Tortoiseshell 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

Tortoiseshell leather is:

  • Smooth-grained with a sheen
  • Moderately structured but soft to the touch
  • Dimensional, with high-contrast pull-up 
    • Made in America (in our Atlanta studio!)
    • Interior pocket
    • Interior strap for your keys or sunglasses
    • 100% full-grain leather, unlined
    • Includes a leather tag that can be monogrammed

    This year's Black Friday totes are instant classics: Colors that go with everything and make perfect gifts (for someone on your list, or for you)! Tortoiseshell is a semi-structured leather that feels soft to the touch – the best of both worlds. It has a unique grain that grows more pebbled in areas of wear and stress, along with beautiful pull-up. 

    Tortoiseshell leather often exhibits imperfections like range marks, scratches, and spots. Due to the unique nature of each piece of leather, your bag may be a slightly different color than the one pictured. Your tote will show wear and acquire a patina unique to you and the way that you carry your bag.

    It takes a lot of steps to make a leather tote by hand. Each tote gets its start on the cutting table, where we inspect every side of leather and choose the perfect piece – with lots of natural character – for your tote. There's nowhere to hide imperfections, so we cut carefully.

    Next, we cut the tote's handles out of belting-weight leather, which will break in with use. We sew the side seams of the bag 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. 

    Your leather tote bag is made by hand and made to order, and can take up to three weeks to ship. It's worth the wait, we promise! (See our shipping page for more details.) Everything is made in and ships from our studio in Atlanta. All orders over $50 ship free within the United States. We can ship to other locations, including APO and FPO addresses, too.

    If you aren't happy with your order, you can return it for free within 30 days of receipt. We can't accept returns of items that are customized for you (but totes ordered with longer-than-standard handles but no other modifications are now eligible for return or exchange!) See our full return policy

    We want your tote to be perfect for you, so we offer a variety of ways to customize it! We can emboss the leather tag with up to 27 characters: letters, numbers, or a few emojis. (Just type what you'd like in the monogram field in your cart!)

    Other custom options include:

    • Longer handles, which we'll custom-cut just for you
    • 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)

    Please note that a snap closure or a crossbody strap are a custom order and make your tote final-sale. Totes ordered with longer-than-standard handles but no other modifications are eligible for return or exchange.

    If you add a crossbody strap or snap closure, choose your drop length carefully, as we are unable to make alterations to final-sale items. (See our alterations policy.) Reach out to if you have any questions!

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    Katherine H.
    United States United States

    Excellent Customer Service and Beautiful Tote!!!

    I was a little hesitant to deviate from my typical black aesthetic, but I’m glad I did for this tote. It matches everything and is super spacious for a planner, book, water bottle, and other goods. This bag was worth the shipping wait, and the customer service was speedy, respectful, and patient.

    Kimberly D.
    United States United States

    Tortoiseshell Tote

    A stunning purchase. I ordered mine with dark brown handles, and couldn’t be happier.

    KMM & Co. Tortoiseshell Tote Review