Why you need… A kitchen-sink tote

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - OFFICE POLITICS - By Emily Cronin

Pause for a mo­ment and run through the in­ven­tory of your schlep to work. If we’re alike, then on a semi-reg­u­lar ba­sis you’ll pack a mix of mo­bile phone, keys, lap­top, charger(s), di­ary, note­book, sun­glasses, mag­a­zine, in­door shoes, lunch, wa­ter bot­tle, lip­stick, gym kit… OK, that last one may be rare, but doesn’t your shoul­der ache just vi­su­al­is­ing it? With cargo like this, it’s a won­der we don’t walk into our of­fices with wheeled carry-on cases glid­ing by our sides.

Rare is the hand­bag that can (or should) be ex­pected to cope with a haul of this mag­ni­tude. But rather than ac­knowl­edge that we’re car­ry­ing too much and up­scal­ing our bags, most of us still in­sist on throw­ing over­flow gear into ran­dom can­vas totes (some­times still with kids’ toys or crushed bread­sticks at the bot­tom, for ex­tra ick fac­tor).

It’s time for an up­grade. Say hello to the kitchen-sink tote, so called be­cause it’s large enough for any­thing you might need to sling into it. Built to ac­com­mo­date A4 files and lap­tops, but with far more struc­ture and verve than your av­er­age cot­ton car­ryall, it’s a smart way to style out your com­mute.

Keep the reg­u­lar small es­sen­tials in a cross-body hand­bag and save the bulkier items for this work­horse. It’s got top han­dles and a shoul­der strap for ver­sa­til­ity, and just look at that snappy colour combo ( good morn­ing, sunny yel­low! Hello, day­time mer­lot!). It might be just what you need to make the com­mute more en­joy­able. Maple tote bag, £975, Mul­berry (mul­berry.com)

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