A row of KMM & Co. leather tote bags

Trying to pick a new leather tote from KMM & Co.? There are lots of options -- so many that it's sometimes confusing to compare them. One useful way is to figure out whether you want a tote that's structured or slouchy. 

Here's what you need to know about which totes are structured, which are slouchy, and which fall somewhere in between!

The tan kodiak tote is slouchy

Looking for slouchy? Choose kodiak!

The kodiak totes -- offered in tan, brown, and black -- are the only KMM & Co. totes that are truly slouchy. The leather is soft and pebbled, with gorgeous pull-up and a luxurious feel. When you put a kodiak tote on the floor without anything inside it, it's definitely going to flop over. 

Like most of our other leathers, kodiak leathers range in color, and often have natural imperfections such as variations in color, range marks, small scratches, occasional insect bites, and folds in the leather. But most people think those imperfections are totally worth it to get the soft, floppy feel of a kodiak tote!

Want something super structured? Crazy Horse is a perfect match!

On the other end of the spectrum is our Crazy Horse leather. This leather is heavy and stiff, and yields the most structured totes that we offer. These totes have no problem standing up on their own, even when they're completely empty.

KMM & Co. fans love Crazy Horse for its high-contrast color and its oil-tanned feel. And many also love the range marks that are common on this type of leather and make every single bag unique. The only tradeoff? Crazy Horse totes are the heaviest totes we offer. If you're worried about your tote feeling too heavy once you add all your essentials, you might want to consider a lighter-weight leather.

Prefer something in between? Go with one of our limited-edition colors!

While the kodiak and Crazy Horse leathers are here to stay in the KMM & Co. lineup, we often introduce limited-edition colors, too. These totes are the ones you should consider if you want a tote that's structured enough to stand up on its own (unlike a floppy kodiak tote), but won't feel as stiff or heavy as a Crazy Horse bag. 

The only caveat with the limited-edition colors? When we say that these totes are limited-edition, we mean it. We're often able to order only a small amount of each color from the tannery. And once they're gone, they're gone.

Autumn Harvest, Juniper, Slate Grey, Oxblood, and other limited-edition colors come and go. But if you catch one, these totes are the perfect sweet spot between light-and-floppy and stiff-and-structured. 

Looking for your perfect tote? Browse our current collection here! If you have questions, email us at!

March 20, 2019 by Jess Bolluyt