The Classic Canvas Tote Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon Carry Is on Sale at Nordstrom

Laura Reilly
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There are obviously quite a few immediately recognizable luxury bags out there — Hermés’ Birkin, Chanel’s quilted bag, Gucci’s Marmont. They’re so recognizable, in fact, they almost don’t bear repeating. But in the world of casual, everyday (we’d even go so far as to call them “utility”) bags, the one we could spot from a mile away is easily L.L. Bean’s Boat and Tote.

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The iconic canvas carrier is, for many, a middle school relic or a prepster fantasy (or perhaps it’s both). But it’s also a piece that’s guaranteed to live in mud rooms of celebrity homes Out East and on celebrity shoulders summering in Maine. On top of all that, it’s also become an unlikely (anti-)status symbol among art world A-listers.

Some of the most famous people are Boat and Tote owners: Reese Witherspoon carries the open-top style, Gwyneth Paltrow favors the even smaller open-top, Sarah Jessica Parker trusts the zip-top, and Chloë Sevigny sports a large version. And the most thrilling part of observing celebrities schlepping around their L.L. Bean Boat and Totes is watching them artfully pair the $60 bag with expensive sunglasses, latest-season coats, and other generally rich-person-identifying fashions.

The bag’s allure is no doubt its timelessness. Quality canvas material and sturdy construction, minus any affectatious trimmings that tend to date designs quickly, are the backbone of this ubiquitous accessory. And its affordability makes it one of the rare celebrity-loved items that’s actually accessible.

Today, the bag that’s won over the hearts of Hollywood’s elite is blessedly even more affordable thanks to Black Friday. Sales happening at Nordstrom and Zappos have brought down the price on the iconic tote, plus plenty of other L.L. Bean essentials like its shearling moccasin slippers and comfy robes.

Shop the iconic L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bag on sale, plus other L.L. Bean bag deals, below.

L.L. Bean Boat & Tote High Bottom Canvas Tote, Navy

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Shop now: $51 (Originally $60); nordstrom.com

L.L. Bean Boat & Tote High Bottom Canvas Tote, Mountain Red Buffalo

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Shop now: $51 (Originally $60); nordstrom.com

L.L. Bean Hunter's Tote

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Shop now: $38 (Originally $45); nordstrom.com

L.L. Bean Hunter's Zip Top Tote

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Shop now: $47 (Originally $55); nordstrom.com

L.L. Bean Everyday Lightweight Large Plaid Tote, Apple Cinnamon

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Shop now: $25 (Originally $30); zappos.com

L.L. Bean Everyday Lightweight Large Plaid Tote, Buffalo Check

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Shop now: $25 (Originally $30); zappos.com