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The durable canvas bag has been around since 1944 (which makes it 78 years old, mind you) when it was designed to haul ice. In fact, over 350,000 totes are stitched each year in Maine and every tote is made from 100% American materials.
According to L.L. Bean, the iconic bag can hold up to 500 lbs thanks to its substantial 24 oz. cotton canvas: “We use the same #4 duck canvas featured in conveyor belts due to its incredible strength – it simply wears like iron. No other canvas even comes close.” The brand also reinforces the overlapping seams with heavy-duty T69 bonded nylon thread.
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, $29.95-$44.95
The bag comes in four sizes (small, medium, large and extra-large), that range from $24.95 to $39.95, and up to eight colors. The instantly recognizable tote bag is the ultimate summer must-have and even TikTok agrees. Videos about the bag have recently been going viral, making it hard to ignore.
TikTok user @jesicaelise got over 544,000 views on her video of her styling the tote, while @graciewiener’s video on the bag is currently popping off thanks to her cheeky monogram ideas. If you didn’t know, you can monogram your own Boat and Tote for just $8.
Another highlight of this classic bag is the reinforced flat canvas bottom that won’t dip or sag when you fill it up with all of your essentials. If you’re worried about anything falling out, L.L. Bean also makes its Boat and Tote with a zippered top!
Whether you use it as your beach bag, your grocery bag or your work bag, with the Boat and Tote you can really do no wrong. (Plus, it makes for a great gift.)
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