Virginia Johnson Giant Construction ToteThis is another one of those bags that I looked at and immediately loved, perhaps against my better judgment. It’s just silly, which is probably why I like it; we all need some silliness occasionally, even in a bag. Normally, if a bag looks like it was sponge-painted in a preschool classroom, that’s probably a negative thing. But with the Virginia Johnson Giant Construction Tote, I actually kind of adore it.

For some purposes, you just don’t need a bag that’s serious and dour, but that doesn’t mean you want something that’s poorly constructed. It’s pretty rare to see a fun canvas tote that someone actually took the time to line, but the folks at Virginia Johnson did just that with this one. As a result, it’s got more structure and bulk to it than other, similar totes and will probably stand up better to being used at school or at the beach. And we all loved sponge-painting as kids, right? I know I did. Buy through Shop Bop for $165.

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