The Best Bags for Your Books According to Our Staff

From paperbacks and MacBooks to notebooks, we need something to carry them all in, right?


Quite often books and bags are closely associated – and for good reason. So we asked some of our dedicated literature lovers here at FASHIONPHILE what book is currently inside their bag. Concurrently, we’ve come to discover some of the best tried and true designer bags (totally worth investing in) to carry all your books!

Sarah Davis - Founder & President
Josh Lee - VP, Head of CX
Lauren Leger - Sr. Manager, Head of Marketing & Communications
Christy Yun - UX Researcher
David Hines - Client Services Call Center Specialist
1. What is your favorite book genre, and what are you currently reading?


Sarah Davis (SD): I wish this wasn’t so predictable, but I do love business books. I never went to business school, so I kind of put together my own program at home with podcasts, youtube and good books! I just finished Supermaker by Jamie Schmidt. I learned some stuff and was inspired! I love that in a book.

Josh Lee (JL): 90% of what I read is non-fiction self-development books – usually around management, design, or business/entrepreneurship and history books. I’m particularly fond of 15-16th century Feudal Japan. I seldom read fiction books – mostly revenge stories, sci-fi, or detective books. I’m currently reading Selected Stories of Philip K Dick by Philip K Dick and Measure What Matters by John Doerr.

Lauran Leger (LL): I love some fiction reading, particularly historical fiction. I like what I read to take me somewhere else. I also try to mix in some Business & Marketing books. I am currently re-reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, it is beautifully written and I highly recommend it if you have never read it. I also just started reading Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas. It was recommended by our founder Sarah Davis on one of FASHIONPHILE’s Clubhouse chats.

Christy Yun (CY): My favorite is romance fiction, but I’m currently reading Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong. And I would easily read Dear Girls by Ali Wong again! Laughed the whole way through.

David Hines (DH): I enjoy reading books about philosophy. I am currently reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

2. Are you team book-in-hand or team kindle?


SD: I definitely prefer the old-school book-in-hand. I’m a highlighter, underliner, notetaker in the border type of reader!

JL: I own a Kindle for when I travel, otherwise I love the physical book (hardcover).

LL: Can I say audiobook? I have Audible unlimited so I can constantly have something new to read/listen to. You can listen and drive, clean, work out, whatever! But if I am truly sitting down for a read I’ll take a Kindle, please.

CY: Kindle! So easy for on the go!

DH: For pleasure reading, I prefer to have a paperback copy.

3. What is your favorite reading spot?


SD: I have a chair that I tend to sit in where I can put my feet up and just dig in.

JL: I have an egg chair in my mini-garden area outside my master bedroom.

LL: Anywhere in the sun.

CY: At a coffee shop.

DH: Curled up on the couch, or sunbathing outside.

4. What designer handbag does your book often inhabit while on the go?


SD: A Chanel Grand Shopping Tote that I’ve had forever!

JL: I have a Louis Vuitton Damier Infini Black Backpack.

LL: In the summer the Loewe Raffia Small Basket Tote Bag. Or the Chanel Urban Spirit Backpack for any time.

CY: The Bottega Veneta Arco Tote.

DH: The Tao of Pooh is all about living simply and accepting what you cannot change. On the go, I think this philosophy would inhabit a Goyard Saint Louis Tote. I believe this book would enjoy having a bag that is flexible, spacious, and practical.

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote
Louis Vuitton Damier Infini Backpack
Loewe Raffia Small Basket Tote Bag
Bottega Veneta Arco Tote
Goyard Saint Louis Tote
5. And what are some things you love about your go-to designer handbag?


SD: I can carry several books in there- or a smaller laptop and a couple of books. It’s a workhorse – substantial, with plenty of room.

JL: The leather is super sturdy, stays in shape, and smells really great. It’s also black, and not gaudy.

LL: The Loewe Raffia Small Basket Tote Bag is the ultimate beach bag.

CY: Leather is high quality and so soft, it’s lightweight, and can hold all that I carry every day.

DH: I am in love with the classic Goyard chevron pattern. The pattern looks stunning in every color! I love the craftsmanship and simplicity of Goyard.

6. Is there a handbag you’re eyeing right now that just might be your new go-to?


SD: My GST has plenty of life in it- so that’s not going anywhere for now. But my new phone is finally too big for my Chanel Square Mini Flap. I love that bag as a crossbody/hands-free style bag… but my phone is massive and no longer fits. I’m looking to replace it with something similar. I don’t want to carry a bag that can’t at least hold my phone. I’m a huge Audible fan and love listening to books on my phone, as well.

JL: No, I think I’m going to stick with this guy for a good while.

LL: Always. I have been eyeing a Dior Book Tote for years so that will likely be my next purchase. I may sell a few of my more “going-out” bags that I haven’t been able to use for a while and use that 10% store credit bonus towards the Book Tote. With “book” in the name, I am sure it will be perfect for toting those books around!

CY: Eyeing a Chanel Boy bag!

DH: I am drawn to the Louis Vuitton Jacquard Since 1854 pattern. I think it looks stunning on a Pochette Metis in grey. It could be my next go-to bag.

Returning to the office may seem so 2019, but these bags are not limited to just carrying your books, of course. They make great contenders for carrying all your essentials to the beach, weekend trips, or just about anywhere! Visit and start shopping today!