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Kristin Booker • July 28, 2014

Obsession of the Day: Madewell The Transport Tote

I admit it: I have a really, really hard time pulling the trigger of high-cost designer handbags. I love ’em, but I tend to look with skepticism at a bag that is “on trend” but will “hold its value.” I know I fly in the face of many a fashionista when I say that my full intention is to spend good money on a bag that I will never have to sell. The value in the bag is my ability to pull it out and use it over and over again until they could conceivably bury me with it. That, to me, is how a bag holds its value.

That said, I still dream of fancy designer bags.

Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Image courtesy of Shopbop.

However, what I actively lust over are things that are well made that will just look better the more you beat them up. I live for totes that can help me carry my house on my shoulder (because New Yorkers can’t hop in our cars, what you have with you is, well, what you’re working with today,) and it needs to look good season after season. This leather tote from Madewell fits the bill, and I think this is my new bag for Fall 2014.

Interior of the tote. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Interior of the tote. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

The shape? Simple and elegant. The material? Laser-cut cowhide, so it will age like a good leather should. It’s roomy without looking oversized and can neatly conceal the details of my life. I love that it’s going to get better with each passing year, that the rich dark cabernet hue will fade like a great bomber jacket as it continues to help me haul my life around. It works for work, travel, weekend trips to the farmer’s market or for a quick overnighter out of town with #LuckyGuy.

That, to me, says the bag is a great investment. Consider me sold.

Madewell The Transport Tote, $168 via


One Response to Obsession of the Day: Madewell The Transport Tote

  1. Julia Coney says:

    That’s too funny. I just ordered this tote for my trip next week.

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