After kids enter toddlerhood and moms no longer carry diaper bags, the fact remains that still moms cart a lot of loot to take care of the kiddos. There’s small toys, puzzles, and games to occupy them in the car or dinner out; and for the older ones the must-have tablet and all-important earphones; and for mom there’s water bottle, smartphone, wallet, and other essentials for work, shopping and play. Here are some great bags that hold it all while looking good.
Bring it on
The courier-style backpack, AmeriBag Healthy Back Bag, lives up to its grand name, with padded compartments and interior and exterior pockets galore and expandability to fit so much stuff you could travel cross country with it, and a sling sling-style design that distributes the weight across the body to alleviate back strain. It comes in a huge variety of colors and fabrics and several sizes to accommodate whatever you can throw in it. $65 to $250.
Sea to Sea
Take along a bit of history and adventure with a tote by Sea Bags on your arm. The company makes a diverse range of stylish totes and bags from reclaimed sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine. Each bag features material from sails that were once actively used, bearing the signs of hard sailing that are unique to each piece. To add to authenticity, the bags feature rope handles and are lined with white sail cloth, and are available in wristlets, bucket totes and traditional tote styles. $30 to $150. Available at seabags.com or in retail stores in across the US Eastern seaboard.
For the spill-prone mom (or her kids), Crypton makes totes and bags that are as resilient as a super hero. The Crypton stain-resistant fabric, often used in home furnishings, easily wipes clean, so these bags will last, look good and hold up to anything kids or a mom’s busy day can throw at it. Totes, duffles and shopping bags feature designs from world-renowned designers, such as artist William Wegman and architect Michael Graves, so mom can be styling at the farmer’s market, work or wherever she goes. Sale priced $7.99 to $59.99. Available at crypton.com.
Tote your stuff, save the world
For the fashionista mom who loves a stylish tote but eschews leather for animal-welfare reasons, luxury handbag designer Angela Roi has created a line of totes and handbags made of fine synthetic leather that are fashionable without harming our four-legged friends. Their totes can accommodate a tablet or small laptop while still looking elegant, and their cross-body collection is versatile enough to go to a power meeting or be a weekend purse to carry flips flops, baby’s binky, or even a shopping Chihuahua. Each of their bags sports a colored ribbon tassel that represents a cause, to which they make a donation of $5 for each handbag they sell. $100 to $160. Available at angelaroi.com.