Friday, June 22, 2007

TOTE-ally Great Alternatives

As promised, cuter, less played, and readily available totes, perfect for the beach, brunch and weekend everything:

Lauren Bush, honorary spokeswoman for the UN World Hunger Programme, created the FEED bag, a reversible tote that's more than just 'eco-friendly.' The proceeds from each bag sold, will feed a hungry child for an entire year (hence the 1!). "The FEED bag is a sturdy, reversible bag made out of natural burlap and cotton materials. The design of the bag was inspired by the big bags of food that I have seen being distributed to schools around the world. Besides being a cool bag, it is a tangible way to make a difference in the fight against child hunger. Every FEED bag sold will feed a child for a whole year in school," said Bush. The bag is sold exclusively at Amazon for $59.99 (with free shipping!).

Sometimes we don't love our city. Sometimes we barely tolerate it. Or as the folks over at Twee Shirts so perfectly put it, "What's that? You don’t “heart” hanging out in your car for hours on the 10 and/or 405 and/or 101? Or you don’t “heart” paying $1500 for your crappy studio in Murray Hill? Or maybe you’re not “hearting” that one homeless guy who yells horrible things at you when you walk by in the morning? Stand up to the I heart-ers with Twee's I STOMACH LA & I STOMACH NY totes - a must for the slightly less chipper. Twee Shirts, $15.

We're suckers for seersucker to begin with but coupled with a giant red sailboat appliqué...just try and resist it! The bag packs flat but can fit everything making it a long weekend must. J.Crew, $60

Obnoxious? A little. A must-have? For sure. These $12 MJ totes are priced just right for a chic guilt-free "use 'em then toss 'em" summer bag. Available at Marc Jacobs stores only.

A flare for design is a badge of honor with Fred Flare's cheeky Crafternoon tote. Fred Flare, $24