Though I obviously enjoy fashion, I’ve never been one to clamor for the season’s “It” anything. In fact, any item thusly ordained loses currency with a quickness. Nonetheless, I’d like to proffer an opinion on a great summer tote. I love a market bag and have gathered several humble varieties in my travels, from palmetto woven before my very eyes in Charleston to Blue Mountain burlap coffee sacks to Mexican poly mesh bolsas. My latest, from a recent Harlem sojourn, is the fun, functional and oh-so-funky baby-doll tote, $15, from the immensely talented Montgomery Harris, designer and proprietor of an eponymous Seventh Avenue (at 136th Street) boutique. From shopping to the beach, it’ll be on my arm all Summer long.
It’s incredibly sturdy, snaps shut and even has an inner pocket large enough for wallet, cell phone and keys.