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 
  • 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

The Vegetable Tanned tote has been a long time coming! A leather tote bag made of natural, un-dyed leather has always topped the KMM & Co. wishlist. After years of searching, we finally found the perfect leather to make it happen! This 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. Your Vegetable Tanned tote will show marks and signs of wear from day one. (So it's not the bag for you if prefer leather that doesn't age or show wear!) 

Range marks, wrinkles, and grain irregularities are a natural part of this beautiful, Italian-made Vachetta leather. Due to the unique nature of each hide, your bag may be a slightly different color than the one pictured.

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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Jennifer F.
United States United States

Love this bag!

I stared at this bag for months before finally purchasing. It exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect to love it at first, but was excited about having a bag that would change and develop with use. I’m surprised by how much I like it right out of the box. The light color is perfect for spring, and I can’t wait to see the process. Quality is exceptional as always.

France France

Beautiful tote

I love my tote. The leather is so soft that I keep touching it for it reminds me of baby skin. The smell is amazing and natural. A bit different from chrome-tanned leather. For the moment I am cautious not to take it when it rains but eventually I’ll probably won’t mind and the stains will turn this bag my own. It is a great work bag - large enough for all my stuff. Thank you Kmm&Co! Juliette.

Nicole B.
United States United States

Love it!

Very happy with it. Very well made and comfortable. I’ve been carrying it exclusively for three weeks and it’s exciting to see the leather change as it ages.

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Jessica E.
United States United States

Gorgeous Veg Tan!

I’ve had my tote for 7 months and i love it! It’s developing a beautiful patina. I’m a leather bag lover and this veg tan is my favorite. I carry it with a lot in it (mama of 4) or with only the essentials. The simplicity is beautiful.

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Stephanie L.
United States United States

Love love love

At first I was a bit leery about the stiffness and light color. But I knew that I had the ability to make this bag totally me. I can’t wait for this bag to grow with me and to become my favorite bag forever! Everything about it is perfect and the fact it is handmade in the US just makes it even more special.

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