Re/TOTE is created using post-consumer materials.
Hello, I’m Wendy
Sewing is my creative self-expression
a great handbag is my favorite accessory.
Re/TOTE is my post retirement
career. Taking on this second-act has been invigorating and dare I say
re-purposeful. OK a little pun here,
but for me there is a great deal of fulfillment in taking what was old and making it new again.
While vacationing in the UK, I saw
a woman wearing a great tote bag.
I'd never seen anything quite like it .
It was made of a traditional fabric but
in a stylish modern shape. I could not stop thinking about that bag.
So by the time I got home I knew
I'd make one, but, with my own design twist, using repurposed materials, all sourced locally.
By using what already exists,
Re/TOTE is less harmful on our environment.
is unique, no two are the same.
The elements used previously served
a completely different purpose - a process known as repurposing.
Leather design elements were once
old jackets or furniture.
Belts become an elegantly mismatched pair of handles. Hardware,
repurposed curtain rings or
belt buckles. Colorful linings
were once curtains, duvet covers,
Lined bags include a roomy 9 x 6
inch divided open pocket that can
hold items for quick access. In addition,
an interior 7 x 7 inch zippered pocket
for securing important things, like
The bags measure between 14 - 18
inches wide by 12 - 15 inches tall depending on the style.
Re/TOTE is well sized and lies
neatly along the body.
has its own distinctive legacy.
I include a personal note detailing
the elements used and their original purpose, so you know just what transformed into your great bag.
A custom Re/TOTE to reflect
your personal style? See a bag you
like BUT… just one or two things
you want to tweak?
Perhaps it’s the leather or fabric
colour , maybe the hardware options?
Or, want to include a more personal element in your bag? Do you have
an item of clothing or fabric you
can’t let go of because it is steeped
in nostalgia, special significance, loving memories? Perhaps it’s out of style
but sure had it all going on in the day!
It can be incorporated into a custom Re/TOTE for you or as a gift.
Your memories renewed.
Each Re/TOTE bag is $95.00
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