• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

Must-Have Item: The Rafé New York "Amanda" Tote Bag

Must-Have Item: The Rafé New York "Amanda" Tote Bag


It's not every day that someone names a bag after you, so you can imagine my shock (and excitement!) at finding out that designer Rafé Totengco designed the "Amanda" tote from his Spring/Summer collection with me in mind!

I met Rafé at the 2010 CFDA Awards, to which I wore his clutch. Rafé is really good friends with Peter Som, my handsome date for the evening, and the three of us spent most of the night laughing and chatting together.

And now, here I am, wearing one of his designs again, except this time, it carries my name! I must say, I think the coolest part of the bag is the story behind it. The fabric (called T'nalak) is hand-woven by women of the T'boli tribe, an indigenous group from the Philippines, Rafé's homeland. The craft has been passed down for generations, and the ladies work with old looms that their great-grandmothers used. All the dyes are natural and each pattern is different. So, each bag has its own life and identity, and I feel proud to support these women and their culture by simply buying one of their creations.

The "Amanda" tote comes in three variations (from left to right): the New York "Amanda Sequins" Tote, the New York "Amanda - Ikat" tote, and the New York "Amanda" Tote. They are available on Rafé's website or nordstrom.com. I hope you all love them as much as I do!

Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Go to the Beach

Go to the Beach

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.