Today, more than ever we want to feel protected and secure. We want to feel in control. This extends consciously and subconsciously to the products we choose.
A tote with a zippered closure ensures safety. If it falls off a bench, your personal items do not become a "show and tell" activity for passerby's. When you slide a zippered tote under your airline seat you have confidence you did not just donate your sunglasses, or AirPods to the aircraft fairy.
Our No.130 Zippered Tote is the result of hundreds of feature requests from ARTIFACT customers. It is lined in durable nylon pack cloth so you can easily dump out beach sand, or wipe down a spill. It's YKK brass zipper w/ leather pull feels sturdy when you open and close the bag. We added a solid brass key clip so you always know where your keys are. We even wax dip and hand burnish the vegetable tanned leather straps to protect them from the elements. The bag has a double-ply bottom for stability and durability. It has roomy front pockets for water bottles, as well as internal pockets.
A common critique we hear about bags is size. Too big. Too small. We address this by offering our No.130 Tote in three sizes with full attention to ergonomics and proportion.
I had the pleasure of field testing and photographing these No.130 Totes on our family's last vacation together in February, before COVID-19 changed our lives. The bags performed wonderfully on our flight, during our outings, deep sea fishing, and on the beach
Since then, we've used the totes daily and find the different sizes are convenient for our differing uses. My wife is drawn to the medium size for daily carry because it can hold her handbag items, plus work essentials. I prefer the large size because I find myself schlepping a lot of materials back and forth to the ARTIFACT studio. Even when loaded down, the large tote's size feels balanced and comfortable over a shoulder. The small size is ideal for petite users who struggle to find a tote that doesn't envelope them. We've included images on the tote's product pages that illustrate scale between sizes here.
Let us know in the comment section:
- What features you are looking for in a tote bag?
- What colors you would like to see offered in our No.130 Tote
- What ARTIFACT product(s) would you like to see us make in the future?
Thanks for reading and stay safe!
Founder | ARTIFACT