Hampton tote

Beautiful
beach bag

There’s nothing worse than letting a basic accessory ruin an otherwise fantastic ensemble. No woman carries a burlap sack with her little black dress. So why do we ruin our cute bikinis with cumbersome bags that don’t look cute at all? Carter & Co. puts an end to this summer fashion faux pas with the Hampton tote.

The rundown

The first thing you notice about Carter & Co. Hampton tote is the style. The nautical-themed tote is hand-sewn and signed by the artist who constructed it. Each tote is made right here in the US, which is another unique element. Carter & Co. boasts that it uses top-quality materials to create an adorable accessory, and you can feel that quality as soon as you touch it. So far, the first impression is incredible.

Why it works

What sets the Hampton tote apart from other bags is the interior. While the outside is stylish and cute, the inside is functional. Inside the 9-inch by 12-inch pouch you can fit books, magazines, keys, phones, cameras, wallets or anything else you need to keep dry. Waterproof laminated cotton lines the inside of the tote so your belongings stay protected.

The final verdict

We hit the beaches of San Diego with the Hampton tote to see if it lived up to its potential. What we found was that it exceeded our expectations. Not only did it protect our valuables at the beach from water and sand, but the outside stayed dry once we took those out and threw in our soaking wet bathing suit. A bonus was how convenient it was to cart around. The handle made it easy to carry with beach chairs and towels. But the best part was the compliments from other beach-goers. Numerous onlookers commented on how chic the style was, especially for a beach bag.

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