When I think of those items that signify classic American summers, the L.L. Bean Boat and Tote immediately comes to mind. The iconic bag – which was originally designed to carry ice – has been around since 1944. 70 years! Talk about standing the test of time. It’s been spotted on arms of many a stylish lady – Gwyneth Paltrow and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, to name a couple – and not just at the beach! This bag manages to look chic whether you’re running errands around town or spending your day at the sea. The canvas carryall is utterly simple – no frills, just function. I have the large size and it’s a lifesaver when I really need a tote that can pack it all in. Did I mention it’s washable! It’s a bag that just gets the job done. While I love it year-round, there’s something about the nearing of summer that makes me want to carry it more. In fact, it’s making me want to purchase a second one. The sunny yellow hue is calling my name.