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Scratch-and-Dent Vegetable Tanned Tote

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  • Height: 13 inches
  • Width: 14 inches
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Handle Drop Length: Standard 7-inch drop length (our most popular!) or custom 9, 10, or 11 inches

Vegetable Tanned leather is:

  • Smooth-grained and un-dyed
  • Structured and substantial
  • Uniform in color, and ready to develop a deep patina 

Vegetable Tan totes come standard with vegetable tan handles, or you can choose a custom color with the KMM & Co. Secret Menu.

  • Made in America (in our Atlanta studio!)
  • Interior pocket
  • Interior strap for your keys or sunglasses
  • 100% full-grain leather, unlined

    The iconic KMM & Co. tote just got a little more affordable! This one-of-a-kind Vegetable Tanned tote -- a leather tote made of natural, un-dyed leather -- is the newest bag in our one-of-a-kind collection. Scratch-and-dent totes Vegetable Tanned totes have scratches, scars, range marks, wrinkles, grain irregularities, variations in color, insect bites, and other imperfections from the life of the cow or the tanning process. These can be quite prominent due to the light color that this leather begins with.

    This beautiful Italian leather is a Vachetta: a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather made with no dyes, no harsh chemicals, no added waxes, just natural vegetable oils. The Vegetable Tanned tote is structured enough to stand up on its own, even when empty. One of the most beloved characteristics of un-dyed vegetable tanned leather is the way it ages. With wear and use, a Vachetta tote darkens and acquires a patina unique to the way you carry your bag.

    We have a number of Vegetable Tanned seconds in stock, so your tote may have different markings than the one pictured. Seconds didn't quite make the cut as full-priced totes, but their imperfections are just cosmetic. In other words, they'll last just as many years as our full-priced totes! Due to the unique nature of each hide, your bag may be a slightly different color than the one pictured. Please note that all one-of-a-kind totes are final sale, and ineligible for return, exchange, or alterations.

    While we don't stamp names or initials on our leather totes, we do make a range of leather tags that can be embossed with your name, initials, motto, or favorite short quote.

    It takes a lot of steps to make a leather tote by hand, whether that tote is a first-quality tote or a scratch-and-dent bag. When we receive a shipment of leather, we inspect each side and designate it a first or second. When you order a scratch-and-dent bag, we pull a few seconds sides and choose the perfect one for your bag.

    Next, we cut the handles and crossbody strap out of belting-weight leather, which will break in beautifully (and stand up to years and years of use). Like the body of the bag, the handles may have cosmetic imperfections. 

    Next, we sew the side seams of the tote on an industrial machine, backstitching carefully for extra reinforcement. (We always avoid a seam along the bottom of the tote for structural integrity.) Then, we add the interior pocket, handles, and interior strap with copper rivets, hand-set to withstand decades of use. 

    Your KMM & Co. leather tote bag will become what you make it. If you want a bag that will look exactly the same after a year of heavy use, then this isn't the tote for you. But if you want a tote that looks and feels (and is!) heirloom-quality, and will acquire a patina unique to you, this may be the one.

    KMM & Co.'s leather tote bags are made by hand and made to order, and they can take up to three weeks to ship. Need yours faster? Email and we'll see what we can do!

    All orders over $50 ship free within the continental United States. We can ship to other locations, too! Just let us know what you have in mind!

    One-of-a-kind totes are final sale and ineligible for returns or exchanges, so please make your selection carefully! We are able to offer scratch-and-dent totes at a discount because they are final sale and ineligible for return or exchange. (Please be sure that you want a scratch-and-dent tote with visible imperfections when you place your order!) Check out our return policy for more details, or email us at if you have questions!

    We want your tote to be perfect for you, so we offer a variety of ways to customize it! Custom options include:

    • Longer handles, which we'll custom-cut just for you
    • Handles in a custom color, which you can select via the Secret Menu
    • A detachable crossbody strap, which has brass hardware and adjusts between 44 inches and 51 inches
    • A brass snap closure (the same brass snap closure on the mini totes)

      Or, you can keep things simple and order your tote exactly as-is. It's up to you! Please note that scratch-and-dent totes are final-sale and ineligible for return or exchange. Select your drop length carefully, as we are unable to make alterations to final-sale items, as per our alterations policy. Reach out to if you have any questions!

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      Cynthia S.
      United States United States

      Love this purse!

      This is a beautiful purse and I am very glad I ordered it. The leather is perfect. Thank you KMM & Co.!

      Stephanie A.
      United States United States

      Vegetable Tan

      I have had this bag about a month and am loving as it slowly darkens and changes. The S and D is great, lots of character!

      Angie C.
      United States United States

      Unique and Beautiful

      I am in love with my Veg Tan! It is so interesting to watch how the bag changes, and is developing a unique patina. Great quality leather as you’d expect from KMM. The obsession with these bags continues!

      KMM & Co. Scratch-and-Dent Vegetable Tanned Tote Review
      Cynthia D.
      United States United States

      Love ❤️ my tote!

      This is my third tote from KMM; my second favorite of this size. I like the structure of the bag. It is so pretty and functional.

      Catherine C.
      United States United States

      Gorgeous and Timeless

      I adore this tote! Just like my other KMM&Co totes, it’s incredibly well made, and this veg tan leather is so stunning. I’ve used this exclusively over the last 30 weeks or so, and it’s developing such a gorgeous patina. This is definitely an heirloom piece and I look forward to watching it patina for years to come. Thanks KMM& Co

      KMM & Co. Scratch-and-Dent Vegetable Tanned Tote Review