Why? Because they sell. Especially designer ones. Here, Female writer Noelle Loh singles out 18 of the latest, coolest and wackiest (looking at you, MBMJ!).
Two discs of croco held together by a hidden base = Phoebe Philo's clever take on the tote ($45,900). Also in calfskin, and clutch and wristlet styles.
Made up of geometric panels of leather, this abstractshaped messenger (from $3,390) looks structured but is so soft, it folds completely flat.
MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS' GREENWICH
The designer marries a slightly relaxed shape, minimal hardware and Americana hues (red, blue, white, brown) to create a casual, cool tote (from $579, Michael Kors) that's also one of his most modern.
MAX MARA'S VENEZIA
Its shape is all feminine and '40s-inspired. And its look is all retro-futuristic elegance, thanks to cool colours like grey and blush, and a metal accent across the curved handle (from $1,789).
Creative director Jason Wu captures everything the brand stands for in this calf leather tote (from $1,999) that's back for a second season: sophisticated, timeless design for the modern working woman.
The American label's latest tote ($800-$2,000) is a work-friendly number given a street tinge with double turnlock clasps, metal hang tag, and finishes like graphic patchwork and pebbled leather.