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Vegetable Tanned Tote

5 reviews

$300.00

 

 

  • Made in America (in our Atlanta studio!)
  • 13 inches tall, 14 inches wide, and 6 inches deep
  • Fixed handles with a 7-inch drop length (or upgrade to 8, 9, or 10 inches)
  • 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 made of natural, un-dyed leather has always been at the top of the KMM & Co. wishlist. After years of searching, we finally found the perfect leather to make it happen!

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. 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 -- and just as many to break it in and make it yours. Made with vintage techniques for a modern world, your KMM & Co. leather tote bag will show where it’s been with wear and patina -- and every time you scratch it or fold it or get caught in the rain with it, you make it more unique.

Creating a tote bag involves tools such as needle and thread, blades and flame, even stamps and presses. Each tote bag gets its start on the cutting table, where we inspect every cowhide and choose the right piece of leather for your tote. We cut each tote out of a single piece of leather. There’s nowhere to hide imperfections, so we cut carefully.

Next, we make the handles out of 10-ounce belting leather, which will break in and soften with use. We sew the side seams of the bag on an industrial machine. Finally, we hand-set the tote’s handle, pocket, and interior strap with 16 copper rivets.

Every 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 bag for you. But if you want a tote that looks and feels like real leather, and will acquire a patina unique to you and the way you use it, this may be the one.

KMM & Co.'s leather tote bags are made by hand and made to order, and they take up to three weeks to ship. (Check out our shipping page for more information on typical processing times!) All orders over $50 ship free within the continental 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. However, we can't accept returns of items that are customized for you, such as tote bags ordered with a snap closure or crossbody strap. But totes ordered with longer-than-standard handles but no other modifications are now eligible for return or exchange!

Check out our returns policy for more details, or email us at hello@kmmco.com if you have questions!

We want your tote to be perfect for you, so we offer a variety of ways to customize your bag. We can emboss the leather tag that's included with your tote with up to 27 characters, including letters, numbers, and even a few emojis. (Just type what you'd like in the monogram field when you add a tote to your cart!) Other options include:

  • Longer handles, which we'll custom-cut just for you
  • A detachable crossbody strap, which features brass hardware and is adjustable between the lengths of 44 inches and 51 inches
  • A brass snap closure (exactly like the the brass snap closure on our mini totes)
  • The addition of a gift set, which includes a matching card envelope, key clip, and cord taco made from the same leather as your tote
  • A leather tassel that matches the color of your tote

Or, you can keep things simple and order your tote exactly as-is. It's up to you! Please note that a snap closure or a crossbody strap are a custom order and make your tote final-sale and ineligible for return or exchange. (Totes ordered with longer-than-standard handles but no other modifications are now 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, as per our alterations policy. Reach out to hello@kmmco.com if you have any questions!

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10/02/2020

Pure luxury

I received The vegetable tan tote with 10 Inch drop as a birthday gift. It is absolutely stunning. The leather is soft as butter and the color is so perfectly matched for any season! Thank you KMM& Co for another beautiful piece of functional, stunning artwork ❤️

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Amy R.
United States United States
10/02/2020

Natural and perfect!

I have been on the hunt for a vachetta leather bag and actually had puchased one from another online retailer. That bag had smudge marks and fingerprints, so back it went. Lo and behold, I opened my email one day to see this beautiful tote pictured - no hesitation, I ordered it. The care with which it was packed and shipped was clearly evident - fully enveloped in paper and not a smudge to be seen. Thank you so much KMM team for providing such beautiful products. Your love and craftsmanship shines through every item! Now how about adding a zipper pouch and large envelope clutch to the lineup? ;)

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Melinda
United States United States
10/01/2020

Perfection!!

So, this was my first purchase from KMM & CO. I had been looking for an un-dyed vegetable tanned tote bag for quite some time, because I have always loved the idea of watching a bag change and patina over time. When I found this tote, I couldn’t wait to order it! My only worry was that it might be bigger than I needed. But, I decided to give it a try, regardless. A few weeks after I ordered it, we had to evacuate from a terrible fire in our area. The fire has been devastating to our small community. I contacted KMM & CO, to ask them to send my bag to a family member’s address, as we were not able to be at home to receive it. Their response was kind and helpful. I just received my bag, and I love it so much! The size doesn’t feel too big when you carry it, yet is very spacious. It holds its shape nicely, regardless of how much or little you have in it. It’s also not too heavy, which was a big deal for me. I ordered the normal 7” strap drop, and it is perfect!! I have found many totes to have straps that were just too long, and they would always fall off my shoulders. This tote fits perfectly under my arm, and stays put! The tote smells amazing, and I love the simplicity of it. Quality is top notch. You can see all the natural marks and characteristics of the hide, which I love. The interior pocket is nice and deep, and fits my cell phone with room to spare. I was also surprised to see KMM &CO had included some beautiful extra gifts as well, including a tassel which is the perfect accessory to the tote! This bag has been a light, in a very challenging time. I will use it forever, and can’t wait to see it age throughout time. Worth the wait, and the money, 100%.

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Amanda
United States United States
09/21/2020

Beyond beautiful

This is my fourth tote from KMM and although my Kodiak tan tote is still my fav this one falls to very close second. It looks, smells and feels beautiful! Love it!!!!! Thanks again, KMM

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Dina
United States United States
09/19/2020

Love - Expectations Exceeded!!

I have been searching years for a natural vegetable tanned bag. I have also carried a lot of designer and contemporary labels. This is IT. The leather is so thick and beautiful. The straps are sturdy yet soft. The craftsmanship is on point. I have been carrying this bag for a few days now and it is so comfortable- not heavy at all. I am so excited to see how the leather ages and develops a patina. Warning - this bag will show marks and scratches which I love (each bag is unique) but I get that might not be for everyone. It did take about three weeks to get my bag but the wait was totally worth it. The quality is top of the line and it’s handmade in the USA!

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Sharon
United States United States