From work to weekend: the best leather tote bags to invest in this year

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It’s hard to find a more versatile and timeless bag than a classic tote bag. They’re easy to style, can fit all of the essentials (and more) and work for any occasion  whether it be the office or errands. 

So investing in a quality leather option seems only sensible, not only do they add some elevation to the classic tote silhouette, they’re also more durable and will last you longer. 

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Just because you’re on the hunt for a leather tote doesn’t mean you have to break the bank in order to find your new go-to

There is a huge array of faux leather and leather alternatives that can get you the look for less. And regardless of what kind of leather you’re shopping for, caring for your bag will help increase its life span – so you can get the most bang for your buck in the long run. 

  • Keep it clean and dry as much as you can. Regardless of whether it is real or faux leather, moisture will cause damage and alter the appearance of your bag. 
  • Store it properly and avoid direct sunlight and heat, this will cause cracks in faux leather and fading in real leather. 
  • If you have a real leather bag, give it some TLC and condition it to maintain suppleness and strength. Do not condition faux leather! This will do more damage than good. 

The best leather tote bags to suit every occasion in 2023 

Below we are taking a look at some of our very favourite leather totes on the market to suit any style and budget, so if we have convinced you to add one of these to your accessories wardrobe – keep reading! 

Best everyday leather tote

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Spice sac, $195, Poppy Lissiman

For the everyday bag, you want the convenience of a tote without having to lug around excess weight, hurting your shoulder and feeling cumbersome. This smaller sized faux leather tote from Poppy Lissiman can fit more than your average tote yet still feels compact. 


Best leather tote for travel
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Torino tote bag, $109.95, Louenhide

Louenhide are kind of the experts in travel accessories and this handy tote is no exception. Not only can it work for your everyday carry-on but it’s great for shorter trips when you don’t want to take luggage. It has ample room for all of your essentials as well as easy access pockets for organisation. It’s actually made from an innovative faux leather that could absolutely fool us and is super durable, supple and stylish.


Best leather tote for work

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Evity Lees leather square shopper bag, $199, STRAND

For a good work bag, you’re after room for a laptop, lunch, everyday essentials and plenty of organisation. This bag fits the bill. 


Best slouchy leather tote

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Large leather tote, $169.98 (usually $339.95), Hardtofind

Made from high-quality genuine leather, this stunning slouchy leather tote is the perfect oversized bag for every occasion and setting. 


Best luxury leather tote bag

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Scarlett black leather hobo, $269, Vestirsi

If you’re after something a little more luxurious to invest in, we can’t get enough of this perfectly sized and styled hobo tote from Aussie brand Verstirsi. It’s made from pebbled Italian leather and will become a staple in your wardrobe thanks to its laidback yet elegant look. 


Best tan leather tote bag

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Belle & Bloom Long Way Home woven tote, $219.95, THE ICONIC

A tan bag is always a classic piece to add to your wardrobe, they’re effortlessly timeless and easy to style. This woven tote bag has chunky leather panels to create a bag that looks high end but doesn’t have a high-end price tag. 


Best black leather tote bag

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Leia tote bag, $126, Charles & Keith

Made from durable faux leather, this midnight blue tote bag from Charles & Keith is a must if you’re on the hunt for a daily carry-all. It also comes in a navy colourway if you like the style but want something a little off the cuff. 


Best affordable leather tote bag

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Faux leather shopper tote, $49.99, H&M

Unfortunately real leather can be on the more expensive side. However, this faux option from H&M is the perfect shopping style tote and is under $50. Sign us up immediately! 


Best designer leather tote bag 

best leather tote bags
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Dragon Diffusion Nantucket large leather woven tote, $578.76, Net-A-Porter

This eye-catching woven leather bag from Dragon Diffusion is one of those pieces that will have people stopping you in the street to find out more. If you’re wanting to treat yourself to something luxury this is the perfect tote just for that. 


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