Black Leather Tote
This minimalist bag highlights the natural textures and variations inherent in vegetable tanned leather and includes exposed seams, an interior zipper pouch, and antique brass rivets.
Our vegetable tanned leather is from Horween, a unionized tannery founded in 1905 and the last tannery left in Chicago. Vegetable tanning is a slow, non-toxic process which uses tree bark extracts to cure the leather and which produces hides with rich, warm, and uniquely variegated tones that improve as they age. In addition, vegetable tanned leather can be more easily and safely recycled than chrome tanned leather (the most commonly used and often quite toxic method of processing leather). Vegetable tanned leather retains the grain patterns, marks, and scars picked up by the animal during its lifetime; each bag reflects these variations of the hide.
All pieces are cut in our Chicago workshop and sewn by stitchers whom we employ directly (without the use of contractors or piecework), using a slow fashion model of manufacture, wherein workers are paid a living wage. Our pieces are made one-by-one, and can be customized to your measures and preferences.
Material — Vegetable tanned leather
Dimensions — Exterior 14.25” L x 12.75” W; Strap drop 11”; Interior zipper pocket 6” L x 8” W.
Care — Dry clean only by a leather professional. See our Leather Care Guide for more info.
Made in the USA