Bright Totes from Wm J. Mills & Co.

Wm. J. Mills Red Ice Bag ToteEver since the rise of eco-chic, tote bags have become de rigeur.  That also means that they’re a dime a dozen, gracing the shelves of supermarkets and high-end fashion boutiques alike. That said, there are tote bags, and there are tote bags, and Wm J. Mills & Co. makes the kind that you’ll never hide away in a closet.

My good friend Spencer introduced Steve to the brand, and I was quickly won over on a trip we took up to Greenport, Long Island last summer. Wm J. Mills & Co. is based out of Greenport, and they have a nice little shop on the edge of the town, right by the docks. Originally a sail making company, they have long since branched out to make totes, duffel bags, and other carry-on accessories from bright, sturdy duck canvas.

Wm J. Mills Yellow Ice Bag ToteAfter using a bag for a little over a year now, I can attest to the superb quality of the Wm J. Mills products. But let’s face it, I’m all about the look, too. The intensely bright colors with contrasting white handles make these totes the perfect summer carry-all.

You can order a tote directly from Wm J. Mills & Co., or you can find their bags at Epaulet in Brooklyn or Save Khaki in Manhattan.  They start at $110, but the quality makes them worth the price.