Spoiler: It’s under $80 and also comes in a new leopard print

By Alex Warner
February 12, 2020 02:25 PM
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Meghan Markle is like King Midas, because everything she touches (wears, uses, etc.) turns to gold — or in her case, sells out immediately. At this point, almost anything she wears inevitably becomes unavailable within minutes, so whenever a Meghan Markle-touched piece gets stocked at one of our favorite retailers, we sit up and take note. And that’s exactly what happened when we discovered that one of the most affordable handbags she’s ever carried landed at Nordstrom. It sold out quickly, of course, but luckily, it just got restocked!

You can once again shop her Madewell Medium Canvas Transport Tote on the department store’s website. If you recall, Meghan carried the bag for an outing in Cape Town during her royal tour in South Africa with Prince Harry. The army green canvas tote caught our attention for a couple reasons: one, because it’s very different from the typical structured leather handbag she often chooses, and two, it’s super affordable at just $78.

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Stitched together with a durable, textured canvas material, the modern tote is not only lightweight and reliable, but also spacious enough to hold a laptop, wallet, cosmetics bag, and anything else you might need for the day. Loose items can easily be organized thanks to its two convenient pockets — an exterior pocket for the things you need to grab quickly and a zippered interior one to safely stow smaller items like your keys, phone, and chapstick. But what really makes this the ultimate versatile tote is its multi-functional straps that allow you to carry it two ways. The soft, sturdy leather top-handle straps are designed to be held at your side, while the longer strap can be used to sling the bag over your shoulder like a crossbody (and Meghan so generously showed us both ways to carry it.)

Buy It! Madewell Medium Canvas Transport Tote in British Surplus, $78; nordstrom.com

It’s no wonder why this carryall is Madewell’s best-selling tote bag and has found its way into Markle’s closet. Considering her exact army green hue already sold out once since being discovered at Nordstrom, we have a feeling it won’t be around much longer. If that’s the case, the Madewell Transport tote is also available in an equally pretty dressed-up leather version and now comes in a leopard calf-hair version, too.

Scroll down to shop the reliable everyday tote, but don’t wait too long because we know how quickly Meghan-touched pieces sell out.

Buy It! Madewell Leopard Genuine Calf Hair Medium Transport Tote, $188; nordstrom.com


Buy It! Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote, $158; nordstrom.com


Buy It! Madewell The Zip-Top Medium Transport Leather Tote, $178; nordstrom.com

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