It seems like I’ve spent much of my current adult life searching for the perfect tote. The Madewell Transport tote is a classic choice, but, when I decided to only purchase clothing and accessories that were ethically made, I had to continue my search. As a traveler, I knew that the tote that I chose as my companion would have to be sturdy, spacious, and able to be dressed up or dressed down depending on the situation. I carry a large glass water bottle with me everywhere I go so small handbags usually aren’t an option for me. This travel tote would have to be an everyday bag for sure.
That’s when I discovered live fashionABLE and their gorgeous Mamuye Tote. Now, I’ve written about my Mamuye Tote before when I shared what’s in my bag and it also made an appearance in my winter capsule wardrobe and my travel capsule wardrobe. (A new summer travel capsule wardrobe post will be coming soon!)
First and foremost, these totes are ethically handcrafted in Ethiopia by women who have overcome and are now earning a living wage after escaping from sexual slavery. The Mamuye Tote is named for one these heroic women. (Read about Mamuye’s story here.) Additionally, these totes are made from repurposed distressed leather so the more you use it, the better it looks! (I love it when leather has character to it.)
Before I got my tote last year as a Christmas gift (Thank you, mom!) it was hard for me to chose between the black tote and the cognac tote, but I ultimately chose the black. I love how classic it is and I knew that the black color would be easier to style in more dressy occasions. It’s beautifully made and strong and sturdy. I’ve loaded it up for travel or for work and never once has it felt like the handles were pulling or tearing. The Mamuye Tote is hand-crafted in Ethiopia from 100% genuine distressed leather and measures 14’’ H x 16’’ W x 6’’ D.
Travel Tote Adventure Essentials
When I’m heading out on my next adventure and am packing my travel tote, I always make sure to have a big scarf with me (they make excellent makeshift pillows on airplanes!) Rosewater is a must-have for refreshing my face, and I keep my notebook close-at-hand for jotting down ideas and observations. Once I have my favorite fedora, I’m ready to go!
Even my amazing folding Manduka Travel Yoga Mat fits inside my tote with plenty of room to spare.
To keep my Mamuye Tote in prime condition with all of the abuse I put it through, I use Frye Leather Conditioning Cream on it every month or two.
The Mamuye Tote comes in a variety of stunning colors. (Photos: fashionABLE)
From left to right and top to bottom; Black, Chocolate, Cognac, Merlot, Moss, and Pewter
If you are looking for a classic, ethically-made travel tote that helps empower women, then look no further. The Mamuye Tote is the bag for you and it’s the perfect travel tote to carry your adventure essentials in. And now you can have the chance to win one for yourself!
I am so excited to announce that I will be giving away one Mamuye Tote from live fashionABLE in the winner’s choice of color!
(GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Congratulations Carreen R! Your new tote will be perfect for future adventures!)
What are you waiting for? For your first entry, start by commenting on this post telling me which color (Black, Chocolate, Cognac, Merlot, Moss, or Pewter) you would choose if you won! Complete the other tasks in the Rafflecopter form for more entries!
The giveaway runs from Monday, June 6th – June 13th and is open to residents of the domestic USA. All entries will be verified before the winner is chosen and the winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter form and will be reached out to directly by Wednesday, June 15th. Good luck!