Our Midwestern Tote is spacious, lightweight and the ideal every day carry. It is handcrafted with a top zipper for added security. Carry as a handbag or wear it hands-free with the adjustable crossbody strap.
- 12" tall, 12" wide, 4.5" deep
- 16" handles, 5" handle drop
- 48" adjustable crossbody strap
- Interior pocket
- Exterior zipper pocket
Handcrafted in our workshop in Chariton, Iowa – USA
Due to the resolution of your mobile and computer screens, actual color may vary. Our leather is premium full grain and may have occasional range markings.
A little bit about the hide:
Bison hides are not the same as cowhide. Bison technically have wool, not hair like cattle do. It is very thick yet remains very soft and fluffy. We feature winter hides which means the wool is long and full, creating a very beautiful and luxurious feel. The colors are consistently dark chocolate to a more high-lighted golden color with occasional rust or mustard undertones and in the darkest places, some black.
Curating these hides has been a labor of love at JH. We sought out a local Iowan who raises Bison and were very excited to be able to have the hides tanned right here in Iowa and were able to work with the herd manager as well as the tannery to create a softer tempered hide, meaning the suede side is more supple and not stiff like you would want in a rug. We have also begun sourcing through a small business in South Dakota, where we have been able to expand our collection of hide options. All of our Bison hides are ethically sourced.
It takes several months from the time a hide is sent to the tannery for us to receive it as a finished hide. Then begins the process of selecting the perfect spot for a one-of-a-kind JH hide bag.
It takes several people just to scout the perfect spot, to cut it, press and sew the bag together.
Our Bison hide bag collection is very exclusive and very limited. Therefore, we are only taking custom orders for these specialty items.
Our current Leather options to accompany your bison hide are as follows:
Black: The perfect, matte jet-black, with some pebbling, mid-range structure
Chestnut: A warm, red brown.
Chocolate: A smooth chocolate brown.
Our Strap Color options are Black, Dark Brown, or Cognac, and hardware options are Bronze or Silver finish. Please note your selections below.
*No changes, additions, or otherwise deviations from our bag design will be granted.
*Having any listing in your cart does not save the item, it is only secured upon checkout completion.
*We will answer questions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
*We will not make phone calls to discuss options, we communicate via email only regarding customs in order to reference the conversation.
Bison hide bags are non-refundable once paid. Your bag will go into production once the invoice is paid, and changes may not be made. By accepting the terms and conditions, you accept you have read and understand the above as well as our general terms and conditions page and agree.
Please see FAQ page for other questions.