Scene: A perpetually stressed, over-caffeinated twenty-something is struggling to look for a chic-yet-functional daily tote bag to carry her entire life (and then some) for under $200.
Enter: The Everlane Day Market Tote.
Loved by Royals and commoners alike, Everlane has found itself as a mainstay in fashion pop culture. I purchased the bag about a year ago and have finally gotten around to presenting my opinions on the piece in one neat and tidy package.
The bag was created with minimalists in mind - sleek lines, scarce branding, and no additional frills. It’s also unlined, but despite this the interior of my bag shows no sign of serious aging (granted I’ve never spilled anything inside of it). Featuring one primary compartment, and a single inner wall pocket, if you’re someone who enjoys some in-bag organization features, this tote is definitely not for you. Pouch junkies like myself won’t mind, though.
The Day Market Tote is huge, and I mean huge. At a whopping 19 inches across (that’s 48.26 centimeters for everyone else), it’s wide enough to comfortably fit your 15 inch laptop, current read, bullet journal, reusable coffee cup, and still have room for more.
It’ll definitely stand up on it’s own, even as time wears the stiffness of the leather (it comes incredibly structured and stiff). Offered in seven neutral colors (black, navy, blush, cognac, light taupe, rose, and saddle), this was designed to be an unassuming, understated daily bag that’ll go with everything you wear. I personally the bag in black and cognac, and find that the two shades are perfect for all year around.
While it’s no Yves Saint Laurent, the leather on this bag is high quality. It’s a smooth, vegetable tanned leather that’s sourced from the meat industry (points for conscious sourcing) that develops a few creases with wear. There aren’t any feet on the bottom of the bag either, much to my chagrin, which makes me feel a little bit weary about placing the bag down on the ground. Although it’s priced at $175, it’s “traditional retail” would be around $370, putting it in the same category Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and Rebecca Minkoff. The quality is actually quite comparable. However, I prefer my Everlane purse compared to its traditional retail complements because of its understated design.
I’ve stuffed this bag enough to burst its seams, taken it all around San Fransisco, and across the world to Seoul. It’s still going strong, although it could probably benefit from a little leather conditioner, without any fraying stitches or compromise on durability.
The Final Verdict.
So would I repurchase this? Hell yeah - and I have repurchased the bag in light taupe. I wouldn’t purchase another shade, simply because I want to try out other shapes, like The Soft Day Tote ($175) and The Square Day Tote ($165). Also, Everlane if you’re reading this, I’d really appreciate it if you brought The Magazine Day Tote ($165) back in more colors.
If you’re looking for a perfect every day tote for school, work, or want to give someone you love a great gift, I would highly recommend The Everlane Day Market Tote.