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Lifestyle - Tote handbags and their benefits
Published on April 19, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Part of an occasional series focusing on fashion, lifestyle and saving money. Consumers and retailers in the Turks and Caicos Islands and elsewhere will be interested in the wide selection and inexpensive worldwide shipping showcased here.

Did you know that even though tote bags have been used for centuries, the term ‘tote’ wasn’t used for them until 1900? The term tote means to carry. Tote handbags are large and open bags with a handle placed on the center top of each side. These bags are sturdy and large enough to carry a large number of items and thus ideal for women who need to carry multiple things while going out. Initially tote bags used to come with arched straps and did not have any kind of buttons or zippers. But, over the years several new variants have been developed.

The Journey of Tote Handbags

From being big and sturdy bags made of canvas, tote handbags have emerged as stylish accessories for women. In early days, these bags were made of canvas, jute or nylon and came with a wide center opening which made it easier for the holder to put in or take out things. Over the years, zippers and buttons for added to protect the belongings. Some manufacturers even started using leather to make these bags sturdier and add a touch of style and elegance. Tote handbags have adequate space to slip in a smaller purse or clutch to carry some essential items.

The first tote bag was a simple canvas bag from LL Bean. This boat bag was received well and considered to be an ideal piece of luggage. Over the years, the tote bags became highly popular amongst women. This was the time when designers converted this age old practical carry bag into shoulder strap handbags that were stylish and beautiful to look at. Bonnie Cashin, a popular Coach designer, was the first one to bring a stylish look to the traditional canvas carry bags. Kate Spade introduced further changes in the 1990s to convert the simple tote bags into stylish handbags.

Tote handbags are now being manufactured by using a variety of materials including fabric, canvas, denim and leather. Ideal for carrying heavy items, these shoulder strap bags are widely used by students, office goers and women. Since large bags are in vogue, many women are using these tote bags as fashion accessories to enhance their looks while on an outing. One can also use these bags for carrying books, items for picnics or any other purpose.

Tips on Buying Tote Bags

If you are looking to buy tote bags, you need to first decide the purpose for which you intend to use it. Bags made of canvas or other thick material like leather should be chosen if you intend to carry heavy material or use it for luggage purposes.

The next step is to decide about the size of the tote bag. While small bags are ideal for an evening outing, medium sized bags should be preferred for carrying to work or college. Again large sized tote bags should be preferred for travelling purposes. Another thing to consider while buying tote bags is their straps. Some bags come with adjustable straps while others come with short strings or handles. You can choose the one according to your convenience.

Looking to buy Tote bags? A leading supplier of trendy purses, clutches and shoulder strap handbags at the most reasonable prices. This article is written by Dharmendra Kumhar.
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