Totes & Bags Are Our Specialty
The Parker Clay story starts with a stunning leather tote bag, our very first creation. After years of perfecting our design and construction methods, we’ve created a collection of handmade leather tote bags that effortlessly combines practicality with style, designed to be both versatile and durable enough to carry day in and day out. These bags are designed for everyday carry, with clever features, European hardware, and carefully-crafted touches that prove just how much thought went into every aspect – from pocket dimensions to strap length, we thought of everything.
Perfect for the busy mom with never enough hands, professionals and students with more on their mind than "where did I put my keys?", or our fashion-forward friends looking for a minimal, understated, yet timelessly elegant piece to add to their collection.
The Classic Tote
Everyone woman should have a tote bag in her collection of handbags. They are a timeless purchase that never goes out of style. They are prized for their versatility and coveted for their fashion-forward good looks.
A tote bag is a mid- to large-sized bag with two parallel handles, with a wide opening that is usually unfastened. Larger than most handbags, totes are designed for versatility and practicality. One great thing about a tote is that can be casual or more formal, easy to dress up or dress down, depending upon the occasion.
Whether you organize all your accessories in compartments or you're a dump-and-go gal, tote bags can be used for just about anything: shopping, travel, business, going to the gym, you name it. They fit just about anything: a book, laptop, gym clothes, groceries. Because they are stylish, they are a fashion accessory. Because they are versatile, they can go just about anywhere.
Tote Bag Dimensions
Tote bags range in size from small to large. A small tote, such as a leather tote purse, averages 12” wide, 13” hide and 4” wide, while a medium is typically 16” x 15” x 5”. A large tote bag, perhaps the most popular because it is so huge, can be as large as 22” x 15” x 8”.
Our Collection of Genuine Leather Tote Bags
A leather tote bag is a timeless purchase. It may cost more than a canvas tote bag, but consider it an investment, one that will yield a handsome return over the years. Genuine leather is not only durable – it develops a patina over time, becoming more personalized, unique and beautiful with use.
The Eleni Day Tote
This small-sized brown leather tote is our most sophisticated. It boasts a slim, stunning silhouette to complement any look. With its sleek, minimal profile, intricate hand-stitched details and convenient features such as interior key ring, 13” laptop sleeve and brass feet, this is your go-to tote for a day at the office or a night on the town. Its full-grain leather ensures that this tote will last a lifetime and develop a unique patina with everyday use.
The Merkato Signature Tote
One of our favorites, this everyday tote bag pairs versatility with superb quality and good looks. It features gorgeous full-grain leather, a premium natural brass interior zipper pocket, an interior D-ring for keys, and even fits a 15” laptop. Without a doubt, this will be your forever handbag.
The Merkato Signature Zip Tote
This smaller leather tote bag pairs versatility with superb quality and craftsmanship. Perfect for everyday use, this tote goes where you go. It features a lined interior, two slip pockets and fits a 15” laptop.
The Caroline Tote
This brown leather tote bag is the perfect everyday bag for the woman who does it all, and does it in style. Our sleekest tote yet, the Caroline is thin-strapped and lightweight, yet spacious and strong enough to carry a laptop.
Entoto Zip Tote
Style and security are combined in the mid-sized luxury leather tote bag. With a spacious interior and thoughtfully placed pockets that keep your important items easy to find, the Entoto is ideal for work or play. Premium exterior zippers keep your things safe and in place no matter where your travels take you.
Authentic, Full-Grain Leather
Our leather tote bags are meticulously crafted from the world’s finest full-grain leather. We honor the time-tested traditions of Ethiopian leatherworking by using exclusively premium suede and full-grain leather, sourced from sustainable ranches local to our Addis Ababa factory. The leather is natural and supple, and has that wonderful “leather” smell. It’s tough and durable as nature intended, and will develop a beautiful patina over time.
Combine the natural qualities of full-grain leather with world-class hardware, traditional methods of craftsmanship, and our detail-obsessed artisans – it's a bag built for life, whatever comes your way.