Tote / 00
Why This Product?
Batch #3 / Sand
The Tote / 00 is Cabal Crafted's response to addressing the wasted space, falling straps and deformed bottoms of the common tote bag. Tote / 00 starts from square zero, re-designs the tote and contributes to easier overall carrying and access, all while retaining its essential familiarity.
(Please input into notes field of checkout whether you wear your bags on the left or on the right shoulder. Cabal Crafted will tailor this piece to your specific user habits in the strap orientation.)
15″ x 13″ x 5″
No More Falling Straps
Two tote straps on the shoulder means that one inevitably slips off. Tote / 00 solves this by utilizing only a single strap. The straps are strategically placed so that when worn, the user’s arm naturally drapes in the place where a strap would traditionally be placed. When held by the strap, the downward weight of the contents causes the staggered straps to move toward each other,opening bag’s mouth naturally. This allows for an easy view within the bag.
Tailored To Your Habits
Tote / 00 pays attention to your natural bag orientation.
If someone else carries it on a shoulder opposite from you, they’ll notice visually and physically that the bag only fits like a glove when it’s on you. Tote / 00 is truly a personal tote bag.
Smarter Use of Space
When standard tote bag mouths close, there tends to be a tapering of the bag upward causing the bag to have a V shape. This yields unused space in the outward corners of the bag. The Tote / 00 is strategically shaped so that when the mouth closes, the bag appears balanced, and flush. This maximizes the usable space of the bag. No space is wasted.
No More Deformed Bottoms
Square bottoms on tote bags end up deforming from the downward weight of the bag’s contents. By rounding the bags bottom, this allows the Tote / 00’s shape to match the downward direction of the internal contents.
No More Digging For Keys
A discretely placed utility ring holds your keys or sunglasses in an easily reachable area. Access them with out removing the bag.
Cabal Crafted is interested in moving toward a culture where the skill of human hands is not made obsolete, which is why Cabal Crafted insists on designing specifically with manual processes in mind. This helps to increase design value, without decreasing the value and centrality of being connected to other humans, and their work.
The waxed canvas body and leather straps are cut by hand, and sewn with vintage Japanese industrial machines. Natural vegetable tanned leather straps are hand-coated with natural beeswax for water resistance, and leather edges are hand dyed and finished.
Materials / Care
Cabal Crafted uses materials that value change and maturity. The hope is that your relationship to the object changes into a relationship with a faithful life companion.
The leathers used by Cabal Crafted are all tanned with vegetable matter. Because of this - the leather will age with exposure to oils, sunlight, the elements and according to the user's own habits. Cabal Crafted recommends Skidmore's leather cream to clean, condition and protect the leather. Your unique cut of leather and its grain will wear from sunlight, oils and elements. This turns the piece from "an" object, into "your" object.
The 100% cotton canvas Cabal Crafted uses is free of environmentally harmful formic acids, thermosets, or thermoplastics. Because the canvas fibers are drenched in the wax instead of having only a top coat, the canvas is easily cleanable with a clean horse-hair brush.
Design as a way of life
What we practice becomes our habit. If we practice accummulating meaningless 'stuff' and make a habit of discarding the things that surround us, then it's no surprise that we throw away other humans and relationships: it has become our habit as a culture. Cabal Crafted is interested in cultivating a diferent culture, one where what we value is not discarded but repaired.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the dialogue about how Cabal Crafted can repair the Cabal piece that's grown valuable to you. Please be ready to present your "Craft Contemplation Card" as proof of your purchase.