When I was at FIT, my dear friend Erin gave me my very first LL Bean Boat and Tote bag. With a body of creamy, natural white cotton canvas, contrasting forest green straps, and my initials monogrammed on the front, it was, and remains, a thing of utilitarian beauty. The bag that started it all way back then, is now keeper of my eclectic collection of pastels. It’s canvas a bit softer, it’s handles ever so slightly worn. It’s just as strong and sturdy as the day Erin gave it to me.
For years now, our go-to summer vacation luggage, is a matched set of these LL Bean totes. Whether we’re spending a week on Cape Cod or Nantucket, these workhorse bags are the perfect carryalls to haul everything we think we’ll need. Who wants to stress over packing the perfect suitcase, when all you want to do is just be on vacation already!
Such a non-fussy way of keeping things organized. The flat reinforced bottoms keep ‘em upright, while the heavyweight canvas keeps them from flopping around as you’re trying to pack. Perfect. Each one of us has a designated natural and navy bag, custom monogrammed with our initials. Into these we stuff our clothes. The other totes, having red handles, haul everything else; from our kitchen stuff and linens, to our essential books and board games. A couple of monogram-free versions fill out our line-up for the inevitable overflow, which is especially important for the return trip. The flexibility of the canvas sides, allows it all to fit beautifully into the wagon.
Our red, white and blue totes not only carry their weight in gold, but also continue to hold a lifetime of wonderful memories.