Totnes Tote Bag

Our Leather and Canvas Fold Over Tote Bag

This versatile canvas & leather tote bag combines 18oz waxed canvas from the world renowned Halley Stevensons of Dundee with full grain Italian vegetable tanned leather handles and a heavyweight waxy pull up leather for the base and pockets. Entirely hand made in small batches, hand hammered copper rivets ensure strength, whilst a multitude of pockets help to keep you organised on the go. There are two large external pockets for easy access, along with three internal pockets, two smaller and one larger. The fold over design keeps your gear secure and dry. Can be carried over the shoulder or in hand. When you get caught out and unexpectedly need to carry extra, unfold and stuff the tote to the brim - Support local!
  • Choose from two different colourways
  • Full grain Italian vegetable tanned leather handles
  • 18oz Halley Stevensons waxed canvas
  • Heavyweight waxy pull up leather base and exterior pockets
  • Hand hammered copper rivets
  • Two external pockets
  • Three internal pockets
  • Cunning fold over design
  • Dimensions of main body when folded: 35 x 30/42 x 10 cms (approx)
  • Dimensions of main body when unfolded: 46 x 30/42 x 10 cms (approx)
  • Read more about Halley Stevensons Waxed Canvas here 
  • For tips to keep your waxed canvas looking its best, please see our: Waxed Canvas Care Guide 

         Waxed canvas Tote Bag
There are many similarities and parallels between waxed cotton and leather which make them handsome partners. From durability and longevity, to how both will evolve over time naturally pick up marks and creases through use, creating a beautiful patina and adding character to the piece, unique to the owner. Ultimately creating a one of a kind product.
Both materials can be maintained by the user, by applying waxes. The natural oils can be put back into the leather just as the waxed canvas weather proofing can be topped up. The waxed cotton will adjust to ambient temperature to be softer in warm weather and stiffer in cold conditions, as the leather can also be affected by its environment.
We have sourced our waxed canvas from the great British outdoor innovator, Halley Stevensons. Based in Dundee, Scotland. Boasting over 150 years of heritage and experience, their waxed canvas is arguably the finest available and is sought after throughout the world.

Guide to Caring for Waxed Canvas

One of the most advantageous aspects of Halley Stevensons waxed canvas is its strong and long-lasting quality. It is specifically crafted to endure and, with proper maintenance, can continue to serve you for many years. Similar to our leather products, it can greatly benefit from periodic tender-loving care.
Wax is applied to cotton to create a water-resistant and weatherproof material known as waxed cotton. As a result, it cannot be washed with traditional methods, such as using a washing machine or dry cleaners.
With continued use, this wax dressing will require reapplication over time.
There are two options for maintaining the condition of your waxed canvas bag: you can either reproof it yourself at home or seek professional help.
To properly maintain your leather, including the leather components of your waxed canvas bag, refer to our Leather Care Kit and read our Love Your Leather blog for guidance.

If you are rewaxing your bag at home: 

To begin, eliminate any loose and dry dirt from the surface by gently brushing it with a soft brush or a damp sponge. In case of any tough spots, a soft cloth and cool or warm water can be used. Avoid using degreasing soap, such as dish soap.
After ensuring that the surface is both clean and dry, it may be necessary to add a fresh coat of wax. With some patience, time, and careful attention, you can achieve a satisfactory outcome.
Halley Stevensons provides two options for reproofing with their Original Wax Reproofing Wax and Original Wax Reproofing Spray available on their official website.
For optimal results, it is recommended to refer to their guidelines for using these products.
To avoid damaging the leather parts of the bag, please be careful not to get any reproofing products on them.
If you prefer a professional rewaxing service: (Our recommendation)
Tanner Bates is pleased to collaborate with and highly suggests the services of Mallin & Son, a UK-based company that specialises in re-waxing. For those interested in reproofing, please refer to the contact details below to communicate directly with Mallin & Son.
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Mallin & Son is known as the leading expert on all things related to waxed cotton. They are the most popular and top-rated waxed cotton workshop in the nation.
Mallin & Son is a small, family-owned business located in the heart of Yorkshire.
Their expertise lies in the restoration of waxed jackets and other items made of waxed fabric.
In 2019, Ryan Mallinson started Mallin & Son after the birth of his son. The company has become known for sustainable fashion and is the preferred destination for waxed cotton reproofing. Mallin & Son is based in West Yorkshire and specialises in reproofing waxed jackets and other high-quality waxed goods. They receive items from various countries and renowned brands, including Barbour, Belstaff, and Burberry.
The Mallinson family has a strong connection to the textile industry, dating back to the early 1900s. This industry has a significant history in the area of Ossett, with its mills being a major source of employment in the late 1800s. These mills were responsible for producing fabrics and reusing woollen goods, which were then shipped to various parts of the world. Mallin & Son takes pride in being situated in Springfield Mill, which was the first textile mill in Ossett to use power and was constructed in the late 1700s.
There is no better location to have your Tanner Bates waxed canvas bag reproofed!