Though I first felt like a full-fledged adult when I bought my own toothpaste after moving into my college dorm, I recently recognized the transition wasn’t complete when I found myself stuffing a day’s worth of essentials (yet again) into a worn-in canvas tote bag. I realized it’s time to splurge on a polished leather tote that won’t make me look like I’m still an undergrad when I walk into the office.
The candidates? The Large Emile Tote by Alexander Wang (I love the supple espresso leather and the structured corners), MM6 Maison Martin Margiela’s pebbled leather version, and a wool style with leather trim by DSQUARED2. But perhaps the most perfect for my purposes is from Diane von Furstenberg (pictured). Though it has the same shape as my old canvas standby, the ostrich-embossed leather lends it an unmistakable air of luxury. (And, like the DVF wrap dress, it’s perfect for all occasions.)