Anya Hindmarch Printed Totes, $295 via Net-a-Porter in Beach or Homework Print

We all know that I can get a little bit feisty when I feel like companies are trying to cash in on their good name by shilling overpriced, under-designed canvas tote bags to their hungry fans, but Anya Hindmarch is always a notable exception to my personal canvas rule. Instead of merely slapping some leather handles and her logo on a canvas tote that you could get anywhere, Hindmarch’s design team actually take the time to, you know, design something.

With something like the Anya Hindmarch Printed Canvas Totes, you still get all the simple usability that you need out of a big, simple, lightweight bag. You also get a healthy dose of British humor, which I think makes the price tag a little bit more palatable.

As you can see, there are two versions of this bag – one beach-themed and on school-themed. Both of them have little details inside the trompe l’oeil graphics that make it worth your time to take a closer look. For example, the calculator on the homework bag has the digits to the old upside-down “boobless” gag typed in (I find it somehow comforting to know that sixth graders do that across the pond as well), and the beach-themed bag features a book called Bags and Bitches. Side note: I’d totally read a book called Bags and Bitches.

Still, $295 is more than I’d like to pay for canvas in a perfect world, but $1750 is also more than I’d like to pay for a Celine Luggage Tote and I still paid it, now didn’t I? In the pantheon of designer canvas totes, Anya Hindmarch has found a way to set herself apart, at the very least. Buy the beach or the homework version via Net-a-Porter for $295.

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