October 02 2011
I recently returned from a month on the English coast and, as usual, most of the things that I had considered to be must-take items (sundresses, loose linen shirts to throw over my swimsuit, etc) turned out to be totally superfluous. However, the tote bag I had purchased on a whim shortly before we left and which had been met with scorn by Mr A who believes I have quite enough bags already, proved utterly indispensible.
I bought the bag because I fell for its aesthetics – the blue, red and white colour scheme is cheerful and appropriately nautical, while the screenprinted umbrellas it sports are both a refreshing change from traditional seaside motifs and a witty acknowledgement of the British weather. (The designer, Laura Spring, lives and works in Glasgow…)
However, what marks the Wet Weather Tote out from its rivals is that this beauty is matched by total utility. It is capacious enough to take the family’s beach towels, strong enough to cope with the daily grocery shop and, thanks to the generously proportioned webbing handles, extremely comfortable to carry. Mr A has eaten his words.
I bought my Wet Weather Tote direct from Laura Spring for £59 but it is also available online from Nayella for $97.