Looking Back, Looking Forward: Michael Kors Hamilton Tote

I’m quite fond of a classic tote bag.  When I leave home, I like to have all my essentials in tow and the right tote allows me to do that.  You’ve seen my favorite tote bags before in Fashionable Bags for Work.  Today’s Looking Back, Looking Forward spotlights my new bag, a Michael Kors Hamilton tote.

The Purchase Decision:  I’d been watching the Hamilton for almost two years.  MK bags often appear in off-price stores, so I was hoping and waiting for the Hamilton to show up in one.  Unfortunately, my favorite style, luggage with gold hardware, has been popular and kept selling out.  I decided to splurge then during the Macy’s VIP sale because 20% off was the best deal for now.

Off-Price Store Options:  Here’s a Hamilton tote that I’ve spotted in TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  I’ve seen a few similar colors, all with silver hardware.  I guess the croc style wasn’t as popular as others?

Why the Hamilton tote?
It’s beautiful!  The bag is spacious with inside pockets.  It has great structure for a tote bag.  It has my preferred gold hardware, but is safe for sensitive skin (many of the high end handbags have a brassy gold hardware that incites my contact allergies).

What’s in My Bag?
Here’s what’s in my Hamilton bag today.  There’s still lots of room left for more stuff too.  For a recent outfit with the Hamilton tote, see A Fresh Spin on Stripes.

I was concerned the bag wouldn’t fit my 13″ MacBook Pro,
but it does when you put the computer in vertically (sideways) and then turn it once inside.

My favorite Michael Kors Hamilton styles:

MICHAEL Michael Kors

Totes by MICHAEL Michael Kors



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  1. March 14, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    Good investment. I'm on a mission for a large leather tote/shopper bag but I'm looking to pay no more than $150. Think I can do it?

  2. March 14, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    You can absolutely do it, Sing! I've spotted some fabulous leather totes/shopper bags in the off-price stores. Many of the designer ones are under $150 too. Have you ventured out to the burbs to visit the Ross stores in Chi-town? Ross has its designer bags at least $50 lower than the TJX stores. The Michael Kors totes in Ross were $99.99 as opposed to $149.99 in TJ Max. Good luck on your hunt!!

  3. March 15, 2012 / 11:03 am

    Love your reviews of bags! I really like to see how much this tote can fit inside it. It's so nice, I have admired it for a while too! 🙂


  4. March 16, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    I haven't but I think this weekend I will venture into a Ross or two. Thanks.

  5. March 23, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    @Mica: Thanks. I don't know why, but I LOVE looking at "what's in your bags" posts. This Hamilton really packs a lot.

    @sing: Great. I can't wait to see what you find!