A tote bag is a large and sometimes unfastened bag with parallel handles that emerge from the sides of its pouch.

Is there a difference between a tote bag and a handbag?

Originally there was, but now there is not much difference.
A tote is a large bag that was originally made of cloth with two handles. There were no interior or exterior pockets. They were originally designed to go shopping or used for traveling. We can date them back to the 17th century. Over the years elements have been added such as trims, internal and external pockets and a whole myriad of colours and materials.

When did the fashion start?

It made its breakthrough in the 1940’s and 1950’s initially in the United States. LL Bean created a bag for transporting ice cut from frozen lakes to take to the chillers without it melting. They were made from a heavy canvas with a double-layered base and handles. It was such a great concept that people started to use it for lugging their shopping home too!

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