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When it comes to bags, there are two styles I think you should spend time and money investing in: a purse and an everyday bag.
The purse you’ll use for coffee runs, dinner dates and quick life admin. It only has to be big enough to carry your keys, wallet and phone. The everyday bag, or the ‘second bag’, on the other hand, you’ll use for commutes, supermarket shops or flight carry-ons. It should be roomy enough to fit a laptop, your lunch, a water bottle and anything else you might want to have on hand wherever you’re going.
For a lasting, yet affordable option for that everyday bag, look no further than one I discovered earlier this year and love: July’s Everyday Tote. It’s made from cotton canvas and has an in-built laptop sleeve, external front pocket and a detachable drink bottle holder. It also has a top zip so you can keep your valuables safe, and is machine washable, so you can easily clean after any accidental spills.
The bag comes in two sizes: Small Every Tote, $135, and Large Everyday Tote, $175, and, as of mid-May, is available in two new colours: Lilac and Copper. Other new updates: the Small Everyday Tote now comes with a detachable strap, while the Large Everyday Tote had that top zip I mentioned added, as well as enough room to fit a 16” laptop.
Melbourne-based brand July is best known for its colourful, personalised luggage, but in January this year, it branched into bags. The bags were available in five colours, though now seven options. They can be personalised with embroidered initials or short names, and each come with a five-year quality guarantee.
July was founded in 2018 by Melburnians Richard Li and Athan Didaskalou who were after suitcases that looked sleek, but weren’t outrageously priced. Today, July has three stores in Melbourne and two in Sydney, as well as four across China and Hong Kong.