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,

or shams.

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

cell phones.


 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. 

Re/TOTE Gallery

Each Re/TOTE bag is $95.00


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to see what's new in my vibrant, one of a kind bags. 


I have many more available, contact me to purchase

or to arrange a custom order.  


Lantzville, BC


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