Bags Totes

Leoht Tote

A handbag? I know, I know, we don’t normally post handbags, but stick with me here, because this particular one has something that’s worth talking about. It may not be enough to convince you (or the others around you) to abandon your (their) current It Bag, but it does offer some pretty cool technology that we’re hoping will soon catch on when it comes to luxury brands.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks

Do you want to look like you’re on a some sort of urban military mission? That’s what I think of when I see Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks and the various mag-lock pouches and accessories that may be added. The three packs offered are certainly more sleek and resolved than the previous design, and the modular nature of the mag-lock pouches is a smart way to customize how you carry your gear. Pick your base pack (Slate, TL, or Neoruk), then add on pouches, cases, and accessories to fit all your must-have stuff.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 212.00
Available from: Black Ember

Aer Fit Pack

Still searching for a simple, functional backpack that holds your workout gear and your laptop stuff? Take a look at the Aer Fit Pack. It’s designed to keep your sweaty stuff separate from the technology and papers you carry around, all in a compact size and style that’s suitable for both men and women. Shoes have a separate pocket, and there’s a handy quick access top pocket for your smartphone or keys.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $84.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Library Card Tote Bag

Do you recognize the card image on this tote bag? Congratulations, you are officially old and wise. If you don’t immediately recognize it, then I’ll do the patronizing thing and explain it to you as if you were an idiot a child.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stuff Rubber Bag

We posted this years and years ago (c.2007), and it’s still one of my favorite reusable bags. Designed by Sylvain Willenz, each Stuff bag is made out of 100% natural rubber latex- that means it’s stretchable and washable. It could be your everyday extra bag, perfect for stashing (or stuffing) extra things/purchases instead of using those oh-so-icky plastic shopping bags.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €19.50
Available from: Sylvain Willenz

Reika Leather Bag Honey by Elk

Perforated material is a good thing most of the time, and this Reikä Tote makes the most of it by using perforations as a pattern. Made from raw, washed cow hide, it’ll withstand your every day wear and tear; a small zipped pouch on the inside keeps smaller wallets or other accessories secure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: AUD215
Available from: Elk

The Prepster Emergency Survival Bag

Too lazy to put together your own emergency survival kit? Don’t you worry, you can buy the Prepster Bag and be fit for any disaster, for 72 hours at least. There’s a hand crank radio and phone charger, a first-aid kit, ProBar® Meals, BOXED WATER IS BETTER® waters, tools, a tent, LED flashlight, and so much more. It’s assembled all for you, in a striped and monogrammed bag, no less. If you had this the next time a fire, earthquake, or hurricane rolled around, would you be more prepared? Definitely. Could you buy all this stuff yourself and possibly save some money? Probably, but will you ever get around to it? There’s also the Prepster Lite ($145.00) for a trimmed down version.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $345.00 - 395.00
Available from: Preppi

Toby Bag Small

Would you like to see a cool box bag that you can use horizontally or vertically? Okay, here you go. It’s the Toby Bag, and you’re seeing the small size (there’s also a large). An all-around zipper makes things fun; open it completely as a work surface (or placemat, as Otaat suggests) if you so desire.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $585.00
Available from: OTAAT

Flip and Tumble Tote Bag

This sturdy bag is made entirely from 100% recycled-plastic bottles. I keep it in my daily commuting bag and it’s great for unexpected trips to the market. Folds flat, and when open measures 12.5″ wide, 15″ tall, with a 4.5″ gusset and features a flat plastic bottom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Flip and Tumble

Aer Duffel Pack

Your gym shoes stink. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone. However, that smell shouldn’t keep you from working out before, during, or after work. The Aer Duffel Pack keeps the smelly clothes and shoes separate from your laptop and office essentials, all in one bag. There’s the main compartment for clothes and such, a ventilated shoe pocket, a padded section for laptop and tablet, and a side easy-acess pocket for smaller items.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Orbit Collection Bags

There are several simple messenger bags out there, and the Orbit Collection by Sputnik Zurich most definitely belongs in that category. There’s two pockets and one strap. It’s a rectangle. Don’t yawn yet, though, because the bag incorporates reflective stripes to make sure you stay visible at night. The stripes will completely surround your torso; that means you’re safer no matter what direction you (or the vehicles around you) plan to go. The front, back, and straps all have reflective material, so you’ll be able to wear the bag on either shoulder.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Funnell – EJECT | WEAR

You know when you’re riding your bike or walking on the street and all of the sudden it starts to rain? You have to stop, get out your rain gear- if you have it- and put it on, then pedal or walk to your destination partially soaked, which is really no fun at all. That’s exactly where this backpack comes into play. A jacket ejects out of the backpack quickly (see the video below) to cover you and your pack sufficiently. It’s slightly super-hero-ish, and looks pretty easy in terms of function and use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $188.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Yield Picnic Bag

Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw the necessary goods in the Yield Picnic Bag and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or a playdate, if kids and toys are involved).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Evernote Triangle Commuter Bag

Messenger bags are okay, but what about one that won’t tip over when you set it down? That problem is solved by Japanese brand Abrasus: a triangular shape keeps the bag upright and allows you a bird’s-eye view of your contents when you unzip, allowing you to find your things efficiently. There are inside movable dividers for organization and an outside vented pocket allows you to see (and hear) smaller items.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Evernote

DAAME Leather Laptop Tote

Whoa, it’s about time. If you’re of the female persuasion and you’ve ever searched for an appropriate laptop bag, you know it’s hell. They’re either too ‘office-y’ or way too nice and expensive and not at all utilitarian. The DAAME Leather Laptop Tote has pockets and spaces for your laptop and tech stuff as well as your everyday essentials, and it doesn’t scream ‘HEY I’M CARRYING A LAPTOP! I JUST CAME FROM THE OFFICE!’… and it doesn’t cost over a grand, which is refreshing in the world of ladies’ high quality handbags. Instead, it’s being offered at (an introductory price of) $395, which is a steal considering its elegant appearance and utility.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: DAAME