Deep Blue Sea
Burma Tote with Detachable Clutch - Blue, Grey or Sand
Deep Blue Sea back
Deep Blue Sea key leash
Deep Blue Sea top detail
Deep Blue Sea interior pocket clutch
Deep Blue Sea removable clutch front
Deep Blue Sea removable clutch back
Deep Blue Sea strap detail
Deep Blue Sea front detail
Deep Blue Sea bottom feet
Deep Blue Sea
Stone Grey
Stone Grey key leash
Stone Grey top detail
Stone Grey interior pocket clutch
Stone Grey clutch front
Stone Grey clutch back
Stone Grey bottom feet
Burma Tote with Detachable Clutch - Blue, Grey or Sand
Sand key leash
Sand top detail
Sand interior pocket clutch
Sand clutch front
Sand clutch back
Sand bottom feet
Sand
Sand back
Sand clutch
Sand clutch
Life on Mars Goods

Burma Tote with Detachable Clutch - Blue, Grey or Sand

Regular price $275.00 $0.00 Unit price per

The Burma collection is currently a limited edition of one-of-a-kind totes.  Each vegetable-tanned leather tote is handcrafted with a portion of textile, handwoven by women in Burma.  Through delicate and time-consuming craftswomanship, they create regionally specific patterns in cotton and wool. This work is an important source of income for their families.

DETAILS:

  • dimensions: 14" H, 14" W, 4" D
  • chrome-free, veg-tanned leather
  • woven panel, handmade by women in Burma
  • solid brass hardware
  • collar button adjustable, brown leather straps
  • zipper top closure
  • internal zippered 6" x 9" pocket unsnaps to double as a clutch
  • solid brass feet
  • key leash
  • unlined
  • front of bag and tote stamped with Life on Mars Goods logo

OPTIONS:

  • Deep Blue Sea features light tan handles and antique brass hardware
  • Stone Grey features light tan handles and antique brass hardware
  • Sand features brown handles and antique brass hardware

Because I have only a limited amount of their weaving right now, there is a limited amount of totes.  I am working to find ways to regularly order from these talented women, who rely heavily on tourism and the sale of their art as a means to earn a living.  Travel bans and canceled trips, resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, have hampered their limited opportunities.

No two totes will be exactly the same - each created around the colors and design of the portion of weaving, with which I begin.  I aim to honor their creativity by making each a special piece, with an identity of its own.

Life on Mars Goods is a sustainable maker, dedicated to using natural materials, and finding less toxic, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to many of the synthetic products found in fast fashion bags and accessories. 

I look for leathers that are tanned without carcinogenic chrome and not coated with polyurethane, as many on the market are.  I avoid plastics, as much as possible, and use water-based adhesives. Additionally, I am gradually adding vegetable-based fibers such as Piñatex, made from pineapple fiber, Desserto, made of cactus fibers, and cork, which can be harvested without damaging the trees it comes from.  My aim is to offer products that last you for years and reconnect us with the natural world.

Handmade by a real person in Chicago.