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Essential Leather Tote

"The essential leather tote is everything I hoped for. The leather is beautifully crafted and the bag is sensational."  ~Linda A.  March 5, 2021

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"The essential leather tote is everything I hoped for. The leather is beautifully crafted and the bag is sensational."  ~Linda A.  March 5, 2021

  •  The Essential Italian Leather Tote, while basic, has the elements of more expensive totes

    • soft buttery full grain Italian leather
    • enough space for everything you would want to carry, even all those summer Farmer's Market groceries or a weekend trip.
    • a 6x8 inch Snap in/out drop pocket with 3 compartments to hold all your quick grab items... your phone, a pen, pad for writing, business cards or even a small book

    Tote History:
    We used to make these totes unlined and in 2 leathers, Rustic Brown and Rustic Black.
    Then we started to leather line them with different leather colors inside for an additional $125 cost.
    We are now offering them in 3 sizes and...

    The New Spring Collection:  To get you started....
    Joelle, Kara and  Arthur decided on 3 Unique color combinations and we named them Midnight Calla, Cherry Blossom and The Sprout which has our new Leaf leather.
    Kara and Joelle helped with creating the perfect sizes for our new Small and Medium sized totes.

    See the Size and Style Guides in the product photos.
    Watch the new Product Video in the Product Video tab for a very detailed look and description of all the sizes and styles.

    But just in case you would rather read... here they are below.
    You can get any style in any size you like or just Design your Own in any size.
    These are all individually made to order and we are thrilled to Make something for you that you will LOVE.

    2 toned Carry Straps are Standardon all leather lined bags.
    We do this to add a Touch of Class to your Tote and because we like making stuff look cool and extraordinary.

    Small - 10-3/4h x 9w x 4d, 10-1/2 inch drop and 7-1/4x5 snap in drop pocket.
    Medium - 12-1/4h x 11w x 5d, 12 inch drop and 8-1/2x6 snap in drop pocket.
    Large -  13-1/2h x 13w x 6d, 12 inch drop and 8-1/2x6 snap in drop pocket.

    Midnight Calla -  Plum Outside, Black inside, Plum snap in Drop Pocket
    Cherry Blossom -  Bourbon outside, Blush inside, Bourbon snap in Drop Pocket
    The Sprout -  Flight Jacket outside, Leaf inside, Flight Jacket snap in Drop Pocket

    We left an Order Notes Box on this page so you can tell us anything you would like us to do to your bag when we make it.  Some things will be free and others will add cost and take longer to make.  eg.  Changing drop length will add cost and make time to your bag but we can do it.

    Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery although we do hope to get these out sooner.
    We do offer a Concierge service called Make Immediately.  Basically, if you order your bag this weekend, it will be on our workbench  Monday morning being made.  Our Concierge service is new and it puts you to the top of our Make schedule.

    We are your Makers.

    Available in our Heavy Rustic Brown or Black leathers or

    We can ALSO make these in our other 6 leather colors by laminating two pieces of leather together.
    This gives our lighter weight, more colorful, leathers more body.
    This leather lining uses almost twice the leather and takes more to make so the cost for our 6 other, colored, leathers is 50% higher in this bag.
    This includes the Flight Jacket, Crimson, Bourbon, Bronze, Sailboat and Sahara Nights leathers.  See the Sailboat/Bronze combination in the pictures.

    See the Options tab above for more details.

  • When ordering you can choose:

    UNLINED IN STANDARD COLORS:  Rustic Brown, Black & Bison

    Outside and Inside leather colors can be chosen separately from all 12 leather colors.

    ORDER NOTES: for any Special Request or clarifications

    see the Our Materials link above for more info on our leather and hardware

  • Learn More about our Spring Tote Collection

  • Shipping:
    Our items are shipped with $9.95 flat rate shipping via USPS 1st class or Priority mail. Transit times are usually 2-3 days, counting Saturday but not Sunday.

    All of our items come with a 30-day hassle-free return policy.

    Read our full policy here.

    *Personalized and Custom items are not refundable.


    Read more about our guarantee here.

  • While we are your Makers and you know exactly where your leather goods come from, it’s also important to know the source of the materials we use in making them for you. If you would like more info about our products and sources then let’s connect to discuss.

    Italian Leather: Our Primary Ingredient

    Our Italian Leather

    We are soft leather experts and have developed proprietary techniques for working with softer Chrome tanned Italian leathers.

    Unlike the stiffer, belt like, Vegetable tanned leathers, our leathers are soft right out of the box. Like the blue jeans you wear that only get softer and more comfortable with age, our leathers will immediately conform to your lifestyle and develop a great patina over time, making your life’s adventures more memorable and meaningful.

    Unbranded English Cow –Chrome/Oil tanned - Full Grain – Struck thru (dyed all the way thru the hide) Tanned in Italy – Unavailable anywhere else in the world.We worked with a 6th Generation tannery in Italy for 2 years to develop our proprietary leather.

    View our Processes and Proprietary soft leather-working techniques

    Hand-torn European Fine Art & Writing papers

    European fine Paper

    We offer you a choice of 3 European, hand-torn papers: Arches Text Wove, Frankfurt White, and Frankfurt Creme.

    Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.

    Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove. The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.

    Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love.
    They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free. You can also watercolor on our papers. They take light and heavy washes well and will dry completely flat.

    And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.

    We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.

    Solid Brass Hardware

    Threads and Cords

    Ancient and Hand-carved Beads


    The beads we use are anything but common.

    Some of our beads are over 300 years old. Others are individually hand carved. Some are and rustic and tribal in nature while others are more elegant.

    We use ancient African trade beads, Jade, Lapis, unpolished Tiger Eye, Jasper, Opal, solid bronze and Sterling Silver and are always adding to and changing out line.

    See our Machine Demos

  • Personalize Any Item

    If there’s one thing that really gets us off it’s making your item look totally cool and unique.

    And, when it comes to Personalizing your item, nothing gets more personal and unique.
    That’s why we offer so much more than just initials, a name or a short line of text.

    While it’s impossible to list all the creative and different ways we can personalize your book, bag or cover, we tried grouping them into the categories below. Any and all of these can be combined so if you need something special then contact us.

    Also, keep in mind that while we usually have standard placement for personalization, we can put it just about anywhere on your item at your request. There is no additional charge for that but you do need to tell us.

    See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

    3 Initial, Full or Multi-line Personalization

    included in the ordering options for most journals and covers

    3 Initial Personalization... the simplest and most popular choice.

    If you get a cover or a journal with 3 Initial Personalization, at our discretion we will usually include a matching leather bookmark and will personalize it with the same 3 initials.

    Full or Multi-line Personalization includes up to 15 spaces, counting the spaces in between the words or name.

    But just in case you are really close, we let you fudge 20% more by letting you add up to 18 spaces. When entering your desired pesonalization please remember that what you enter is CaSE sEnseTIve.

    We can put more letters on a single line but if it goes over the space limit then it will need to be entered as an additional line and will be charged accordingly.


    We have a Unique & Growing collection of Symbols which we can put on your item.

    To see the full collection just click on the BUTTON below.
    When ordering a Symbol we give you the choice of adding up to 3 initials directly below it.

    Symbols can also be combined with a Patch but must be ordered separately.

    See Symbols Collection


    Leather Patches are one of the most Unique forms of personalization we know of and nobody that we know of does it.

    This is where we create a leather patch, put whatever you want on it… a Symbol, up to 3 full lines of type…. basically, whatever you would like, and sew the patch onto your item. Because setup on these can take a long time, we typically make at least 2 just in case we make a mistake. But we usually don’t so in that case we will either just give you the second one or sew it onto your bookmark (if it's included) and if it fits.

    Combinations & Variations:
    We can combine patches, Symbols, Single or Multi-line Personalization in whatever way/s you would like.

    There are near unlimited variations and we do our best to make your patch look as cool as possible.
    But if you have certain placement needs or desires then you can just let us know.

    See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

    Custom Logos and Graphics

    If you have a logo or graphic you would like debossed into your item or on a patch then we can do that too.
    The max size is 5x2 inches. We send out to have a special metal die made which can be used over and over again.

    Custom Metal Casting

    beads, logos, findings and more...

Free Returns

30 Day return policy
Free return shipping in the contiguous US.
Risk-Free shopping experience.
Learn More HERE

Hand-built on our Workbench

Made while thinking of you.
...from our hands to yours

Watch  our Processes HERE

Guaranteed for LIfe...

even if your dog eats it.
You heard that right!

Read our Guarantee HERE

Unique Personalization

Initials, Multi Line, Symbols, Patches, Custom and more...

See all your options HERE

Get Personally Inspired

See how others have personalized their items.

 See Personalization Gallery