Although we always love an iconic original, the L.L. Bean Boat ‘n’ Tote has its limits — only one optional pocket, limited color ways and a size range that goes from too small to too big. On the positive side, they are the original (based on a bag for hauling ice) and they are virtually indestructible.
The J. Crew Amagansett Tote has it all going on — great color ways and patterns, optional critter embroidery (we like a green whale) and a softer construction that makes for an easier carry. Not nearly as sturdy and a bit more expensive, too.
Its a tie. We’d never abandon our beloved Boat ‘n’ Tote, but the Amagansett makes for a nice summer fling.