Some bags quickly rise to cult status, and that’s certainly been the case for the Dior Book Tote. Quickly after the bag’s introduction, it became the fashionable jet-setter’s must-have travel bag. Curious what your favorite bag lover is carrying atop her carry-on suitcase? It’s probably a Dior Book Tote. The perfect holdall bag for daily use? It’s a Dior Book Tote. The logo bag of the moment? Again, it’s the Dior Book Tote. The brand has kept things fresh by releasing numerous riffs on the style, and now a seasonal US exclusive has been released, just in time for summer.

When I think of the quintessential American summer, I immediately think of New York. Nothing feels more like summer to me than warm nights in the city, enjoying food with friends, heading to the beach in the Hamptons, or watching the 4th of July fireworks from a rooftop overlooking the skyline. To kick off the season, we’re here to introduce the newest version of Dior’s coveted Book Tote: the Dior American Flag Book Tote. Embroidered with the iconic colors of the US flag, this tote is exclusively available in the US.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri reinterpreted the house’s iconic Book Tote in red, white, and blue as an ode to Christian Dior’s first journey to the United States in 1947. Dior made the trip to accept the Neiman Marcus Award in Dallas, only a few months after launching his first collection in Paris. This iteration features over a million red, white, and blue embroidery stitches, alongside Christian Dior’s lucky stars.

Any version of the Book Tote will immediately become your go-to tote—the bag you don’t leave home without when you have a bit more to carry, or a place to go, or a trip to take. We spent some time with the Dior American Flag Book Tote, living my ideal summer day.

Day Trip: Coney Island

Don’t pass up this summer hot spot if you’re in NYC—it’s worth the trip. Just a short subway or car ride from Manhattan, Coney Island offers food, rides, and the beach all in an iconic location. Right next to the boardwalk is the amusement park with rides and games. Pack a towel in your tote and hit the beach while you’re there.

Eat: Nickel & Diner

Nickel & Diner is one of my favorite spots in NYC because it serves upgraded diner classics and contemporary plates in a cool retro setting. Counter seating and booths are offered, and you can order a killer burger, fries and a shake… then stroll around the neighborhood afterward.

Shop: Soho

Everyone knows Soho, but that doesn’t change that it’s still one of the best and most iconic areas to shop in NYC. The cobblestone streets and elegant cast-iron facades house some of the most sought-after shopping destinations in the world. Stroll up and down the streets popping in and out of shops, and later meet your friends for a drink at one of the countless bars.

See: NYC Skyline

If you go to NYC, you need to take in the skyline—all of it. To get the best view of the city, travel to Rockefeller Center and buy tickets for Top of the Rock. Regular tickets are $32 to $38, but you can purchase a VIP ticket for $85, which lets you skip the lines and head straight up (it’s worth the splurge). With unparalleled views of both downtown and uptown, this is the best way to take in the city.

Shop the Dior American Flag Book Tote on Dior.com

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