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The Drawstring Transport Tote
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The Drawstring Transport Tote
The Drawstring Transport Tote
Product Details
What goes into the new drawstring version of our signature tote? Here it is by the numbers: 2 pieces of fine leather are used for the body. 2 for 1: cinch it closed to transform it into a bucket bag. 1 interior side zip pocket to keep your keys, phone and wallet at the ready. 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 semi vegetable-tanned leather with a softly worn waxed finish that deepens into a distinctive patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Interior pocket.
  • 8 1/4" handle drop.
  • 13 3/4"H x 14"W x 6 1/4"D.
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The Drawstring Transport Tote

The Drawstring Transport Tote is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great and holds everything! I love the look of this bag! The saddle brown is a nice, rich color. The leather has more of a lightly pebbled texture rather than a sleek one, which wasn't what I expected based on online photos. But I think the textured leather will age and wear better. The large size holds my planner, my 13" laptop (with a protective case), and everything else I need. I adore this bag and it gets lots of compliments.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely tote Really pleased with my drawstring tote! Very big and roomy, nice quality leather. I love that the inside leather is finished and smooth too as often the leather is unfinished and gets all over the things in the bag. I can see myself using this bag every day. Perfect for travelling as a carryon as you can fit so much inside.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed with the Drawstring Feature I have been a long time lurker of the Transport Tote but could never commit to purchasing one because the top doesn't latch or close in some way. So when I saw that they had designed one with a Drawstring - I was awestruck. To say that I'm obsessed is an understatement tbh, I am wholly in love with this bag. Never have I had a carry-all style tote that I feel this secure with and that is a cohesive part of my wardrobe.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big and beautiful! Fabulous in every way. Bigger than expected, gorgeous thick leather. Inside pocket is much too small - that's my only complaint, it's a great everyday bag and it holds a TON!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Drawstring Tote After months on backordered I finally received this drawstring tote today! I love everything about it, the size, the color, the price, the style and the drawstrings! The leather is not as shiny as in the pictures but I don't mind that. The bag seems sturdy enough and stands up when put down, but also soft and flexible... I just hope that it will last me for a long time and that it will hold up nicely to the daily wear. It looks great on even though plain and simple, sometimes less is more. The only con I find is that the straps are a bit on the shorter side, I could use an extra inch or two there (not a deal breaker for me though). I love this bag and I would buy it again.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bag. Beautiful, well made purse. Fits all my essentials and carries well. Sits well against the body. Only issue is color transfer. I conditioned the leather before use, and made sure to use a soft cloth to buff. Still a slight transfer, hoping it deminishes with use.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect travel bag The leather is darker in person than in the picture, but I actually like the color better than in the picture. Leather is very good quality (and smells amazing!) even though scratches to the leather are more obvious. But that's expected since it's a smooth leather rather than saffiano leather. It is large, so I wouldn't recommend it for every day (medium transport would be perfect for that). Overall a beautiful travel bag, very happy with it!
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Absolutely love the bag: Style, quality of leather, craftsmanship, space, the added security due to the drawstring. I got the english saddle and the color is stunning! Before use, I treated the bag with Saddle Soap to help protect the leather. I can tell that it helps a lot against scratches (but keep in mind that it slows down the patina process). I had no issue with color transfer - not onto the bag and not onto my clothes. I also really love the fact that the bag is unlined. Would buy again!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tote This is my 5th transport and I'll say I keep reaching for this one more and more--not just because it's new but it's insanely practical. It fits everything from notebooks to laptops etc. best part is the drawstring. It works like a charm. I've had zero issues with color transfer and like all cognac /tan transports they go through natural wear in the color. But to me that just makes it look even better and not like the low quality stuff.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great if you need a big bag! I bought the Drawstring Transport Tote in black (monogrammed) for my daughter for Christmas even though it was on backorder. She loves it! It was worth the wait. It even shipped earlier than the back-in-stock date on the website. She wanted a larger bag. She's happy so I am happy too :)
Date published: 2018-02-12
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