Tote Bag for Women on Wall Street?

I'm currently preparing for Summer 2018 recruitment and need to purchase a bag to take to superdays, etc. I have a really nice Coach tote, but I've heard that no one carries that brand at BBs. Does the brand really matter?

Everyone recommends a classic, neutral-toned Longchamp. Would you agree? Would a simple leather Cuyana tote be okay? Or is it best to stick with a well-known brand?

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Mar 20, 2017

Interested to know as well! Currently going with a Coach / Furla bag but I might need to get a simpler one.

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Mar 20, 2017

Is your bag all black? I hear that's the status quo.

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Mar 21, 2017

One of them is black - and the other one is beige. Pretty neutral colours I'd say.

Found this discussion - a bit dated but it has a lot of good info!
https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wall-street-fashion-for-the-girls

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Mar 20, 2017

What is the opinion on Michael Kors totes?

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May 24, 2017

"#1: Cracked iPhone screen. Michael Kors bag. Excessive use of emoji in text. If any 2 out of 3, run fast." - GSElevator

P.S. Nobody cares about the brand of intern's bag

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Mar 20, 2017

bump?

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Mar 21, 2017

I'd go with a Goyard or Birkin.

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Mar 21, 2017

Yeah no one really wears Coach or MK on the street but also most people don't care what bag you're wearing. I carry an all black Kate spade and it's been fine

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Mar 23, 2017

I carry Tumi but any chic tote without obvious branding should be fine. You won't lose the job for carrying a Coach tote unless it is one with C's all over. As another person said, Kate Spade makes some great work totes too. Frankly, you could carry a subtle black tote from Target to the interview and no one would give a toss about your bag.

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Mar 28, 2017

Neutral color, discrete logo if any. Basically, you don't want it to stand out at junior level; unless it's really subtle and only noticeable by people who are in the know. Then again, that applies to pretty much anything in such work situations.

Apr 7, 2017

I would go with either a Balenciaga or Birkin bag, as it something very neutral in terms of looks. But while being neutral it still looks great

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May 23, 2017

I carry the no name bag that I purchased from one of those thrift stores. I hope that helps.

May 24, 2017

I love Kate Spade, so that's what I carry for internships; I go with neutral colors like black, also try like Nordstrom Rack, they always have amazing Kate Spade purses on sale!

Jun 8, 2017

I carry a Botkier Soho Tote in chalk for spring/summer (take off the metal dog tag attached to the bag before wearing). The chai color it comes in is also nice.

Aug 3, 2017

You're not in highschool. Drop the coach and MK brands, unless you plan on rolling up in your hollister jeans from 06' as well.

There are so many minimalist bags now - all affordable. Even Zara is better than those brands. Also drop the Birkin - stick to your lane; you are just starting.

Think classic. Or don't carry a bag, carry a simple sturdy well designed folio
This bag is appropriate: bag

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Aug 3, 2017

I love my navy Longchamp, I'd recommend it - but it's pretty basic. A simple Kate Spade tote would work too like someone said.

Aug 11, 2017

Do you guys know of any tote bags (besides longchamp) that has a zipper? Something similar to the LV Neverfull Epi? I'm paranoid about everything being out in the open or my wallet falling out.

Sep 14, 2017

I have a large black Kate Spade tote with a zipper closure

Sep 17, 2017

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Apr 13, 2018

Many women carry longchamps. I have seen that at times the longchamp may be their second purse. Just pick a nice leather and neutral color.

Apr 13, 2018

Longchamp is ok for an intern but you look fucking poor if you're more than a few years in. When you get a FT job invest in a Tumi. You can buy one on sale in the $200-250 range but even the full-price ones are worth it.

Exception made for the all-leather Longchamp purses, but at that price-point you can do better.

If you can go with something a little nicer ($400-$600), Annabelle Ingall and Mansur Gavriel make some nice totes that will give you style cred.

Apr 13, 2018

Hi @Managerette" , thanks for the suggestions! Are there any norms / rules on the size of totes we should bring?

Apr 13, 2018

a trash bag

Apr 13, 2018

Your miserable boyfriends scrotum.

Apr 13, 2018

What's wrong with you?

Apr 13, 2018

Baise a l'arriere has great stuff. Very roomy as well.

Apr 13, 2018

Annie, most guys don't get it. My suggestion, and I would defer this to a few other people (as what does a guy really know about an appropriate tote), is that you go with elegant and understated. I would suggest going with the Gatsby if you have it (or a similar design if you're talking last year's model). Remember, you're not being judged on the tote, but something that is out of place will be viewed as such.

As to brands, have you considered Coach? It's not out of place and you can do respectable with it. I happen to have a Transatlantic Flip Briefcase and I love it. It is one of the best bags I have ever purchased.

Apr 13, 2018

Yeah babe the guy who interviews you is going to be looking at your HANDBAG. This is New York, not Los Angeles. Jesus.

always move forward
never sleep
like a shark, bro

Apr 13, 2018

Wow...

ParappatheDrapper:

Yeah babe the guy who interviews you is going to be looking at your HANDBAG. This is New York, not Los Angeles. Jesus.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The OP is from the West Coast, and there are investment banks, hedge funds and PE shops on the West Cost... ergo we can reasonably infer that she has an interview at a firm with offices in California. And as to her handbag, you assume that the OP is going to be interviewed by a guy with no sense of fashion or understanding of it. What happens if she is interviewed by a girl (it's a talking point for idle chatter) or its for a coverage group that specializes in high end consumer discretionary goods - you don't know. Now stop making generalized retarded statements and actually offer some constructive advice.

Apr 13, 2018
Frieds:

Wow...

ParappatheDrapper:

Yeah babe the guy who interviews you is going to be looking at your HANDBAG. This is New York, not Los Angeles. Jesus.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The OP is from the West Coast, and there are investment banks, hedge funds and PE shops on the West Cost... ergo we can reasonably infer that she has an interview at a firm with offices in California. And as to her handbag, you assume that the OP is going to be interviewed by a guy with no sense of fashion or understanding of it. What happens if she is interviewed by a girl (it's a talking point for idle chatter) or its for a coverage group that specializes in high end consumer discretionary goods - you don't know. Now stop making generalized retarded statements and actually offer some constructive advice.

Sorry guy. Didn't realize how seriously you took your handbags. I will try to "step lightly" around the issue, if you know what I mean.

always move forward
never sleep
like a shark, bro

Apr 13, 2018

Oh yes... I love to consider the value of a handbag as to how it completes the ensemble. Actually, I blame my understanding on my sister who does Fashion related PR work.

Now stop being a jackass and read what the OP is saying before you make blanket assumptions as to the nature of the situation. It's the small shit that makes can make the biggest impact in an interview. I got my first internship solely on the basis that I could argue college football (He went to Michigan State and I went to Penn State) with the interviewer and held my own better than he was expecting.

Apr 13, 2018
Frieds:

Oh yes... I love to consider the value of a handbag as to how it completes the ensemble. Actually, I blame my understanding on my sister who does Fashion related PR work.

Now stop being a jackass and read what the OP is saying before you make blanket assumptions as to the nature of the situation. It's the small shit that makes can make the biggest impact in an interview. I got my first internship solely on the basis that I could argue college football (He went to Michigan State and I went to Penn State) with the interviewer and held my own better than he was expecting.

What is it with Big 10 guys trying to play the white knight all the time? Does shit like that really get you laid out in the corn, bro? The chick asked a silly question. Everyone else sees that.

always move forward
never sleep
like a shark, bro

Apr 13, 2018
Frieds:

Oh yes... I love to consider the value of a handbag as to how it completes the ensemble. Actually, I blame my understanding on my sister who does Fashion related PR work.

Now stop being a jackass and read what the OP is saying before you make blanket assumptions as to the nature of the situation. It's the small shit that makes can make the biggest impact in an interview. I got my first internship solely on the basis that I could argue college football (He went to Michigan State and I went to Penn State) with the interviewer and held my own better than he was expecting.

Frieds I'm impressed.

OP - Kate Spade has some great bags out that are tote-ish, not super boxy, but would be great for interviews. They have some great ones right now in tan and black, you could easily fit a portfolio in them.

As for finding Longchamps on a budget, I would recommend Craigslist. I bought one off CL for $40, great condition. Def meet them in a public place if your going that route (I always meet them at a Target... lots of security cameras :) ).

Apr 13, 2018

White Knight? Never. Just not my style. I'm just calling it as I see it, and it's a legit fashion related question, especially when you consider that women make up a minority audience on WSO. As such, it behooves someone to actually offer contributory advice instead of being dismissive, as you are.

Apr 13, 2018

Annie, personally I think it looks more professional to have an open top handbag that looks somewhat like a briefcase as well as a handbag, rather than a classic tote.

I use a Lambertson Truex bag, namely this one: http://www.bagbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03...
You need room for notebooks, possibly a small laptop or iPad. Most purses aren't well-designed for this or are not professional (e.g. hobos).

I think this style shows you are a bit more business-minded than the average woman, but that's just me. There is also the factor of theft to take into account (I have taken this all over the world regularly and never had anything stolen though).

Apr 13, 2018

I've heard that the best type of bag to carry to an interview is something simple, black, leather and preferably not visibly name branded. Just because something isn't visibly name branded doesn't mean it won't look nice. I think a longchamp tote looks a little too casual for an interview because its made of synthetic material. If you're on a budget try department stores like Dillards and Macys. Even places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx have really good finds.

Best of luck!

Apr 13, 2018

longchamp is a horrible name for a womens bag and makes me think of antelopes + sports authority store for some reason

with that said whoever founded it is probably rich #sigh

Apr 13, 2018

Frieds: Thank you so much for your understanding. I especially appreciated you sticking up for me and defending the legitimacy of my question. I will look into Gatsby and Coach's "Transatlantic Flip Briefcase."

Venturecapitalista: Thank you for your advices as always.Great to hear from you again. I like the Lambertson Truexbag as you suggested.

Vivlee127 & km22: Thank you for your advice on handbag choices.

Xc48cross: I like "Kate Spade New York" as you do.

Annie_Finance

Apr 13, 2018

Annie, the transatlantic is one of their bags made for guys.

Nov 11, 2018

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