10 Easy Pieces: Springlike Canvas Totes by

Issue 71 · Kitchen Gardens · May 7, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: Springlike Canvas Totes

Issue 71 · Kitchen Gardens · May 7, 2013

Farmers' market? Check. Baguette pickup? Check. On-the-go diaper bag? Check. This season it's easy to find stylish canvas tote bags fully capable of doing double (or triple) duty. Here is a roundup of ten of our favorites:


tembea japanese linen large delivery tote


Above: Made in Japan, a Large Delivery Tote in Black Linen by Tembea is £165 from OEN.

field tote bag waxed canvas leather  

Above: Handmade by a husband and wife team in the Saitama region of Japan, a Southern Field Tote Bag is made of waved canvas with a leather base and leather straps;  $250 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

  linen cotto tote with leather handles by christoph hack

Above: Available in two sizes and three colors, a Hack Lederware Tote is made from a heavy duty cotton-linen blend. Cologne-based designer Christoph Hack makes them in a small workshop, where he finishes the bags with leather adjustable handles and deerskin. Prices range from $145 to $155 at Canoe.


Above: Made from natural golden jute fiber harvested in Bangladesh, a Jute Garden Tote has plenty of side pockets to hold tools (or your iPhone); it is $78 from Terrain.

  reverse tote high grade canvas bag

Above: Above: The Reverse tote is available in two sizes from Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction ($170 for the smaller, $265 for the larger). The design was conceived so that not an inch of its high-grade canvas went to waste.

For more, see High/Low Tote.

  ll bean custom boat and tote bag in natural linen

 Above: L.L. Bean, the venerable Maine-based purveyor of practicality, lets you build your own custom boat and tote bag. The above medium Custom Boat and Tote Bag in natural is $43.95.

  west elm blue striped canvas tote bag

Above: A Striped Tote Bag, made in India and available in natural with either blue or red stripes,  is $34 from West Elm.

  canvas tote bag from manufactum

Above: With a zipped inner pocket and adjustable straps, a Canvas Market Bag is 94 from Manufactum.

a canvas bag by monserat de lucca  

Above: A Monserat de Lucca Instructional Tote Bag with two pockets and a magnetic snap closure is $178 from Anthropologie.

  steele canvas tote bag


Above: The white canvas "Steele" Tote Bag is available in five sizes, at prices ranging from $34.75 to  $45.60 from Steele Canvas.

For garden tool storage ideas, see DIY: A Tool Box for City Gardeners.

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