New Utility Tote - the story behind the bag

Now available, my new Utility Tote Bag is a handcrafted item made right here in my studio.

Growing up, my mom was often sewing--whether fixing something old or making something new, she kept busy. I wanted to pay tribute to my mother's craft by creating my own project. What came to mind was a better grocery tote, not a wimpy-floppy thing; something stand-up sturdy and hardworking, as well as neat and interesting. 

I chose materials I admire, like work-wear sturdy canvas, and hardware details that are beautiful, like copper rivets. And finally I would embellish the bag with a screen print. After many trials, this is what I settled on. Roughly the size of a normal grocery bag, just a little bigger, and, of course, with a strong handle that's a wide 2-inches, making it easy on the shoulder, because this tote slides and cinches to become a shoulder bag. 

I've been field testing them for several months. Lots of grocery and farmers market trips where I really overloaded it. Several camping trips where it served as food bag, and later as tool bag. It has personally become my new favorite thing.