The Perfect Leather Carryall

The Leather Carryall: Madewell Transport Tote

It’s no wonder this classic carryall became so popular in 2013–a good leather tote bag that’s both practical and effortlessly cool in its simplicity is downright hard to find. Not to mention that goes-with-anything cognac color or very reasonable price. I purchased my tote back in the fall of 2012, and it’s been one of the best purchases I’ve made. It’s stylish in a very subtle, raw way, big enough to fit practically everything in, and has serious lasting power–everything you want in a timeless, everyday essential. It’s not overly structured but stiff enough to sit upright; it’s not so buttery soft that the leather will tear or discolor at the mere touch of dirt. In fact, as this leather starts to wear with time, it only gets better. I reach for it as my carryall most days for work and haven taken it pretty much everywhere–traveling near and far, shopping outdoor markets, running errands around town, beach bumming, and more. It’s just that perfectly versatile.

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  • I have been eyeing that madewell tote for a long while now. So helpful to hear that you have been happy with it!

  • The bag speaks for itself. So gorgeous!

  • spicedchristea

    You are SO RIGHT. I took mine as my personal item to the Bahamas this past November (and followed your packing guide 😉 ), and it was GREAT. This tote is absolutely money well spent.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    I promise you won’t regret it! You can even get it monogrammed now. Happy to help convince you 😉

  • PerpetuallyChic

    It sure does, doesn’t it? Such an understated classic!

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Sooo delighted to hear my packing guide came in handy for your trip!! Totally agree – money well spent. Versatile as can be.

  • I have been on a back and forth with the Madewell transport tote and the Cuyana tote for months now and I’m still unsure of which one to get : / Have you had a chance to see the Cuyana tote in person? If so, I would love to know what are your thoughts on the differences?

  • bre

    I looked at both as well. The Cuyana tote looks like it is much less structured (slightly thinner leather) and to me the color just feels off a bit. I ended up with the transporter tote and couldn’t be happier.

  • jen

    your heels are so chic. where did you find them?