I love this leather tote that I found on Club Monaco but the price point is too high. I do want something that is real leather and be something I will have for years. Would love if you could put a post together!
A leather tote is a great piece for the weekend, travel, or a relaxed work bag. Leather is the best option. Vegan leather (a fancier name for faux-leather) is a close second.
The important thing, after quality of materials, is to choose a color that you will use often. Grey, cognac, and black are the most versatile choices. I always prefer brown for casual wear, but grey is a close second. For something a bit different, try navy or red.
This white and black tote from Nordstrom is the closest thing to the photo you sent me. It has a heavy canvas liner for durability. The Mark & Graham tote is another good option in this price range. It comes in a myriad of colors and can be monogrammed. I also like this Neiman Marcus bag in a combination of black and chocolate brown. Forever21 also makes an affordable black and white bag in faux leather.
The cognac Kelsi Dagger tote is similar to the one that I own. I like the structure. This Romona leather tote has a different shape, but a similar steadiness. I also like this more affordable blush tote from Mango.
Many people speak lovingly about their Madewell totes. Their Transport Tote is a good basic. Their Zipper Transport Tote is a remake of Cuyana’s popular tote, in case you don’t want something with an open top.