From the cute and the quirky to the weird and the wonderful, tote bags are quickly becoming a staple accessory in a designer's wardrobe. Check out our favourites...
In recent years, the design world has seen tote bags become a great, cost-friendly way for artists to get their work out into the big wide world. Not only are they cheap and eco-friendly, with the right design they can also be something of a fashion statement.
There are millions of great tote bag designs out there, here we've picked 10 awesome examples. Which one is your favourite?
01. Suit Tote
This amazing 100% upcycled suit tote from Poketo was made from a vintage wool suit, multicoloured corduroy shirt and reclaimed soft leather for the straps. The company created a series one-of-a-kind bags, each named individually like The Tim (above), after Tim Chan, publisher of the Corduroy Magazine. Part of an eco-awareness program in South Korea, this bag is not just cool from a fashion point-of-view but an environmental one too!
02. Girl on a Swing
This cool strap tote bag was created by Hong Kong-based product company 7 Little Moments. The entire design is focused around the strap and the effects they can create combined with printed artwork. Part of a series, there are three designs in total including one of the Eiffel Tower.
03. Street banner tote
South Korean non-profit organisation Eco Party Mearry made these beautiful, colorful upcycled bags from rescued street banners that would otherwise have been discarded. In an attempt to save waste, the company specialise in repurposing cast-off materials to create new and modern goods. And if these awesome bags are anything to go by, we hope they continue the good work!
04. Note bag
See what they did there? It's a bag that looks like a note book... note bag! Replicating a traditional college notebook used in Japan, the felt bag was produced by design studio Yuruliku. The Japanese-based company take a slow and relaxed approach to their designs and base their theme on 'little humour' found in everyday life.
Keep moving with this cool Allstar tote bag from One and the Same, a design studio created by Alessandra Olanow based in Brooklyn. Olanow's drawings reflect her surroundings, capturing the nature of the city she loves. Cleverly incorporating the straps into this design, this is the perfect bag to carry your real canvas shoes around in.
06. Huge tote
Global digital agency Huge has created an awesome range of tote bags. They feature mainly typographical designs, including 'Work is stupid' and 'Shut the fuck up and do your job'. But they also feature graphic design such as this one depicting the contents of a typical work bag - tablet, drink, headphones, keys, and... er... knuckle duster, obviously!
07. The message bag
There are literally thousands of tote bags with typography designs out there but this one caught our eye. Rather than just a bold statement splashed across the bag, the use of typography here conveys a message in a cool and clever way. A collaborative effort between Twelvezeroseven and Baum-Kuchen, the canvas tote bags are a perfect example of an interesting way to visually communicate through typography.
08. Nutty tote bag
Lazy Oaf is famous for its bright pop graphic T-shirts, reversible sweats and accessories collections and was started by Gemma Shiel back in 2001. After selling her hand screen-printed tees on an East London market stall, the brand is now stocked in over 150 outlets. Most of their designs are created in-house but this 'Nutty' tote bag was designed by artist Jon Burgerman. A perfect collaborator!
09. Elephant Memory Pills
This cute design was created by Sloth Sundays, who describe themselves as your one-stop shop for letterpress and screen-printed goodies. Owned and created by Clara Kohn, Sloth Sundays create pillows, cards, bags, and even Christmas decorations. This is the bag for you if you've had one of those days with one of those clients.
10. Dust Eco Tote
Noodoll is the brainchild of designer and author YiYing Wang, who created the brand as part of her MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martin’s, London. The character of Noodoll lives in Noodle Town where everyone and everything is made of noodles; the character on this tote is Rice Dust, who is so happy that he has received a letter from Noodoll.
Which tote was your favourite? Have you seen an even better tote? Let us know in the comments box below!
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