I had wanted an everyday tote bag for a while now. A bag where I could throw everything in and just run out the door. Something where I wouldn’t have to think and that was going to be nice but not too nice. Now please cue the drumroll for the Madewell Transport Tote! I had been comparing it with other tote bags online, from the feel of the leather to the size and different colors available and ended up choosing this one.
I had gone to the Madewell store several times before to try the bag on in person, see how I would wear it and how I liked the leather. As with any leather bags they are all unique and slightly different from each other. The ones in the store weren’t in the best shape anymore, especially around the handles and that concerned me. I then also looked into Cuyana, which is an amazing online leather store based out of California. I’ve ordered stuff from them before so I knew they passed my quality standards. However their tote bag seemed a bit more scratch sensitive from what I could see online and had a bit of a different shape than I was looking for. The Madewell Transport Tote seemed more durable where I wouldn’t have to get upset about a small scratch or filling it to the brim with groceries and being concerned about the leather straps. All of those reasons led me to going with the Madewell Transport Tote and I’m so glad I did! I ordered it online and got it monogramed with my initials, why not right? And as a mandatory disclaimer, I’m not one of those people who has everything monogramed with their things. But I thought the gold foil stamp looked refined and not in your face obvious so I decided to do it.
When I got it in the mail the leather was super soft and felt really nice. I got it in the color english saddle, which is part of their permanent line. The tote also has a small zipper pocket on the inside where I usually put my keys and my lip balm. I have literally used it every day since I’ve gotten it because it’s effortless and fits everything I need. If you decide to go with this tote I’d recommend buying it online because I think you’ll get a nicer leather feel than from some of the bags they have in store.
I know I’m going to use this bag a bunch this summer for upcoming picnics, beach trips or just running around town and going to the grocery store. What is your favorite everyday bag?