Barrington Gifts Tote Review

tote bag review

[This is not a paid endorsement; I’m just sharing tote bag information since I couldn’t find many reviews when researching this bag.] I’d seen many bloggers link to Barrington Gifts as their new favorite tote bag. As I browsed the website, I saw several totes that I thought would be great for my daily use and have sophisticated style. They offer many tote designs and styles, along with the option to monogram; I like when a company gives the buyer an opportunity to customize a bag for a reasonable price.

Currently, I use my daily tote bag to bring work notebooks/papers/books and laptop to work as well as for my childre.  Typically, I need a bag with some pockets to keep semi-organized.  I carry work items, pens, sunglasses, wallet, keys, phone, snacks on a regular basis. I’ve used several popular totes, like the Longchamp Le Pliage (no pockets, so I get irritated on a daily basis), and the Vineyard Vines tote (great use of pockets, canvas/casual look), as well as Vera Bradley (not a huge fan of the patterns).  While I like each of the totes I mentioned, none quite fit the bill exactly as I wanted. From Barrington Gifts, the St. Anne tote seems quite popular, and I contemplated the diaper bag version of it (which does go up in price, but it has many more pockets, nylon interior, and a removable strap.)

However, after looking at pictures, measurements, and other options, I decided I wanted a bag that could zip close (The St. Anne is open) and has 4 interior pockets, one zip interior, and one outside zip pocket (The St. Anne, I believe, only has one interior zip pocket).  So, I went with the Savannah Zippered Tote which was the next size down from the St. Anne:

 

Here are my (not so great) phone pics, but I’m super pleased with my choice. The leather handles and bottom really add to the sophistication of the tote.  I chose to not monogram the bag (in the leather square), but I think it pulls the bag together well.  You can see from below some of the things I fit in my bag along with a few of the pockets.  For example, on an outing with my kids this weekend, I added snacks, my diaper clutch (which holds wipes), a Kindle, extra shirt, and a bottle of water.  It can hold quite a bit of gear.

Also, I didn’t see the outside zipper pocket photo on the website, but was pleasantly surprised to see an extra zippered pocket. This can easily work as a diaper bag (although the interior is not nylon, so take that into consideration), but the extra side pockets are “bottle” sized which is great for baby/toddler bottles.

 

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Some of my work things, with plenty of room to spare.
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I like that the size is not SUCH a huge tote (size of Savannah is comparable to the Vineyard Vines tote), but it still manages to hold quite a bit.

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Hope this helps in tote shopping!