Kate Spade Ava Reversible leather Tote

reversible tote
Amazon

You don’t need designer prices to get the designer name. This Kate Spade leather tote delivers – and then some! It’s large enough to carry all your essentials, but not too heavy to be burdensome. There’s also a removable coin purse so you can securely store important items. This bag is made with refined grain leather and can be reversible to get two different colors.

Pros:

  • Sale and Affordable
  • Reversible

Cons:

You should see it!

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5. Madewell The Transport Tote

Madewell tote nbg
Madewell

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a stylish stranger sporting this everyday bag while commuting to work. The Transport Tote is Madewell’s signature style, made with vegetable-tanned sustainable leather. This bag is not your basic bag. It has a longer strap to provide shoulder support and an interior zip pocket for extra safety. One shopper called this accessory “indestructible,” while another dubbed it a “holy grail tote.” Bonus: you can personalize this bestseller!

Pros:

  • Bestseller
  • Sustainable leather
  • Interior side zip pocket

Cons:

You should see it!

Madewell

6. J.Crew Berkeley Tote in Leather

fall shopper
J.Crew

A timeless style that’s new for fall, this J.Crew tote makes the perfect office accessory. This bag is spacious enough to hold your laptop and other essentials. It looks like a purse, but it acts like a duffel. There’s even magnetic closure and an interior zipper pocket to help protect your possessions. Enjoy a 50% discount for a limited period Code SHOPFALL.

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Available at J.Crew

7. Rebecca Minkoff Megan Leather Tote

black tote bag
Nordstrom

This Rebecca Minkoff bag is a must-have! This black leather bag is finished with clip-lock hardware. This bag is large enough to hold a laptop and is well-structured. As one shopper said, “Gorgeous, soft, perfect size for me. And lightweight.”

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Available at: Nordstrom

8. Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Tote Bag

The Tory Burch Perry Tote Bag is a modern take on a well-loved style. This updated version includes more pockets for organization, longer straps to provide extra comfort and additional space. This large tote is made from Italian pebbled Leather and includes a zip pocket, protective metal feet, and a removable Charm. You can fit a 13 inch laptop or other items in this bag.

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  • The majority of reviews are positive, but some customers were not happy with the straps.

You should see it!

Available at: Tory Burch

9. Modern Picnic Vegan Leather Totes

large black tote bag
Saks Fifth Avenue

This vegan leather tote will help you get to work in style. This bag features metal feet and gold hardware. This stylish shopper has a zip closure, an opening back pocket, and an inner zip pocket for additional storage.

Pros:

  • Sustainable
  • Multiple pockets and zipper closure

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

10. Christian Louboutin Cabata leather Tote

Christian Louboutin tote bag
Saks Fifth Avenue

You’re probably familiar with Christian Louboutin’s iconic red-bottom heels, but allow UseThis is the leather tote that we are introducing you to. Adorned with the brand’s signature spike embellishment at the handle, this bag is also marked by silver hardware and a flat contrast bottom with the Louboutin logo. Additional details to note: One interior compartment, with a removable zip pouch and a dual top handle. The top also features a lobster clasp closure and an open top.

Pros:

  • Signature details
  • Chic appearance

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You Must See It!

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

11. Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Travel Tote

Salvatore Ferragamo tote
Saks Fifth Avenue

Salvatore Ferragamo is a legendary brand that makes luxury shoes. Just like the brand’s famous footwear, this his pebbled leather tote is minimalist in construction yet unique in design. The zipper pouch inside features a passport stamp pattern. With signature gold logo hardware and an insert lock closure, this sturdy bag lives up to Ferragamo’s reputation.

Pros:

  • Luxe details
  • Interior zipper pocket

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

12. Michael Kors Jet Set Leather Tote

Michael Kors tote bag
Saks Fifth Avenue

Whether you’re traveling to the office or traveling to another city, this Michael Kors Jet Set Leather Tote will get you to your destination without a hitch. This spacious tote is made from Saffiano leather and has the most pockets out of all bags on the list. There’s two outside side open pockets, one inside zip pocket, three inside open pockets and an inside cell phone pocket. Plus, top zip closure! You will never lose a pen or beauty product again!

Pros:

  • Ample pockets
  • Zip closure

Cons:

  • It is not as big as other totes

You should see it!

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

13. Marc Jacobs Women’s The Tote Bag

Marc Jacobs The Tote Bag
Amazon

You are looking for a tote bag that has a relaxed look? Marc Jacobs’s popular style is made with durable canvas. Stand out from all the other black bags at the office with big block lettering and the label’s signature patch.

Pros:

  • Made with strong canvas
  • Relaxed style

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You Must See It!

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