Best Bet: Quality Mending Company Tote

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Most New Yorkers go by a two-bag philosophy: a handbag and an extra tote for lugging gym clothes, lunch, and anything else to face the day. And while basic canvas shoppers can be acquired as easily as a free cosmetic tote, they can quickly soil and look dowdy. The sturdy, lined canvas and leather detailing on this bag from local brand Quality Mending Co. ages well, and the style is neutral enough to accompany many a smaller statement bag.

Quality Mending Small Tote, $90 at Saturdays Surf or online.