The term tote or tate, meaning “to carry”, can be traced back to the century but was not used to describe bags. However, the tote bag craze in the United States began with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag. Because they were easier than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags. During , tote bags began to enter into the main culture. Women primarily utilized them as practical handheld bags because they didn’t require much care. It wasn’t until when the tote bag embraced personal style. Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags which combined style and functionality. In the, Kate Spade ultimately transformed how American culture embraced tote bags when she began carrying them as fashion bags. Today, fashion lovers and consumers can find tote bags in a variety of decorations and themes.