Sometimes, you really need to grab a ticket, a magazine, a wallet, without your bag fighting you. That's exactly why totes were made. Two straps. Open top with simple snap closure. No buckles, buttons, zippers. Get in there, girl. Get in there, and get on your way. This tote is a world apart from the regular canvas standard. First off, every inch of it is handcrafted: from the cutting and sewing of the canvas, to the tanning of the leather, to the hand painted straps. A husband and wife team, tucked in a workshop in the hills of the Saitama region of Japan, oversee every step of the process. Previously, the pair crafted equestrian products for the racehorse industry - an industry where sturdiness and finish are essential to an acceptable product. Inside the SFI workshop with views of the Saitama hills A husband and wife team, tucked in a workshop in the hills of the Saitama region of Japan, oversee every step of the process of creating these unique bags. Previously, the pair crafted equestrian products for the racehorse industry—an industry where sturdiness and finish are essential to an acceptable product. The sturdy canvas, reinforced with soft, supple vegetable tanned cow hide leather, gives the bag a retained shape, making it easy to fill with books and set down conveniently at your side without it toppling over. The straps, which have been hand painted along the sides, are attached to the interior slash and patch pockets with solid brass rivets.
The tote bag came about in part because it didn't require much care. You shouldn't, either, need to spend much of your time thinking about it. Just use common sense. Like all waxed canvas, the natural development of kinks, scars and marks will develop and become part of the character and patina of the bag. The leather straps and bottom should maintain their beauty and luster for a lifetime. If you happen to set your bag down in a puddle, or the leather begins to collect dirt, simply wipe off with a damp cloth.
Southern Field Industries has been providing handcrafted, high quality small accessories since 2008. They specialize in rucksacks, totes, haversacks, and wallets.
All-purpose tote with waxed canvas outer. Supple homerun leather straps and full leather bottom. Large inside pockets suitable for an iPad, reading glasses and pens. 14" Length x 18.1" Width x 5.5" Depth. Handmade in Saitama, Japan. Ships free. This bag also comes in charcoal and khaki. (more info)
14 inches T x 18 inches W
(35.56 cm T x 45.72 cm W)
- Exterior: Japanese Waxed Canvas #11
- Interior: Japanese Waxed Canvas #6
- Pockets: Japanese Waxed Canvas #9
- Japanese Vegetable Tanned Oiled Cow Leather
- Black Hand Painted Edge
- Japanese Vegetable Tanned Cow Leather
- Hand Pressed SFI Logo
- Japanese Polished Brass Rivets
- Riveted with Handmade Leather Washer
- Leather Strap with Denim Button Closure
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