Ann Taylor Signature Gallery Tote Review

November 12, 2014

Ann Taylor's Signature Gallery Tote (40% off this week with FRIENDS40) is among the best additions to my closet this fall; the design is simple but has the right amount of accents to differentiate it from a basic tote. It combines elements of a number of trendy bags--the trapezoidal shape of the Celine luggage tote, the small Tory Burch-like logo, and the zippered gussets of the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli--just made with affordable and durable polyurethane (or another kind of artificial leather).
Zipia Lace Top | Forever 21 Cowl-Neck Sweater | Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | c/o Ann Taylor  Signature Gallery Tote + Rayleigh Leather Ankle Strap Sandals
The bag itself feels as light as the Longchamp Le Pliage tote but I would advise against carrying denser items (e.g. bricks and padlocks) since the base is unreinforced. A base shaper would help prevent bag sag but I don't think this bag is designed to carry heavy loads.
Pebbled Signature Tote | Mini Pebbled Signature Tote
Pebbled Signature Tote: 18" wide ; 11" tall; 5" deep
I have taken to using this bag as my everyday work bag (top zippers would've been great for this bag but would also place restrictions on item height) and wanted to show just how capacious it is. It fits my laptop, tablet, phone, wallet, miscellaneous writing material, flats, and small personal items.

There is minimal compartmentalization built into the tote (one interior zippered pocket and one interior slip pocket) which allows users some freedom to choose how they organize the space (or use the handbag organizer of your choice).
Both the Pebbled Signature Tote and Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (5 colors) are normally excluded from store-wide promotions but they qualify for this week's 40% friends & family discount (use code FRIENDS40 at checkout). 

My picks: Jeweled Shift Dress, Cable Turtleneck Sweater, Versatile Tie Blouse, Bow Pencil Skirt, Day Coat, Crepe Wrap Top, Cable Trim Sweater, Jeweled Side Zip Sweatshirt, Embellished Flare Sweater Dress, Boiled Wool Drop Waist Dress, Lace Shift Dress, Sequin Tuxedo Dress, Shimmer Flounce Skirt, Ombre Fringe Skirt, and Crepe Embellished Shirt.

Happy shopping!

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