Natural Essex Travel Tote
The Natural Essex travel tote is a handmade, full-grain leather tote bag. 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. travel tote bag:
1. Gorgeous full-grain leather
The travel tote, like every KMM & Co. 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. Pockets, inside and out
One of the most beloved features of the travel tote is its spacious exterior pocket, which keeps your essentials close at hand. Inside the bag, there's also an interior pocket, a strap for your sunglasses, and a solid brass D-ring for your keys.
5. 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!
How the travel tote measures up:
The travel tote is an everyday bag that's well-equipped for even your busiest days. It's comfortable to carry on your shoulder, and just as practical carried as a crossbody bag.
• 12 inches in height
• 16 inches in width at the top of the tote
• 13.5 inches in width at the bottom of the tote
• 6.5 inches in depth
• Handle drop length: standard 7 inches (our most popular!), or custom 9, 10, or 11 inches
• 2 to 2.75 pounds in weight, depending on leather
"I recently purchased a travel tote. Now I have a market and about 8 regular totes. I love them all. But. This one is awesome. Has everything. Perfect size. Perfect weight. Love the outer pocket and the d ring for keys. Also. Customer service was top notch. I ordered purple, emailed and asked if I could change to mulberry. No problem. Then I changed my mind and wanted tan. Quick response and got my tan. Ordered black handles. Love it!"
– STACIE B., VERIFIED BUYER
Handmade and made to order
Made to order, just for you
Like every KMM & Co. accessory, the travel tote is handmade and made to order. (No warehouses, no factories, just a small studio in downtown Atlanta!) Each tote bag takes up to 4 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 returns policy for more details.
How the travel tote gets made
Each bag is handmade in the USA (in our Atlanta studio)! The travel tote begins on the cutting table, where we select the perfect side to cut the bag – and its exterior pocket, which needs to coordinate well with the body in terms of color and grain.
Next, we stitch the pocket onto the bag, reinforcing its corners with copper rivets. Then, we cut the handles out of belting-weight leather, which breaks in beautifully with use. We sew the side seams of the bag, backstitching for reinforcement.
Then, we rivet the handles onto the bag, affixing the interior pocket and interior strap inside the bag with those same copper rivets. The final step is to set the D-rings that will enable you to attach an optional crossbody strap to your bag.
Made (and customized) just for you!
Everybody's dream tote looks a little different. We offer a range of custom options so that you can have your travel tote made exactly the way you want it.
1. Pick your favorite drop length
There's no one handle length that's perfect for everyone. We offer a range of drop lengths so that your bag will fit you exactly as you prefer, whether close to your body or with more room to maneuver.
2. Choose a custom handle color
You can customize the color of your travel tote's handles with the KMM & Co. Secret Menu. Go bold and bright or classic and understated – there are a dozen handle colors and endless color combinations.
3. Add a crossbody strap
Each travel tote is fitted with solid brass D-rings to attach a crossbody strap. Use a strap you already own, add one of our signature belting-weight straps, or accessorize with a vintage-style chain link strap!
See more in Natural Essex, a soft and squishy vegetable-tanned leather that develops a dramatic patina with wear.
Ask away! FAQs about the travel tote
How much does a KMM & Co. travel tote hold?
The travel tote is practically sized for a trip around the neighborhood or across the country. Carry everything that would fit in our classic tote – a laptop, a book, snacks, water – plus a bit more thanks to the handy exterior pocket.
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 emailing us!) if you're unsure. 7-inch handles are the most popular, followed by 10-inch handles.
How can I make my travel tote even more unique?
We're happy to work with you to customize your bag! If you want to combine different colors, leave off the snap closure, or something else, just send us a message.
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 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.