There was once a time when you could only get a shopper tote bag in boring old canvas or recycled eco hessian. Nowadays, a shopper tote can be made of 100% leather, raffia, jelly plastic and even have metal studs on it. Basically the tote has had a total face-lift and is now considered to be a major fashion accessory, rather than a shopping necessity.
And while those old canvas totes are still around, these days they’re more likely to have union jacks printed on them, or other iconic symbols. Anyway, have a look at the ones I’ve selected. As usual, River Island have come out on top of my handbag list but surprisingly New Look are a close second with some very reasonable and original looking bags; I particularly love their ‘Jelly’ range. But let’s see what you prefer:
New Look – Black & White Shopper Bag – £19.99
Black and white shopper bag with adjustable chain woven shoulder strap and twin carry handles. Buckle front detail with zip fastening to the main compartment and front pocket with metal push clasp. Visit Newlook.com for this bag.
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson – Natural Embroidered Shopper Bag – was £49 now £39.20
This natural shopper bag from the Butterfly by Matthew Williamson designer handbag range features scalloped tan leather-look trims on its handles, corners and front pockets, elegantly finished with gold stud detailing. Elegant embroidered turquoise and pink curls add a vintage-style finish.
River Island – Purple Contrast Handle Tote – £50
A simply yet gorgeous 100% leather purple tote bag with contrast handle. Measurements are: width 30cm, height 38cm. Ideal for carrying laptops etc and great colour for spring and summer.
Happy Jack – Shopper Bag – £15
A colourful and fun version of the iconic flag – it’s cool Britannia on a bag! Printed in some of our brightest colours – perfect for toting on shopping errands, day trips or for carrying books and newspapers. Shoulder length straps. Printed on sturdy white cotton canvas for a long life. 100% cotton. Made in England. Dimensions: 38x42cm.
New Look – Pink Jelly Shopper – £14.99
In this season’s colours of candy pink and pastel orange, make your outfits go ‘pop!’ with this sugary sweet pink jelly shopper, styled with a contrast shade base and handles. Man made. Visit Newlook.com for this bag.
Raffia Shopper Bag – £20
Beautiful raffia baskets finished with colourful co-ordinating inserts. Handmade in Madagascar. Add a touch of style to shopping and beach trips with these striking chic baskets with leather handles. All baskets have co-ordinated privacy lining with toggle. Available in three colours:Blue, Black (please note we are out of stock of the small black basket), Green (please note we are out of stock of the small green basket). Available in three sizes: Small 25cms wide x 22cms high (small green out of stock). Medium 29cms wide x 25cms high. Large 36cms wide x 29cms high.
Jonathan Kelsey Edition – Shopper Tote – £35
Dark grey transparent shopper bag. This dark grey shopper bag from the exclusive Edition range of designer handbags by Jonathan Kelsey is styled in grey clear material with pewter faux snakeskin trims, bronze grab handles and a debossed pewter logo tab at the front.
New Look – Est 1969 Tote bag – £39.99
Est 1969. A brand new range of handbags and purses Est. 1969 is bang on trend and vintage inspired. Large tote bag big enough to carry larger items like books or laptops, with smaller compartments inside for precious items you want to keep safe. Choice of two straps which you can choose depending on your mood and outfit. In a leatherette fabric this bag has an expensive look and stands out with its block colouring. H:38cm L:33cm Strap: 65cm or 28cm. Visit Newlook.com for this bag.
River Island – Cream Studded Tote Bag – £120
Have you ever seen anything like this? If not, why not try this, the cream leather tote bag with gold studded bottom to add a unique finishing touch to your look. Measurements are: width 45cm, height 40cm. Absolutely gorgeous and if I had £120 spare I’d get one!