The etymology of the word tote is “to carry” – we all love a big, spacious tote bag to lug around our daily essentials. Here is a list of well-sized, functional yet aesthetically designed totes to do exactly that!

01. Grocer Bag By Char Studio

Designed and made in Melbourne out of 100% Organic Cotton Canvas: comfortable to carry and sophisticated for shopping. 

Shop: https://char.studio/Grocer-Bag-Black-130

02. Pocket Grocer Tote Bag By Kiyo

Designed in Melbourne and ethically made in Indonesia. Kiyo’s Pocket Grocer Bag is made in collaboration with Liberty Society, an Indonesian social enterprise that empowers women affected by violence and extreme poverty (most of whom are refugees), through upskilling opportunities, a community of support, and access to the market.

“By purchasing this bag, your money will go into training for these women makers but also paying them a very decent wage, for a better living.” – For more info, https://www.liberty-society.com/blog

Shop: https://kiyo.com.au/products/pocket-grocer-bag

03. Waste Management Bag By Krystal Deans

One-of-a-kind and handmade on the South West Coast of Victoria, “Crafted from offcuts and upcycled jeans no longer fit for wear”.

Shop: https://krystaldeans.com/products/waste-management-tote-013

04. Leather Tote By Saint

A classic leather tote with the ultimate versatility of short or long straps, made right here in Australia from 100% kangaroo leather.

Shop: https://saint-thestore.com/collections/leather-goods/products/everyday-tote

05. Noble Tote By Noble

Made locally on Gadigal Land from 100% Yarn Dyed Linen, choice of dreamy choc gingham or classic black and white.

Shop: https://www.noble-label.com/collections/accessories/products/noble-tote

06. Market 01 Tote By Use Daily

“A limited edition market style bag made from a discarded tent and awning sourced within Melbourne.” Made in a super limited run – be quick!

Shop: https://usedaily.net/Market-01

07. APRÈS Tote Bag By APRÈS Studio

Designed in Melbourne. Beautifully oversized and made from premium black cotton canvas with an internal iPhone / accessories pocket.

Shop: https://apresstudio.com.au/collections/accessories/products/apres-tote-bag

08. Presence of Absence Tote By Madeline Jost

Linen tote bag featuring a lovely shirring technique which is 100% achieved by hand. Made in Melbourne.

Shop: https://www.madeleinejost.com/tote-bags/presence-of-absence-linen

09. Messenger Tote BY Güneş Swim

Founded by a mother and daughter duo who spend their time between Australia’s Byron Bay and Bondi Beach. The Messenger Tote is hand woven in India from recycled nylon – peek the range of vibrant colours!

Shop: https://www.gunesswim.com/collections/accessories/products/messenger-tote

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