The tote bag is a bag with parallel handles, made with sturdy cloth or fabric. These bags were originally made in the United States to carry water or ice. Since about 1960 they have become commonly used in everyday life, but even in those days the tote bag was built to be extremely durable.
THE Tote bag was created by disassembling one of these vintage tote bags to expose the fabric, which was then further unraveled down to its threads, which is the point from where we began to analyze and redevelop it.
This redeveloped vintage fabric uses threads which are about 20% thicker than currently circulating threads, which result in natural irregularities which give each individual bag its own unique and expressive qualities. By converting a vintage shuttle loom for our use, we were able to weave together a durable fabric with these threads.
Although a shuttle loom is by no means a highly productive machine, because it breathes a great deal of air into the fabric as it slowly, ever so slowly weaves it together, the resulting fabric is incredibly light compared to how thick it appears, and very sturdy and durable.
The handle attached to the side of the bag is meant to provide better support when carrying heavy objects, and is a detail left over from those days when these bags were used to transport ice and other such materials.
Re-designing the length and balance of this handle and standardizing it has made it possible to create a handle that is perfect for attaching to suitcases as well.