Custom Bag: Large Carrier Tote with 15″ Laptop Sleeve | Waxed Canvas and Leather | Black with Brown Straps

I made this bag for Se Meng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She likes the Carrier Tote in the shop, but needed a larger size. This is going to be her work and travel bag. She told me she usually carries her 15″ laptop, magazines, a water bottle, an umbrella and 2 iPhone 6s! (among other things).

The size of the bag was her first request. Then she went all out and added different customizations. The main ones are:

  • Personal colour combination: black body with brown straps
  • Interior 15″ laptop sleeve
  • 2 Front pockets
  • Luggage strap
  • Added a personalized leather label with her initials



The crossbody strap is adjustable and detachable. If you don’t want to use it, then you can carry the bag as a shoulder tote.

The 2 front pockets are always useful to get things easily. These can be added onto almost any bag in the shop.



Se Meng also travels for personal and work reasons, so adding a luggage strap to the bag was useful. She can use this as her carry-on and the size (see details below) is the maximum on most airlines for a personal bag size limit.

I have used this size bag with a luggage strap for my trip to Montreal and I must say that it was so nice not to carry a big bag around the airport. My husband didn’t have this on a messenger bag that I made him and says for our next trip, he must have this option.



Here are some detailed shots of the bag:

  • Top left: shows some of the solid and antique brass hardware I use on the bag
  • Top right: a full brass zipper to keep all the belongings safe and dry
  • Bottom left: Se Meng added a personalized leather label with her initials on it.
  • Bottom right: The detachable and adjustable crossbody strap with a solid brass buckle



Se Meng requested an interior laptop sleeve to put her 15″ laptop and magazines in. I adjusted the pockets for this. She also has 2 water bottle pockets and another larger pocket to organize her belongings.



When she’s not bringing her laptop, I didn’t want the laptop sleeve pocket to flap open, so I attached a button closure for it.



Here’s a side view of the bag.


Bag: 18.5″ W x 14″ H x 6″ D (47cm wide x 36cm high x 15cm deep)
Tote Straps : 9.5″ shoulder drop
Crossbody Strap: Adjusts from 33″ (84cm) to 44″ (112cm)



Lightly waxed canvas that is water resistant. This proprietary blend of wax treated onto a premium heavyweight canvas is made from a family-run textile company established in the 1830’s.

Thick Italian vegetable tanned leather that is strong and ages well.



This large size Carrier Tote is only available through custom order. Please contact me at cathy[at] or through my Etsy Shop if you’re interested in a similar bag handmade for you. Typically it takes 7-10 business days to make before shipping.

The standard size Carrier Tote is in stock from the shop. It ships in 2-3 business days.




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