Finding a simple, yet functional tote bag for travel or daily use is easier said than done. Madewell's Medium Transport Tote, however, is the perfect combination of style and service. Plus, it's almost $30 off right now.
The bag is made from buttery soft vegetable-tanned leather, which holds up with wear and even looks better as it ages. You can carry the tote two ways — with the top handle or with the detachable shoulder strap — for maximum convenience.
To buy: madewell.com, $130
There's also a place for everything in this bag, thanks to minimal yet perfectly placed pockets. There's a large, flat external pocket to keep essentials within reach, as well as a zippered interior pocket for valuables.
Shoppers can't seem to get enough of this bag, as demonstrated by rave reviews on Madewell's site.
"This is a perfect in-between size — I can still carry my laptop, wallet, planner, a couple of books, and a snack," said one reviewer.
Another buyer commented on the bag's convenient features. "I love the big exterior pocket and the interior zipper pocket. The shoulder strap is the perfect length to allow the bag to hang not too low, not too high at your side."
One shopper even mentioned that the bag was the perfect accessory on her recent travels. "I just returned from a trip to Mexico City and the bag was easy to keep safe, carried a lot, and stood up to a harrowing full speed run through an airport without breaking or spilling my things all over the floor."
Whether you're looking for a commuter bag to hold your laptop and a few other essentials or one to carry throughout a day of travel, this tote is the perfect compact option. As an added bonus, you can personalize your tote with up to 10 characters in a variety of colors for $10 when you shop in-store or online.