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Vaalbara Designs specializes in unique, vibrant and environmentally conscious handbags for sale handcrafted in the USA. For over 10 years, we’ve lovingly and professionally crafted Women’s Clutches, Mini/Long/Large and small Clutch handbags, Diaper bags, Messenger Bags, Tote Bags, Weekender Bags, Tote Bags, along with small run, Limited Edition Handbags and accessories. Our fabrics are collected from every corner of the world.

We’re excited to announce many additional products we’ve recently added to the Vaalbara Designs brand.  Check out our new Apparel, Home Goods, Apothecary, Accessories, and Baby products!

While we are passionate about the interrelatedness of the world, Vaalbara Designs is dedicated to local sustainability. Many of our materials, including our first -grade leather, are purchased within our community. And of course, inspired by the bohemian surf culture, each bag is handmade with love here at home in Venice, California.

A portion of every sale goes to the non-profit SurfRider Foundation, dedicated to keeping our beaches and oceans clean.

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How to Take Care and Prolong the Life of Leather Tote Bags

Here are some of the tips on how you can maintain and make sure that your trendy-brown-leather-tote-bag-1brand new leather tote bag lasts a long time.

When Cleaning

The general rule is that you start by cleaning off the dirt through wiping the bag with a cleaning liquid specifically for leather. Every day, you need to clean your bag with a soft and dry cloth; this does not take a lot more than a couple of minutes. However, this works if you want to preserve the leather material.

A lot of brands have their own guides on how to take care of their product in particular, so never hesitate to ask them about this once you buy a leather bag.

Conditioning the Leather Tote Bag

caring-prolonging-life-leather-bags-1Conditioning is more like a moisturizing phase for your leather bag, as the leather conditioner dries out in a while. You can just use a dollop of it and gently apply over the surface of the bag. You can also use neatsfoot oil or mink oil which stimulates and supplements the natural oils of the leather. You need to leave this for 10 minutes and then clear off excess while you leave the tote bag in an airy room. You should condition leather bags once a month.

Weatherproof Your Bag

trendy-stylish-black-leather-tote-bag-1Leather is a permeable material, and therefore can never be 100 percent weatherproof on its own. The best way to do this is to use beeswax cream which protects against water. Don’t go for spray protectants, as they are not as effective.

Storing the Leather Bag

Always stash your tote bag in an unused dust bag and fill it with stuffing; but don’t go for newspaper, as butter paper works better. Also, put the leather bag back in its original packing along with small amounts of silica gel so that the bag doesn’t get damp from anything around it. Moreover, let the air pass through the place twice a month to discourage the growth of mold.

Some Other Tips

Allow the water spills to dry out naturally. High heat measures like making use of a hair dryer only causes the leather surface to crinkle. Also, try not to rest your leather tote next to your jeans if you want to avoid color transfer. You need to bring it back as soon as it gets stained.

Know the Leather

caring-for-leather-designer-trendy-bagsMost of the leather bags are the ones that are vegetable tanned. Once drenched in water, they discolor super fast. Another leather skin is the chrome tanned skin which is water resistant. This is also more commonly referred to as the Wet Blue.

Looking for leather tote bags? Browse our leather and fabric handbags at Vaalbara Designs for the perfect pick that will suit all types of occasions.

Leather Handbags Are Back

Handbags rate as the number one item when we talk about popular ladies accessories. Instead of being used as a mere fashion statement, having a classy handbag is a must have nowadays. Handbags are used in plenty of different styles by both older women and teenage girls. But that does not stop the accessory to serve a functional purpose as well. The most popular handbags these days are leather handbags which come in different styles like canvas, cowhide, morocco, etc. Here we have listed the best picks of leather handbags. Read on to find out!

Elegant Black Leather Handbags

The elegant black handbag has been made sleek enough for you to flaunt it with pride wherever you go.. The bag is almost always shaped in a rectangle adorned with golden accessories and looks nice with metal helpers.

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Hobo Purse Bag

This is the bag to have if you want to look stylish, but are more into small things. The bag is made out of a soft leather material. It may have studs all around it, but other than that, it is elegantly simple. Hobo purses have enough capacity to store money pouches, cell phone and cosmetics. They are not that roomy as most trending leather handbags.

Leather Totes

Right now, they are a knockout, mostly because they go with almost every outfit in stores. The leather tote bag can be used for different occasions; it is spacious enough to hold your books if you have a class, or all the stuff that you carry to work. If you are a mother, then no need to carry a separate baby bag. There is room enough for you to style your leather tote as a baby bag.


A tote bag is designed with exceptional straps for the shoulders that make it easy to carry the whole thing. The bag itself is designed to distribute the weight of the contents just right.

Leather Backpacks

leather-designer-back-pack-04Flexible straps are always the most important feat of the timeless leather backpack. Most often you will see that these flexible fronts and sections make it super easy to use bags. Something you know you will fast get used to once you buy them. Buckles and tiny pouches make this bag multipurpose. The leather backpack is perfect for casual occasions.

The Unique Designer Leather Bag

Every year, a label would launch a new line of handbags and these would come with some out of this world knockout designs. Some of these would be designed for complementing your party dresses, while others to match with your work outfit or to go with a casual setting. Some are designed to be multipurpose which ups the reasons one should invest in these unique designer leather bags.

Break all the rules and pick a piece that screams about your personal style and taste. You can go through our leather handbag collection for the latest and coolest designs in leather purses and bags.

Different Styles of Leather Bags

Women have been lugging around lovely leather handbags for centuries but would you believe that handbags were first created for the utility of men! Since then, the tides have shifted totally and, and most of today’s handbags are designed for women. Modern leather handbags are far more diverse and refined than those ancient versions, and are available in varies styles to suit every possible fashion sensibility. From cute tote bags to adorable mini clutch bags, there are many different kinds of leather bags available today.


Here’s an alphabetic list of some of the most common styles of leather handbags on the market today.

Most popular types of leather bags


A narrow rectangular bag that resembles a French baguette.

Bowling bag

These were originally created for carrying a bowling ball, but have since become a fashionable bag for everyday wear.

Bucket bag

A bucket shaped bag with a deep pouch, draw-string closure and long shoulder strap. 

Leather Clutch

Small handheld purses that don’t usually have straps. You grasp or “clutch” them with the palm of your hand, hence the name.


 Feed bag

A bag that resembles those used to feed horses with a wide open top and medium length straps at the top. The usually feature a buckle closure across the opening.

Hobo bag

A large slouchy, crescent-shaped bag with a long strap for wearing over your shoulder. They are usually made from soft, flexible materials that will slump when the bag is set down.

Messenger/crossbody bag

These feature a long strap that you can sling across your body for hands-free carrying.

Saddle bag

A large bag that resembles the bag that an equestrian would hang on their horse’s saddle.

Satchel bag

A structured handbag that often features a fold over flap closure fasten with buckles or locks. They have a wide flat bottom and come in various sizes.

Shoulder bag

Any style that has a strap that can be worn over your shoulder. Various other types of bags also fall into this category, including saddle bags, bucket bags, hobo bag and doctor’s bag.

Tote Bag

A tote is a large open top bag with medium length handles at the sides of the pouch. The tote bag is also called a shopper, since they get their basic design inspiration from a shopping bag.


Shop sustainable leather handbags today in our eco-friendly e-store and add a few of these chic modern styles to your handbag collection.