Vegetable Tanned Tote

6 reviews


Height: 13 inches

Width: 14 inches

Depth: 6 inches

Handle Drop Length: Standard 7-inch drop length (our most popular length!) or custom 8, 9, or 10 inches

  • 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)
  • A matching gift set: a card envelope, key clip, and cord taco 
  • A leather tassel that matches the color of your tote

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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Teresa F.
United States United States
The perfect tote

This bag is the perfect size and very comfortable to carry. The straps stay up on the shoulder well and it’s all around fantastic quality. I highly recommend this tote especially in the vegetable tanned leather.

Amy R.
United States United States
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 ❤️

United States United States
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? ;)

United States United States

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%.

United States United States
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