While small bags still have their purpose and hold a coveted space under our arms, the return of the highly functional and necessary tote bag is back. When it comes to an overall sleek and timeless bag that fits this need, Maria Grazia Chiuri has you covered with the introduction of the new Dior Essential Tote, which she designed for the Fall-Winter 2022-23 collection.
Of course, Dior is the right brand to modernize the tote. Dior already made the tote an enviable and covetable must-have with its Dior Book Tote which made everyone decide the tote was due for a much-needed comeback. But the new Dior Essential Tote brings a refined and polished touch that we expect from a storied fashion House.
The Elegant Tote
The Dior Essential Tote harnesses House elements that quickly define this bag as inherently Dior while keeping with the usability of an everyday tote. The Cannage motif is revisited in a brand-new Archicannage version. The leather is lightly textured, which offers a subtle yet eye-catching shine and soft touch. The chain and leather handle further add an elevated finish, and both allow the bag to be carried by hand or slid over the shoulder for hands-free wear.
No Name to Be Found
The other standout aspect of this bag is the lack of the Christian Dior name. You will find the CD initials included atop the metal hardware that comes together at the bottom of the shoulder straps, but that is it (and it is small). Dior relies on every aspect of the creation of this bag to speak for itself and the brand name, including how the topstitching from the Archicannage motif is recognizable as Dior. While the Book Tote is beloved, some do not want the brand name featured so prominently, and this bag is an answer.
There are two sizes, and both are intended to be multi-use for your daily needs. The large tote easily fits over your shoulder or can be carried by hand. The interior features five patch pockets and one zip pocket, along with a snap button closure for a bit more security. The medium version has four patch pockets and one zipped pocket with the same snap-button closure.
The two sizes are both quite spacious, so when it comes to selecting the size, it is dependent on how much you’d like to carry. The large is 41.5 x 35 x 18 cm while the medium is 36.5 x 28 x 17.5 cm. I love how you can make this bag look super dressy for a workday but just as easily dress it down as well. The simplicity and beauty in this bag are refreshing to see, and like with all Dior bags, every attention to detail is taken. One of my favorite aspects of learning about a bag is seeing the Savoir-Faire and Dior shared images of the steps this new Essential Tote goes through in its journey to come to life.