The Handmade Tote

One of the advantages to having a blog for me has been all the amazing and creative people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with along the way. I am also a huge proponent for the American made item that’s durable, functional, and looks great. This is where Burgundy Circus Hardgoods comes in and takes over.  The owner, Mike Payne, specializes in making by hand leather and canvas totes, utility bags, wallets, and key FOBs. Mike makes everything out of his studio here in Kansas City.   I immediately fell in love with the Stable Tote, which has a Houndstooth leather lining, leather shoulder straps, and a gorgeous red exterior.  As a mom, I am always carrying around things for London in my bag along with my other daily necessities, wallet, ipad, business card holder, makeup bag, and other miscellaneous items. This bag comfortably handles all my items and more.  Go check out his website and then go buy one of his bags because you will be so happy you did.







ASOS Scarf//Joe Fresh Jacket(similar)//Zara Top//Banana Republic Pants//Banana RepublicPumps//Burgundy Circus Hardgoods Stable Tote {c/o}

Photos By: Melanie Knopke

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  • I absolutely love the vibrant color of that tote! And how fun is the inside lining?! That would be the perfect work tote for me – thanks for the recommendation. I hope your event went well this weekend – I sure wish I could have made it!!

    • Yes! It’s the perfect work tote! You should definitely check out his site. Happy Monday.

  • I’m a sucker for a good bag! I have about a million overnight or carryall bags, but what’s one more? 😉