This Just In


Looks We Love

Labels We Love

The Madewell Essentials

Mother's Day Gifts

Monogram It

Denim Report


Our clothes, your pics

Denim Donation


step it up: up to 30% off select shoes











intimates & pajamas



extended sizes

shoes, bags &







The Scenes

Our Blog

Denim Report





About Madewell

The Transport Tote
full size
The Transport Tote
Product Details
What goes into our signature tote? Here it is by the numbers: 2 pieces of fine leather are used for the body. 8 inch strap drop: long enough to sling over your shoulder, but short enough to hold as a top handle. 1 interior side zip pocket to keep your keys, phone and wallet at the ready. 24: the number of hours in a day that this bag looks cool. How often you'll reach for it? 500 gazillion times.  
  • Made of vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes with wear into a beautiful patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Interior zip pocket.
  • Unlined.
  • 8 1/4" handle drop.
  • 14"H x 14"W x 6"D.
  • Import.
Free shipping and free returns exclusively for Madewell Insiders
(hi there, risk-free try-ons). *For complete details, see our Shipping Policy and Return Policy.

The Transport Tote

The Transport Tote is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 119.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from holds more than expected Purchased as a Christmas gift for our daughter in NYC. She has wanted the black Transport Tote for years and is thrilled to finally have it. It has softened but keeping the structure it needs to stand. To quote our daughter, "I feel so put together"!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bag Ordered this bag for myself for Christmas. The quality of the leather is excellent and the bag itself has a ton of space inside. Love it so much I'm thinking about ordering it in another color!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful work bag Love this bag. Well made and very soft. Works well to toss my work information in. Love that the straps are thicker so it doesn't hurt to carry.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my transport tote! I have been carrying the same transport tote for over a year now and I am obsessed with how the leather has worn! I carry a heavy laptop and giant makeup bag and the straps are still as strong as the day I purchased it. I honestly think I will carry this bag for the next ten years. I highly recommend purchasing!
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totes A Good Buy Purchased the Transport Tote in black last Memorial Day weekend and have used the bag nearly every day since. The leather is supple and sturdy a year later (I have treated it with Dr. Marten's Wonder Balsam occasionally). The clean lines of the tote are appropriate for work, but simple enough for a casual weekend. Looking forward to many more years with this quality bag.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bag I LOVE this bag! It fits my laptop, agenda, and other materials for work and school with room to spare. I will definitely be purchasing more of these in other colors.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Everyday Bag I can’t say enough good things about this bag. I needed a big leather tote to carry for work, as I often have a laptop with me. This bag is the perfect size and includes a deep inside pocket for smaller items like keys. I had mine monogrammed with the blind embossed option and it looks super chic. This bag is not lined – not a negative, but important to note. Highly recommend this bag if you’re looking for a good quality non branded leather tote.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dream tote! I'm a longtime lover of great tote bags, and beautiful leather bags, but almost never at the same time...until now! I hemmed and hawwed over this purchase, reading blog reviews, looking at instagram pictures (#totewell), and finally decided to take the leap! I am extremely happy that I did. The online presence of this bag doesn't even come close to indicating what an effortless workhorse this bag is. I went for black as every woman in my office has a brown tote and I had just returned from a trip in which every fashion-forward woman I saw was dressed in cool tones with black accessories (not a lick of brown in sight in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, or Paris!) The leather is sumptuous and beautiful, with the perfect mix of drapey-ness and structure. It seamlessly incorporates itself into your life from day one: easily holding whatever you may need to carry with you, comfortably and with style. Highly, highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cabernet and Black I have two of these totes: the black (with tan handles) and the cabernet. These totes are very nice, strong, spacious, not too floppy, and probably a good value. The black is dyed well through and through so that if you scratch the corners (which I have) it will not show up too much and it will still look good. However, the cabernet is apparently not dyed the same way. Cabernet is a beautiful color, but scratches on the corners show with a much lighter color than the rest of the outside of the bag. In my opinion this makes the cabernet bag a lower value than the black. It will take less time for the cabernet to become too scuffed up for professional use. It is a shame because I prefer the cabernet and was thinking of ordering a different bag in the same color for a matching set.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected Better Quality I've been eyeing this bag for months and finally got it when it was on sale. I was expecting a smooth shiny leather. When I got it, it looks like cheap pebbled leather. It looks like a faux leather bag. I'm hoping after a couple of wears the leather will look better.
Date published: 2017-01-06
  • y_2017, m_4, d_24, h_4
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_1.0.0-hotfix-1
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_119
  • loc_en_US, sid_B2427, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HELPFULNESS, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=RATING, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_madewell