Meet The Lois Tote: A Bag Designed By Carolyn Murphy

BY Taylor Rebhan

My Nana was my idol and one of the most influential people in my life.

Lois could do anything: sew, garden, fish, cook and can food. Lois could be anyone: an artist, a Scrabble genius, a book club leader, a prodigal piano player and a martini maker.

Nana’s theme song to life was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”


No matter what Lois did, she always managed to have the perfect style: classic with a modern twist. She was the one who could wear the white button-down day to night, from hair down to up, sandals to heels, bare faced to a red lip. Effortless, yet sophisticated—casual elegance, always.  

The Lois Tote was designed in honor of my Nana.

It’s the perfect bag that transitions all the facets of our lives—work to play, city to country. 


I wanted an elegant bag to bring to work during the week that could effortlessly segue into the weekend as the ideal companion on a trip to the beach or local farmer’s market.

The debut style for summer has a durable canvas-linen blend body with a sophisticated red leather trim and classic bold stitching in white.  With a unique and transitional design in mind, the center leather pieces tie together to offer an upright, tote feel. When untied, the tote expands, offering wide space and winged dimension.


For interior organization, there is a collection of zip-top clutches with leather trim offered in three sizes.


This bag will complement any wardrobe and become a staple.

Who  wouldn’t want the Lois Tote? It’s well made, multifunctional and timeless—just like Nana. Most importantly, it  fits a game of Scrabble.


*Carolyn Murphy is an “all-American” model and actress, who has worked with some of the most notable names in the fashion industry. Carolyn and Shinola have come together in their timeless aesthetic and sensibility, creating a collection of  covetable leather bags and accessories. 

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