Earlier this fall I took some time to step out of my creative box and take a few trips. Although I am enjoying a little “r & r”, I can’t help but observe what’s going on around me. Of course, the fashion scene of these two cities kept my attention every moment. On these particular trips I noticed the increased presence of fashionable tote bags, from subways in NYC to Side walk cafe dwellers in Santa Monica. Men and women, young and old all agree the tote is the trend that is here to stay.