5 Best Designer Tote Bags worth investing in 2021

best designer tote bags worth investing in
Diane is wearing a Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag

I’m a firm believer in investing in high quality pieces that will last for years to come. Today, I wanted to write an article about the 5 Best designer tote bags worth investing in in 2021. In fact, the first designer piece I ever added to my handbag collection was a designer tote bag. Hello Louis Vuitton Neverfull from 2010. Before we jump right into the topic at hand, let’s take a step back and quickly discuss the history of the tote bag.

History of the Tote Bag

First ever Tote Bag created by LL Bean
Iconic Photo of the First Modern Tote Bag created by LL Bean

The tote bag has been around for years, and dates back all the way to the 17th century. We can thank LL Bean for the first tote bag style we see today. Back in 1940, LL Bean created their first bag to carry both Ice and Wood. However, it wasn’t until Jane Birkin was riding a plane in 1983 sitting next to the CEO of Hermes that she discussed her needs for an all in one tote bag, thus the launch of the first luxury tote bag: The Hermes Birkin Bag.

Today, there are hundreds of different tote bags out there ranging in price from affordable to luxurious. Drum roll please!! It is time to count down the 5 Best Designer tote bags worth investing in. 

Dior Book Tote Bag

Pink Dior Book Tote Bag
Pink Dior Tote Bag · Designer Tote Bag © Instagram

Number 1 on the list should come to no surprise as it is the one of the most coveted designer tote bags today, the Dior Book tote bag. Ever since the release of the Dior Book Tote bag back in the Spring/Summer 2018 collection it has been a Dior top seller ever since. This Book Tote bag comes in a variety of colors and sizes. This is the perfect street style bag, travel bag, and overall tote bag.

The Dior Book Tote Bag is both functional and stylish. Without a doubt the Dior Tote bag has earned its spot as one of the best designer tote bags worth investing in. 

Dior Tote bag and Dior Shoes Styled
Dior Pink Book Tote Bag Styled
Pink Dior Tote Bag outfit
Pink Dior Book Tote Bag on the beach
Can you bring the Pink Dior Tote Bag to the beach?
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Styled with Beige Sweater
White Louis Vuitton Tote Bag
White Louis Vuitton Tote Bag

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote Bag

Louis Vuitton Neverfull designer tote bag
Louis Vuitton Neverfull, Designer Tote Bag © lauraloveslv

Another classic designer tote bag that is worth investing in is the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote Bag. The Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote Bag was first introduced as a beach only bag, but quickly gained popularity as a versatile bag that can be worn year around. Did you know that you can carry up to 90 KG (198 LBS) in the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote without breaking the handles? 

As someone who has owned this bag for more than 10 years now I can attest to the high quality. My 10 year old Louis Vuitton Neverfull Designer Tote Bag is still in great condition and in my opinion will easily last for years to come. I highly recommend the Louis Vuitton Neverfull!

Goyard Tote Bag

Goyard Tote Bag Styled
Goyard Tote Bag Styled © kimberlylynn.w

Another designer tote bag that has earned it’s spot at being on the list is the Goyard Tote Bag. The Goyard Tote bag is known for being well sewn, having high quality material, and is lightweight. This tote is extremely well made and is definitely a piece worth investing in. The Goyard tote is often compared to the Louis Vuitton Neverfull because of the similar shape and size.

Unlike other big designer names, Goyard is more similar to Hermes where there is much mystery surrounding the brand. With only a handful locations in the US and worldwide, Goyard has maintained its allure and continues to focus on craftsmanship and their high quality products. Goyard products continue to maintain their value over the years.

Birkin 35 or Birkin 40

Brown Birkin 35 in Togo leather and silver hardware
Brown Birkin Bag 35 in Togo Leather © hermesofficial

If you are looking to splurge and price is not an issue then I definitely recommend the Birkin 35 or Birkin 40. This is the ultimate tote bag. I have a friend who swears by the Birkin 35 as a tote bag, and carries her computer in her bag. I have a Birkin 30 bag and cannot carry my computer in the bag so if you are looking to use this bag as a tote to carry many items then definitely size up to the Birkin 35 or Birkin 40.

Normally, when I recommend a designer tote bag that’s worth investing in, I would like it to have a shoulder strap because you are typically carrying many items in your tote. However, the Birkin bag is the ultimate tote and deserves a place on our list today! If you are traveling to Paris, I wrote an entire article about how to purchase a Birkin Bag in Paris.

Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Brown Designer Tote Bag
Rebecca Minkoff Brown Designer Tote Bag Styled

One of the more affordable designer tote bags that is worth investing in is the Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag. I purchased this bag about 5 years ago and still love it today! The Rebecca Minkoff tote has high quality leather that has ample amount of space. The style I am carrying is no longer available. However, there are several other models that are all priced under $250. 

Over the years Rebecca Minkoff has gained popularity through her timeless contemporary designs. Today, Rebecca Minkoff is carried worldwide and is sold at several big department stores. I highly recommend adding a Rebecca Minkoff purse to your collection. In fact, I have 2 bags from the brand.

Recap on the 5 Best Designer Tote Bags worth investing in

The 2 most talked about bags on the market today are tote bags and small / Micro bags. (Stay tuned because a new article about small bags is coming soon!) Personally, I think it’s hilarious because they are on opposite sides of the spectrum and offer a completely different look. With that being said I adore designer tote bags!

In short, the 5 best designer tote bags worth investing in are: Dior Tote Book Bag, Louis Vuitton Neverfull, Goyard Tote Bag, The Birkin 35 / Birkin 40, and the Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag

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I love hearing from you, is there a designer tote bag that you absolutely adore that didn’t make the list? I’m always looking to add new bags to my collection!

Sincerely Petite in Paris,


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