The tote is not only one of the most recognizable handbag shapes, but also one of the most usable, and it can be found in every well-rounded handbag collection. Totes are a silent-but-permanent fixture in the handbag realm, a bag you absolutely must have but that often feels overlooked because of its practicality. Totes carry our work items, our kids’ items, our gym items, our personal items, and everything in between. And though they don’t get as much love as they should, almost every one of us has at least one tote, and many of us use our totes as our trusty, go-to bags.
Though totes are practical, you should never neglect style, and that’s precisely what this new Gucci bag delivers. Introducing the Gucci Rajah Tote, a bag that not only fits plenty of daily must-haves, but also provides the right amount of fashion-forward appeal we’ve come to expect and seek from the brand. The Rajah line is synonymous with the tiger-head detail, which sits front and center on this tote, along with Gucci’s signature green and red web down the front of the bag.
Many people assume a tote needs to be large in all ways, including length, width, height and depth, but that isn’t the case. The Rajah Tote features a slim body, and this design transforms the bag into a far more interesting piece. It’s a bag that will sit comfortably over your shoulder with the double chain straps (they have a 10″ drop), and because the body of the bag isn’t wide, it will sit snugly against your side.
Don’t fret if you’re looking to carry your work items: this bag fits them. A laptop, wallet, magazines and notebooks, and a couple of small pouches all fit with no problem. The interior offers a detachable pouch with a zipper closure, which is a major plus. The top of the bag offers a magnet closure, which easily snaps together. You can always choose to carry this bag as a top handle as well.
Sometimes, a simple design stands out plenty, and this is the case with the Gucci Rajah Tote. This bag has a retro-inspired look, and the tiger head is finished with colored enamel and sparkling crystals to stand out. Inspired by a vintage piece from fashion and jewelry designer Hattie Carnegie’s archives from the 1940s, the tiger head features colored enamel and sparkling crystals, which provide a really nice touch.
One of the perfect pairings with this tote is a pair of sneakers (you know I’m a bag and sneaker girl), and I fell for the Gucci Ace Sneaker with Strawberry Print. A mix of a throwback 70s vibe and reminiscent of my childhood, these shoes offer the right amount of fun with function. If you want a shoe that is influenced by vintage sportswear with a modern twist, the Gucci Women’s Screener Sneaker with Crystals may be for you. Both fit the current embellished sneaker trend and both work with these totes.
Gucci created a few size options of the Rajah Tote: there is a Maxi size (22.5″W x 17″L x 3″H), but the large size proved large enough for me, with dimensions of 17″W x 14″L x 2.5″H. In fact, I really like the idea of a tote like this, one that obviously is a tote and is plenty tall, but provides a slimness in the body you wouldn’t expect. I want to be the girl that doesn’t have to carry the biggest bag you’ve ever seen, but I also know I still need to take quite a bit with me at this stage in my life, and this bag fits my style needs and practicality. Purchase via Gucci for $2,500.