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Simple Backpack

How many simple backpacks have we featured? A lot. This one now joins the club, as it is simple (and named such) with no exterior fussiness to ruin your slim silhouette. Inside, it packs a lot of organization: there’s a sleeve for your 15″ laptop, plus a roomy zippered pocket for valuables. Two hidden outer zippered pockets give you easy access to mobile phone, keys, and pens, so you can easily grab them when needed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $168.00
Available from: Poketo

Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, and very light… plus, did you see the price?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.50
Available from: MilkDesign

The Citadel Minimal Pack

Yes, you’ve seen backpacks from Black Ember before, but this new Citadel pack offers a more minimal look. It favors a sleek front, in comparison to the Citadel Modular Pack ($255), which has a more adaptable facade for carrying your gear. With their latest performance textile, the 900-Denier 3-Layer Micro-Hex in Deep Black, the Citadel pack’s surface reduces reflection and ensures an IPX-06 waterproof rating.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $225.00
Available from: Black Ember

U-tility Backpack

Nice backpack, right? Made from sailcloth cotton with a water-repellent coating, the U-tility Backpack features a front zip pocket and several interior pockets. Yes, one of those pockets is padded for holding a 15″ laptop, plus there’s back padding for comfort. Army green, solid black, or raw natural are your color choices… and right now, those three colors are on sale.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Thisispaper Studio

Voyager Backpack

If you spend a lot of time on the go, you know how useful a good accessory bag can be, as it keeps your important things organized and close at hand. The Voyager aims to hold your necessities for a weekend getaway or long flight. Its interior features a zipper pouch (perfect for a pair of shoes), two medium-sized mesh pockets, a small bottom pocket, plus two adjustable straps to keep everything in place. Notice the slip on the back; it fits over an extended luggage handle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $158.00
Available from: Poketo

Terrazzo Tote Bag

Terrazzo fans, there’s now a tote bag that approximates the looks of our favorite material, all in a much lighter 100% organic cotton. And the size of it will please you, as it’s extra large, so there’ll be no worries about fitting a fluffy jacket or multiple grocery bags. Nice!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Beach Canvas Tote

Which way to the beach? Everyone will follow you if you’re carrying this tote, because it’s the ideal size for your towel, sunscreen, snacks, and paperback. Or, of course, you could use it as an everyday tote, as it would look perfectly appropriate for your weekly shopping as well. A waxed coating keeps the bottom protected; choose between Natural or Dark Navy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Everlane

Laundry Punch Bag

Get your frustrations out and then do your laundry. This punch bag is a heck of a lot cheaper than a real punching bag, and might just motivate you to keep your dirty laundry all in one place. Sure, it’s a little silly, but it’s also a kind of fun. Hang it in the closet or in the corner of a bedroom for easy access.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Picnic Tote Blanket

If you like picnics and have an extra $250 lying around, have I got the tote for you. Menu’s Picnic Tote Blanket starts off as a tote bag for your wine and snacks, but with a little unfolding, it becomes a soft blanket with a water-repellent layer underneath. Handy, huh? Take it to the park or beach this summer and relax in comfort.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Gessato

Àplat Culinary Totes

What you don’t know you need are some of these washable culinary totes by Àplat. Don’t roll your eyes, because you know that plastic bags are a no-no, and you also know that regular totes don’t always fit your purchases.
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Price: $37.00 - 160.00
Available from: Àplat

How To Live Canvas Tote Bags

I’m a mind reader. I know you’re thinking that these canvas tote bags are sort of expensive, and they are… sort of. But, look close at the bottom seams and handles, and you’ll see a bag built for daily use. Each bag has a minimal, quiet vibe; edges are clean, devoid of stitching, to better highlight the material- that’s special.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00 - 290.00
Available from: Luminaire

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

The City Backpack

Need a light backpack for carrying essentials during the day? The City Backpack might just work. It’s made of water-repellent nylon and has a padded interior (for a 13″ laptop) with an inner pocket for an iPad or Kindle. A small front slip with a magnetic snap keeps writing implements and smaller items close at hand; that plus an inner zip pouch will keep your stuff properly sorted. There’s also the no-nonsense nylon City Briefcase (in black or slate, if you’re interested.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Poketo

Reflective Notabag

The reflective straps on this Notabag are sure handy, as they will make you very visible when you’re out and about at night. But, the design of the straps is even handier; do you notice their angle? With a single pull of those straps, the bag transforms from a tote into an easy backpack. That makes carrying contents much more convenient, either by foot or by bicycle. Smart.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Minor History Traveler Backpack

Can there ever be too many minimal totes? I think not, because we are all a little picky in our quest for an everyday bag. This backpack by Minor History has a fold-over top with a magnetic closure, adjustable brass buckle straps, and a large zippered compartment (in the fold-over). That leaves plenty of room for a laptop and other necessities, either for your daily commute or a longer journey.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Poketo