Canvas Culture — The Everyday Bag
Slung nonchalantly off the most stylish New Yorkers’ shoulders, canvas bags are making a comeback — not that they ever went anywhere. Before, the idea of a canvas bag sprung to mind images of cheesy and cliché images painted across as merchandise — scorned upon and never purchased. However, in a city where wealth runs wild, many find themselves picking the versatile, boy-next-door of bags over designer names. Here’s a list coming in clutch with where to grab your choice of canvas:
For reading Patti Smith over your circle glasses at your local coffee shop:
Perhaps the most iconic of all canvas bags — the New Yorker tote bag. Stepping out for the day with an iced coffee in hand and this bag over your shoulder exudes city charm and sophistication. Because the purchase of this tote requires a monthly subscription, try actually reading the magazines to avoid looking like a phony fraud. Honorable mentions include the Strand bag and the N+1 tote.
For grabbing a juice on your way to your SoulCycle/Equinox/Rumble workout sesh:
Looking for something easy to toss all your valuables into on the way to the gym? Hoping to get swole while remaining stylish? Sport an Outdoor Voices bag to complete your head-to-toe ath-leisure get-up. Move over Lululemon — those flimsy plastic sacks got nothing on this.
For a day in Central Park complete with (window) shopping on the Upper East Side:
For an artsy air, look no further than the staple Met tote. Those two simple words make the statement of your expertise in the coolest culture of the city. Other options for arm candy include the MoMA tote and the Whitney bag. Any of these in hand will provide both function and fashion for your day out on the town.
For acting like a Parisian princess, complete with ballet flats and Laduree macaroons:
Nothing screams fashion fantasy better than the APC canvas bag. Another reasonably priced option includes this tote from Madewell. Skip around with a croissant in hand along with one of these bags, and go ahead — bag that baguette inside your tote like a typical Parisian (we won’t judge).
In a world where trends constantly fade in and out, classics like the LBD (little black dress) and the canvas tote will never go out of style. Like the boy you friendzoned — dependable, reliable, always there for you — the canvas bag will always be there for you to fall back on when you’re in a fashion rut.