1. michael

    While I agree that something that is utilitarian may or may not be particularly stylish, I would like to point out that something utilitarian is for the most part already designed for general use and doesn't have to be repurposed for anything really, given the nature of utility and all.
    That being said, really a big fan of the bean tote and of course the preppy handbook is spot on as usual.

  2. Anonymous

    Yet another great post. Please indulge me in regards to the nature of a question of rather small importance. An
    acquaintance claims that he would not be comfortable in carrying a Bean tote as it is too metrosexual or feminine! How do you feel that I should respond to this?

    Thanks again,

  3. andrea.at.the.blue.door

    I don't think I could function without my totes. I've been using mine for groceries *long* before it was um, fashionable. I throw them in the washer once a year or so, and they're good to go. I have two that are at least 15 years old.

    And then there are the joys of monograming. My two newest ones are monogramed "STUFF" and "NONSENSE." This makes me unexplainably happy.

  4. DAM

    I'm a fan of both the open top (groceries, general sundries, easy access) and zip top (overnights, travel, to hide laptops/ipads) and for less than $45 for both it's the way to go.

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