There are many things to love and recognize about tote bags let alone canvas tote bags. From the simplicity of design to the beneficial functionality, the canvas tote bag has integrated itself into the lives of economically conscious women, stay-at-home mothers and even fashion-driven women and men since the 1940s and 1950s. There is not much that consumers cannot love about these seemingly unrefined yet conventional tote bags, therefore, a brief history will enlighten those who are or were unaware of the bar’s past.
The emergence of the Canvas tote bag came to the United States starting in 1944 when Maine’s L.L. Bean designed a tote bag, calling it an “Ice Bag”. L.L. Beans offers their tote bag in a variety of sizes with options of features to choose from, however, The Ice Bag style is still in production and speaks volumes about the timeless and classic design that tote bags offer today.
During the 1950s the Canvas tote bag started to appeal to stay-at-home mothers due to the ease of use, convenience and durable fabric, canvas. At this point, there wasn’t much pizazz in terms of style or decoration yet there was enough functionality to keep the bags in circulation and in Americans homes.
The 1960s is when Canvas tote bags started to take off because its simplicity showed potential to fashion designers who found a variety of stunning and elegant ways to personalize the accessory. A forgotten yet well-known fashion Designer Bonnie Cashin who designed for Coach was inspired enough to launch a tote bag line of her own called Cashin Carry Tote Bags. Into the ‘90s, fashion designer Kate Spade brought the spotlight back to the tote bag by carrying them as fashion bags and marketing them as high-end, making them even more desirable to everyone.
In terms of present times, tote bags’ versatility is expressed everywhere concerning the many options are given when choosing a tote bag of your own. DIYers love to personalize their Canvas tote bags by utilizing heavy-duty totes to handle heavier loads, also, they adorn their totes with graphics and designs that are just for them. Tote bags have proven to stand the test of time due to its original canvas material and many beautiful appearances on the runway and by doing so the tote bag remains and the images or statements are versatile and interchangeable.
Artists have transformed the look and functionality of tote bags by making and selling them. A successful bag business would have access to wholesale canvas bags and heavy-duty totes to bring you their best styles and fabrics, the choices are truly endless. However, nowadays it is common for businesses that are looking to go green to give out custom paper bags when shopping at their stores. That way you can reuse the bag or recycle it after.
On a final note, totes bags of all shapes, sizes, and color have dramatically evolved from its humble beginnings and has become a symbol of simplicity, elegance, economical and above all, stylish.