Natural Essex Tote
The Natural Essex tote is a classic leather tote handmade of full-grain leather. Natural Essex leather is soft and smooth (and will become more pebbled with use). It also acquires a dramatic patina with wear, and will darken considerably as you carry it. Natural Essex totes come standard with russet handles, or you can choose a custom color with the KMM & Co. Secret Menu.
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What makes KMM & Co. special?
Handmade in the USA
Leather goods made by skilled hands in our Atlanta, Georgia studio.
Full-grain leather and traditional craftsmanship to last a lifetime.
Free shipping & returns
Free shipping on U.S. orders of $50 or more (and free returns, too)!
Full-grain leather that's sourced as a byproduct of the meat industry.
Things customers love about the KMM & Co. leather tote bag:
1. Gorgeous full-grain leather
The leather tote bag, KMM & Co.'s signature bag, is handmade of full-grain leather. That's the highest quality leather made, and we stock more (and brighter!) colors than just about anyone else.
2. Custom-length handles
There's no single handle length that's right for everybody (or every tote). We make a range of drop lengths so you can get a perfect fit. Each tote handle is cut of belting-weight leather, and has its edges beveled, for decades of comfortable carrying.
3. Indestructible one-piece design
KMM & Co. totes are cut from a single piece of leather, then stitched and riveted the traditional way so they can't come apart. Inferior totes have a seam across the bottom – beware of imitations!
4. Traditional, solid copper rivets
Once the handles go on with traditional copper rivets, they're not budging! We take the extra time to set our rivets smooth side out, so they won't snag even the most delicate cardigan. No shortcuts!
5. Versatile interior organization
A KMM & Co. tote is thoughtfully designed to keep your essentials close at hand. One side of the tote features an interior pocket, and the other is fitted with a sturdy strap for your sunglasses or keys.
How the tote bag measures up:
To be truly great, a leather tote has to have amazing materials, heirloom-quality craftsmanship, and impeccably designed proportions. (Sure, our standards are high, but we bet that yours are, too!)
• 13 inches in height
• 14 inches in width
• 6 inches in depth
• Handle drop length: standard 7 inches (our most popular!), or custom 9, 10, or 11 inches
• 1.5 to 2.5 pounds in weight, depending on leather
"I am a purseaholic. I have a closet full of high end designer purses but when this Tan Kodiak tote arrived I quickly put my Chanel back in closet and fixed up my new tote. I love it. This company does impeccable workmanship with every detail looked after. The quality of the leather, the smell of the leather, the feel of the leather, and the general appearance of this tote make it a class on its own."
– MARTI, VERIFIED BUYER
Handmade and made to order
Made to order, just for you
Like every KMM & Co. accessory, the tote bag is handmade and made to order. (No warehouses, no factories, just a small studio in downtown Atlanta!) Each tote bag takes up to 3 weeks for us to make and ship – but it's worth the wait, we promise!
Free shpping on U.S. orders $50+
All orders totaling $50 or more ship free within the United States! We also ship overseas, and to APO/ FPO addresses, too. All packages ship via USPS and go to our local Atlanta post office within 24 hours of your shipping confirmation email.
Easy returns within 30 days
If you aren't happy with your order, you can return or exchange it for free within 30 days of receipt. The only items ineligible for return or exchange are final-sale items and items customized for you. Check out our full returns policy for more details.
How the tote bag gets made
Each bag is handmade in the USA (in our Atlanta studio)! We get started on your tote at the cutting table. That's where we hand-pick the perfect hide of full-grain leather, carefully considering its grain, color, character, markings, and structural integrity.
Next, we stitch the side seams of the bag inside-out, backstitching to lock in and reinforce the seams. We hand-set eight copper rivets inside the tote to form the gusset, and turn it right-side out. Then, we cut your custom handles from belting-weight leather.
Finally, we attach the handles, pocket, and interior strap with more hand-set copper rivets. The handles can't wear out or tear off. Each tote is made to be indestructible, and we'll always repair it in the unlikely event that materials or craftsmanship fail.
Made (and customized) just for you!
Everybody's dream tote looks a little different. We offer many custom options so you can design your perfect tote.
1. Add a brass snap closure
A solid brass snap is the perfect closure for a tote bag: It's built to last through a lifetime of use, it's easy to use one-handed, and it stays out of the way when you don't need it. And solid brass acquires a patina of its own– no painted "antiqued brass" here!
2. Choose a crossbody strap
If you like to carry your tote bag with a crossbody strap, we can make that happen! You can add solid brass D-rings and a handmade crossbody strap to be ready to go right out of the box. Or, choose just the D-rings if you already have a strap you love.
See more in Natural Essex, a soft and squishy vegetable-tanned leather that develops a dramatic patina with wear.
Ask away! FAQs about the tote bag
How much does a KMM & Co. tote bag hold?
The tote bag is the perfect bag for work, school, the weekend, and beyond. It can comfortably fit a 13-inch MacBook, a book, a notebook, snacks, a water bottle, a large wallet, zip pouches, a makeup bag – just about anything you carry everyday.
What handle length will be most comfortable for me?
The drop length that's best for you depends on personal preference and body type. We recommend measuring the handles on a bag you already own (and messaging us!) if you're unsure. 7-inch handles are the most popular, followed by 10-inch handles.
Which color or leather should I choose?
We love every color in our collection, but after making thousands of totes, we're partial to Kodiak and Cypress leathers. For each color we introduce, we reject hundreds of other colors and tannages: KMM & Co. leathers are truly the best of the best.
What kind of markings should I expect with full-grain leather?
Full-grain leather retains all of its original grain and character, including any imperfections. You might see range marks, grain variations, small spots or scratches, folds, or color variation. They're all a beautiful part of the leather's natural character.
How is a KMM & Co. tote different from other totes?
At KMM & Co., we put thoughtful design and heirloom-quality craftsmanship first. Each design undergoes months of field-testing and fine-tuning. We spend years working with tanneries to bring you the very best of full-grain leather. And we train our staff in slow, traditional methods of craftsmanship. Too many totes are made by people who have never carried one. Ours are made by people who carry totes everyday – and want yours to last a lifetime.