This just in: the folks at Joshu + Vela, the handmade organic tote and backpack company, have launched an online store. Ranging from $195 to $300, these bags are made from USA-born materials, natural dyes and premium leather.
As always, all the dyes used are from plants–like indigo for the blues and mango leaves for the yellow hues. Leather accents and straps are vegetable-tanned, and solid brass hardware means they’re in it for the long haul.
In February of 2011, Joshu + Vela worked with Tartine Bakery’s head chef Chad Robertson and manager Sierra Zumwalt to create a custom tote sold exclusively at the local eatery, whose lines regularly stretch out the door and around the corner. Two styles were designed: a one-strap crossbody shopper with steel adjuster and a traditional two-handled tote.
To scope the latest from this local label in person, head to the Joshu+Vela Pop-Up Shop at The Common, which celebrates its opening tonight at the Mission store. You’ll also find select bags at such boutiques in San Francisco as General Store in the Outer Sunset and Unionmade near Dolores Park.