Travel Tote Essentials

Travel Mamuye Tote Adventure Essentials

Travel Mamuye Tote Adventure Essentials

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.)

Mamuye Tote

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.

In My Mamuye Travel Tote

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!

Travel Yoga Mat Mamuye Tote

Even my amazing folding Manduka Travel Yoga Mat fits inside my tote with plenty of room to spare.

Mamuye Tote Frye Conditiong Cream

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!

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  • Yay!!! Love these totes, and have had my eye on their passport holder for forever. I’ve always loved the cognac, but wow that moss is just really catching my eye now! Is that color new?

    • Ps. Your link to your blog Pinterest page isn’t working.. Do you want people to just follow you?

      • checked the link and fixed it – thanks for the heads up, Linda! 🙂 and yes, a Pinterest follow is an entry.

    • And yes! The moss, merlot, and pewter are all new. aren’t they stunning?

  • Caroline Lawrence

    I’m planning on buying the wallet as soon as it comes back in stock. I love Live FashionABLE! I would probably pick the cognac color since I already have the Madewell transport tote in black.

    • the cognac is classic! and isn’t Live FashionABLE amazing? Love their wallets too!

  • Naomi

    I absolutely love Live Fashionable! I have to say that I literally had to think for a while about which one I’d want. Haha! I think I may go with black as I really love it in your pictures.

    • Hi Naomi! I know – live fashionABLE is the best. They have so many amazing colors, but the black has been a winner for me!

  • Kaleigh Stroink

    Is this for international/Canadians, as well? I’d love the red or green one!

    • It’s only open to US residents – sorry Kaleigh! 🙁

      • Kaleigh Stroink

        No worries! I did enter…hope that doesn’t mess up things for you. 😛

  • carreen raynor

    Well, ain’t that exciting! I’ve had my eye on both the tote and the leather envelope clutch from this company for a while, now. I love the brown tote the best, but I already have a little brown purse and am in need of a black bag and black shoes for work, so I’d probably go with a black tote. =]

    • Well, hello, friend! Would this be a black bag needed for teaching? Or a different newer job? Missing you! (hug)

      • carreen raynor

        yes and yes. =] miss you, too!

  • Katherine McFarland

    Such a difficult decision! How to chose… *Sigh* I love them all, but I adore the Merlot if I had to pick.

    • The Merlot is one of my favorites! It’s so pretty.

      • Katherine McFarland

        Oh but the Cognac and black… And pewter too… Oh dear too much goodness!
        Ohh just read a comment about this being a US only giveaway :(. Oh well I’ll just have to start putting my pennies away.

  • Luciana Mejia

    Super cool bags! Perfect for work and for every day usage. I love all the color options but if I had to choose one color I would pick the cognac because its more suited towards my minimalist style.

    • These totes are ideal for minimalist style. Aren’t they amazing?

  • Robin G.

    They’re all so pretty!! 🙂 I’d have to go with the cognac!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

    • Hi Robin! Yes! They are all so stunning!

  • Kate

    Well, if I HAVE to pick, I’d go with the pewter. Love this bag. Its timeless!

    • Timeless is the perfect word! 🙂

  • Elisabeth

    It’s a hard choice, but the pewter is probably my favorite!

  • It IS a hard choice! I love them all except for green…I’d probably go with the dark brown 🙂

  • I love them all! But I have to say, I’m lacking cognac leather in my wardrobe. I would choose cognac. 🙂

  • I love the pewter one! Cute bags!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    OH my gosh obsessed. Can I have one in like every color please?!

  • Champ Ray

    Ohhhhh looks so soft! I love the cognac color. I can smell the leather now….haha.

  • K franzen

    I have been saving for the cognac bag it is soo beautiful!

  • I love earthy colors, so I’d opt for the moss tote. Thanks for the giveaway! These totes are gorgeous. – HilLesha

  • Taylor Smith

    If I won, I would want the cognac color!!! So beautiful oh my gosh!! I’m totally in love.

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    So gorgeous! I love both the cognac and the moss! It would be really hard to decide. =)

  • Those totes are SO cute!!!! I think I’d go for the moss one!

  • These is gorgeous and totally out of my price range haha, so winning would be great 😉 I love the chocolate brown, I feel like it has that “classic traveler” look.

  • I love all of these colors, but I think I’d have to go with Pewter!

    – Hannah,

  • What a beautiful tote! I just bought a brown one from Nisolo that I am loving but if I had another one I’d go with classic black. Have you heard of Nisolo? They are an ethically sourced shoe company in Nashville but they also sell a few accessories.

  • I looooove the cognac! For the longest time I’ve thought that Madewell was ethically sourced, but I’ll definitely do my research again on the brand! Also – rosewater is the best! I always carry a travel-sized spray bottle in my bag as a refresher for my face. Thanks for sharing this!

  • I love the tote, it must be great and big enough for travel.

  • m. blair

    what a lovely bag! i completely adore the minimalistic yet visually stunning construction. i’d love the moss since it would be versatile yet fun. =)

  • Samantha

    I would love the Pewter tote! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

  • Barbara_Mae

    I would choose the Cognac tote because I love the way lighter colors of leather show age.

  • I love the chocolate colored one!

  • I love the chocolate one!

  • manda

    I would like pewter

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  • LiviaRachelle

    I think I would pick pewter, but I like Merlot too. BTW. I have sifted through many ethical/fair trade clothing and accessory sites, but I have not found any that make women’s leather belts. Do you know of any. I really appreciate your posts on these brands; I am new to this.

  • I love the pewter color but I always tend to go toward the cognac color as well!

  • Cynthia Carlson

    I would LOVE a moss tote!!! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

  • Deborah Gardner

    I love the pewter color, its so versatile. And its so large!

  • Tough choice! I love the moss, chocolate and the cognac… but I think it is the cognac! 🙂

  • I love the moss, chocolate and the cognac… but I think it is the cognac! 🙂 Tough choice!

  • Melissa Mital

    I love the cognac! Reminds me of saddle leather and horses – some of my favorite things! I’ve been slowly making the shift towards a more ethical wardrobe and most of my purchases this year have been minus tough to find things like winter jackets

  • Donna

    i think the cognac is cute

  • Nicole Burden

    I love all the colors, but i think cognac is so beautiful 🙂

  • Marie

    It would be hard to choose between the black and chocolate, but I think I’d end up going with the black!

  • Love that tote!