With summer just around the corner, treadmills across the capital are spinning overtime with panicky gym goers. Are you one of them? We suspect so. Whether you’re on a fitness regime or not, your gym bag matters more than you might think – carrying an ugly old nylon thing is a rookie error – take our advice and opt for something that isn’t going to let your look down, particularly if you go from the gym to your office, or vice versa. These six totes are stylish, smart and sizeable enough to carry your gym kit and daily essentials. They’re an intelligent solution to summer gym mania.
Want Les Essentials Marti Tote
Stylish simplicity. For everyday use, it doesn’t get much better than this Marti tote bag from Want Les Essentiels. Created in durable ecru canvas with contrasting tan leather handles, the bag has a streamlined, modern feel emphasised by its clean palette and cleaner design, which is inspired by classic mid-century furniture. The spacious central compartment is ideal for stowing your gym kit, laptop and other paraphernalia, to boot.
Connolly Leather-Trimmed Tote
This Connolly tote bag screams riviera chic, and will stand out (in the best possible way) from the briefcase-toting crowd. Known for its impeccable craftsmanship and impeccable design credentials, Connolly has created a modern masterpiece here, that’ll look stylish long after the summer draws to a close. Crafted from hardy, but smooth cotton canvas with a practical rubberised backing (ideal if your regime involves a pre-work swim) the bag features contrasting navy leather trim and internal pockets for valuables and gadgets.
Herschel Duffle Bag
Practical, cool and thoroughly contemporary, Herschel’s latest duffle bag redux is ideal for adding some utilitarian style to your weekday suit and tie. In water-resistant tarpaulin that comes in a choice of four shades (we prefer this neutral hue) the bag features plentiful storage space and a clever roll-top design. Seat belt-style handles and clip fastenings add to its practical feel.
Ettinger Piccadilly Tote
Smart but resolutely unstuffy, this Piccadilly tote bag from Ettinger will make a stylish partner for your summer suits. Two spacious inside pockets are ideal for keeping your gym kit and other bits separate, while the twin top handles are complimented by a removable shoulder strap. You can even choose from five different colourways. Plus, as a thoroughbred British heritage brand, Ettinger has always crafted its leather goods in England, making this tote a smart-thinking investment that’ll last and last.
Troubadour Fabric and Leather Tote
Sleek and minimal, this sleek tote from Troubadour is an effortlessly stylish choice for the summer months ahead. Sizeable enough to stash all your kit, the thick nylon fabrication will hold its clean lines whatever you throw into it, and stay smart enough to pair with your suit. It also comes with a handy zipped internal pocket for valuables, and elasticated slip-pockets to keep everything organised on the inside.
Berluti Aire Tote
Fine Italian craftsmanship with timeless Parisian design? Tick. French designer Berluti is the epitome of modern elegance and refined luxury, making this Aire tote a supremely stylish choice of daily companion. Crafted from a combination of hard-wearing canvas and top-notch patinated Venetian leather, the bag features Berluti’s signature ‘Scritto’ calligraphy. It may be style-led, but it’s plenty big enough to take your trainers and everyday necessities this summer.