Custom Bag: Commuter Bag with Long Shoulder Tote Straps and A Crossbody Strap | Lightly Waxed Canvas and Vegetable Tanned Leather | Charcoal Grey and Brown

This is a custom bag for Codi in Madison, Indiana. She, like my previous customer Amanda, told me that she’s a Longchamp bag fan. She owns 6 of them in different sizes and colours. However, she hates that it’s a bottomless pit where she constantly can’t find her things. I used to be a Longchamp fan, too because I liked the simplicity of the bag, but I share the same frustration about it being one big pit.

Codi’s custom request was a simple one. She liked everything about the bag; the size and the interior pockets.  However, rather than the hand-held short handles on the Commuter Bag, she wanted the leather tote straps to be able to go over her shoulder. This way she can wear it as regular tote and attach the shoulder strap if she wants to where it as a crossbody bag (or messenger bag style).



The Commuter Bag is fully lined with a 100% tanned cotton twill fabric. It has 4 organizational pockets; 2 water bottle size, 1 large pocket and one for your cell phone (will fit an Apple iPhone 6).



I lengthened the leather shoulder tote straps to the standard 9.5″ drop. The regular Commuter Bag has a 4″ drop for hand-held carry. 



Here’s a shot of the bag without the crossbody strap. The crossbody strap is adjustable and detachable, so you can stow it away if you don’t want to use it.




Here’s some detailed shots. The leather is a premium Italian vegetable tanned leather. The hardware is solid brass and antique brass.

The lightly waxed canvas used for the exterior of the bag is water resistant.  A blend of proprietary all natural wax is coated onto a heavy canvas to create this beautiful textile. The company that created it has been doing this since the 1830s. Their family-run business is in their 7th or 8th generation now. I really like working with this fabric.


Bag: 14.5″ W x 12″ H x 5″ D (37cm wide x 30.5cm high x 13cm deep)
Shoulder Tote Straps: 9.5″ drop
Shoulder Strap: Adjusts from 33″ (84cm) to 44″ (112 cm)



If you would like to order a stock Commuter Bag, they are ready to ship in 2-3 business days.

Please contact me at cathy[at] or through my Etsy Shop if you’re interested in a custom bag handmade for you. Custom bags typically take 7-10 business days to make, depending on the request and other orders.




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