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Gift of the Day: A Durable (and Affordable) Designer Tote Bag

Photo: Andrew Myers

My parents were always plastic-bag hoarders, which was good for the whole “reduce, reuse” thing but always took up significant real estate in the pantry. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, apparently, and dozens of tote bags have taken over one of my kitchen cabinets. Life doesn’t have to be this way, though, as I discovered the understated joy of owning a designer tote bag.

Founded by Consuelo Castiglioni in 1994, Marni is known for its eclectic and quirky spirit. Its current creative director Francesco Risso creates pieces that merge bold colors and elements of the art world. The Italian luxury brand’s totes are made from polyvinyl chloride, a material that is durable, waterproof, and actually looks good. This one, with blue and burgundy color blocking, essentially makes for two bags in one. Calfskin handles and a detachable black leather logo tag add finishing touches. Measuring in at about 16 by 18 inches, it can hold a laptop, lunch, and so much more.

Gift of the Day: A Durable and Affordable Designer Tote Bag