Ever since the Plastic Bag Ban Law here in Seattle passed I have been stocking up on shopper totes. I remember a few years ago when Anya Hindmarch kicked off the anti-plastic bag trend with her stylish “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” and ever since then designers and even departments stores (love the Norstrom’s Tote!) jumped on trend creating their own reusable totes. I probably have over 50 basic ones that I use when I go to the grocery store, that I don’t really care too much about and toss in the washer every so often. They do need to be washed occasionally!! However when I walk down to Pike Place Market here in Seattle I usually opt for something more fashionable, like my Burberry Check Market Tote or my Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs floral tote (yea, it’s a mouthful).
Here are a few of my favorite picks for reusable designer shopper totes. Featuring Foley + Corinna, KARL, Malene Birger and Marni.
Foley + Corinna Bon Voyage Additional Shopper. $82 (orig $165)
Oh my gersh you guys this one is on sale too. What I love about this Foley + Corinna reusable bag is that it folds up into a wristlet! Convenient.
Even after all this time, Foley + Corinna is still one of my favorite designers. Foley + Corinna has been experiencing some changes though lately. Has anyone else noticed? When I normally think of this designer, I think of unusual shapes and simple designs. But Foley + Corinna has been given a little make-over. The designs are different. Well, at least they are different enough for me to take notice. One style in particular really caught my eye. Meet the Foley + Corinna Exotic Cadeau Bag!
Floral motifs are everywhere this year. They are bright, muted, realistic, or abstract… there is a little bit of everything out there. You mostly see them on dresses, tops, and scarves. There are even floral print jeans! I have seen a few floral themed handbags too. The designs are usually printed, embroidered, or beaded. However, never before have I seen anything like Foley + Corinna’s take on the floral motif. Meet the Foley + Corinna Lotus Clutch!
The classic black work tote. Check out this Foley and Corinna Shopper tote, available in durable pebbled leather and snakeskin-embossed trim. The deal: $340 (reg $495)
Another favorite from Foley + Corinna can now be found on Last Call, the Mini Jet-Set in Chocolaty leather. The deal: $290 (reg $425)
Whether you’re a fan of summer white or winter white the classic hobo by Michael Kors is the best of both worlds. Available only in Vanilla. The deal: $255 (reg $348)
To be completely honest when I first saw the Pyramid Stud Tote pictured above I was thinking it was by Michael Kors, you know, the classic Uptown Astor Shoulder Tote. Despite the similarities I still love this bag, even though it’s by BCBG. The deal: $350 (reg $465)
I know this might sound a bit strange to some people, but Foley + Corinna is one of my favorite designers. I guess when it comes to everyday bags, I prefer the more affordable contemporary designers. I really like the Foley + Corinna bag that I currently have in my collection and I hope to add another one someday. I haven’t come across the perfect piece just yet, but I have had my eye on this one for a little while now. Meet the Foley + Corinna Starry Night Stingray Cache Bag!
StefaniBags.com is one of my favorite online boutiques! I’m always finding myself popping over there just to see the new arrivals. They always have a great selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories from my favorite mid-level designers. The styles they choose to stock their virtual shelves with are trendy and fashion forward. But the best part? I love the excellent customer service they provide! StefaniBags.com even has live chat with personal shoppers waiting to help you find just what you’re looking for. I don’t even get that when I shop in a department store!
If you love StefaniBags.com as much as I do, then you will be pleased to learn they have recently expanded their selection even more. They are now stocking their virtual shelves with items from Vanessa Mooney, House of Harlow, Will Leather Goods, Winter Kate, Soixante Neuf, Kollaburra, and more. Heck, they have even brought Foley + Corinna back! So if you haven’t checked it out already, then I highly recommend you do! But just to give you a little taste of what I’m talking about, here are a few recent additions that really caught my eye!
Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote – $395
I will always be a fan of Foley + Corinna! The Mid City Tote is such a classic style and it looks great in this vibrant shade of electric blue. Carry it in hand or over your shoulder.
To this day, Foley + Corinna is still a favorite designer of mine. I love the uniqueness of the designs. There is never a dull moment when Foley + Corinna is involved. Even their most classic style, the Jet Set, has an outside-the-box element to it. Wow, did I just say the words “classic” and “Foley + Corinna” in the same sentence? Indeed! Weird, isn’t it? Yet it is so very true! I believe the Jet Set became an icon the second it appeared on Lydia Hearst’s arm when she played Amelia (the interior decorator) in Gossip Girl’s season one finale episode. It definitely caught my attention! Now here we are ~4 years later and this piece is just as captivating as ever! My only regret with this bag is that it isn’t very practical for use as a shoulder bag. Foley + Corinna has made a habit of making their bags big. If you’re like me, then you’ll be pleased to see the Foley + Corinna Jet Set Mini!
I don’t think I could ever stop loving my Foley + Corinna Mini City Tote! Not only is it one of my favorite colors (fuchsia), it is a versatile style that is perfect for everyday. Its unusual design seems to grab some attention around here as well. As much as I love my Mini City Tote though, I haven’t been paying too close attention to Foley + Corinna lately. So what has this designer been up to? What I found was pretty darn impressive… although I may be a bit partial considering I love my own bag from this designer so much! Here’s what I found though. Meet the Foley + Corinna Parcel Clutch!
In the couple of years that I’ve kept an eye on American brand Foley + Corinna, it is evident that the house has transformed their leather goods and accessories from rebel chic to what we see here, clean and simple. Coming across the Small Letter Bag, it surprised me how this piece lacked the dangling tassels, bulky silhouette and the casual distressed leather that most Foley + Corinna accessories possess.