Let’s get something out of the way: this RRL bag is too nice to have a generic name. But, lo-and-behold, this bag has a generic name. Called the “Handwoven Blanket Tote Bag” by RRL, and the “Leather-trimmed Canvas Tote Bag” by Mr. Porter, both names bury the lede when it comes to pointing out the three special characteristics that separate this bag from imitation models.
For one, the ‘fabric’ is a sakiori, which is a hand woven textile that dates back the 1700’s and is made by using recycled shredded fabrics (such as rags and kimonos) as the weft and a warp of bast fiber or cotton. Second, due to the handmade nature of this mightily durable textile, each example is unique unto itself. And third, that rag-based weft, as well as the leather in the tote, are both indigo-dyed, so the bag will evolve over time alongside its owner. Maybe a name change is in order.
Available at $895 at Mr. Porter.