Tote-tally chic: 6 stylish totes by local brands

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Bag trends, like everything in fashion, come and go. One style, however, has stood the test of time: the tote bag. Popular for its convenience and beloved for its no-fuss shape, this particular style is a favorite of many. To breathe new life into this classic design, brands have made their own interpretations, whether it’s through a personalized touch or unexpected change of medium.

Check out these fun and fashionable iterations of the tote bag by talented local creatives and makers:

Ia Coca (@ia.coca)

Born out of the pandemic, the Ia Coca brand released a capsule of tote bags featuring graphic occult-themed embroidery. Made of durable canvas with thick rope handles, these totes are perfect for everyday use. If you’re looking to make a statement, check out the “Fang Bangerz.” Let’s just say this tote has a mean bite.

müü.haa (@_muu.haa_)

The Paper Bag, made with locally sourced leather, is equal parts minimalist and quirky. A sleek all-black body makes it understated, while the frilled edges give it just the right amount of whimsy. müü.haa is all about creating uniform-like pieces that go with everything in your closet—fashion-forward but still versatile. The Paper Bag is available exclusively via basicmovement.ph.

ARC (@shoparcclothing)

Made with various fabric offcuts, each letter patchwork features a unique pattern. You can choose the letter of your choice upon adding the item to your cart. It comes in black, khaki and fatigue. These tote bags are part of the brand’s conscious initiative, which aims to promote sustainability and environmental consciousness by minimizing textile waste and upcycling.

Badass Tote Girl (@badasstotegirl)

The Ribbon Shopping Tote is roomy and effortless. The adjustable strap allows you to wear it in many different ways. Shorten it if you’re feeling a typical tote or handbag moment, lengthen it and don it as a crossbody if you want to go hands-free. Made of quality canvas, it’s easy to wash and clean. It comes in a variety of versatile colors such as nutmeg, ash, coral and coal.

Seek The Uniq (@shopseektheuniq)

If you have no qualms about having the contents of your bag in full display, this PCV tote bag is quite the arm candy. Made by local artisans with lightweight natural materials, the Solano features a clear PVC body and a rattan frame and top handle. The Solano PVC Tote Bag with Rattan Frame is available in green and yellow.

Orias (@oriasstudios)

Although more known for bespoke men’s tailoring, Orias also boasts an impressive line-up of bags, including the Abaca Beach Tote. Aside from being a sustainable material, abaca is known for its durability and resistance to salt water. A classic shape, smart choice of material and a titch of color make this the perfect everyday bag, whether it’s a trip to the beach or a day of errands around town.

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