HOTD #8 – Zara tote


This is another one of my favourites. It is a Zara tote which, ironically, has been copied by all the high end designers, and market stall fakes abound. In all my years of handbag adoration I have never seen a budget chainstore bag copied by the expensive designers. They were always sold out in my local Zara so I bought from Zara online – the experiences was one of my best online shopping experiences ever. The speed with which it arrived from Spain via courier, the cheap shipping (£4), the wonderful tissue paper, dustbag and gorgeous box – all in all I loved every minute! The bag cost about £100 I think but it is worth at least twice that in terms of quality and resale value.


Plain leather tote (mine is in brown) with short handles with plait effect and a detachable shoulder strap. It is made of buffalo leather and unlined but has a detachable pouch with inner pockets and zips. This clips onto little studs inside the bag and is a good idea but I find it a bit fiddly so have removed it. The colour is lovely and the leather is very very nice.


A very attractive bag. Big, hardwearing, understated, simple.


Very big and can be heavy

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

18 thoughts

  1. I have a friend who is going through cancer at the moment, and I asked what she would want me to get for her, and she sent me a picture of this same zara tote. please where can I get one of this or would you like to put this up for sale?

      1. Hi Janet good day
        How are you n your cat doing
        I hope you are okay.
        I want to remind you about what we discussed the last time. Please let me know what your plan is. Please i do not intend to put you underpressure of any kind and I am really sorry for any inconveniences this may have cause.
        kind regards

    1. I will see if I can find one close to you. I would consider sending but the bag is very big and heavy so shipping will be pricey. I will come back to you over the weekend 🙂

      1. Okay thank you very much that is very thoughtful of you.I will be very glad if am able to put a smile on her face with this. I don’t mind paying for it please. Once again thanks.

  2. Hi Janet,

    I love your Zara Tote. I would like to know if you make the bag and what is the cost?

    1. I used to store them upright stuffed with non-coloured tissue paper and in their dustbags but I decided I liked looking at and using them so I have them displayed on top of my wardrope and in a huge bureau with no tissue and no dustbags.

    1. They usually have these items in different colours long term but if they do not, try other high street chains. Russell and Bromley used to have a very nice version of them too. And of course eBay is another good bet. Good luck!

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