All mothers need a bag, and like mothers, bags come in a wide variety. Here is a selection of high quality, locally designed and handcrafted bags to make that perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Left: The Cross-Body Bucket Bag from San Francisco’s Billie Marie Goods is urbane and readymade for your daily errands, the bar or site seeing in a new city.
Right: From the East Bay’s Monolisa, the Pink Tote is a classic lightweight leather bag, perfect for someone on the go. It has a removable leather fringe design featuring two sparkling clear Swarovski crystals mounted in silver hardware.
Left: The Daily Bag from San Rafael’s Rough Linen ticks all the boxes. One piece, folded cunningly as origami and shaped to mold to your side while comfortably holding all the things you need for your day, including a laptop if that’s your bag. There is a pocket for small things, but otherwise it is a plain as can be. Sling it over your shoulder or carry it in your hand. Stuff it full for carry-on, fold it to pack.
Right: From San Francisco’s Millie Lottie, the Etta Market & Picnic Tote is a generously sized canvas bag that comes with a bamboo cutting board. It has an extra-wide opening (to keep larger dishes upright), a sleek leather handle (for easy transport), an elastic strap (for securing bottles/utensils), and a burn-proof, spill-proof bottom liner. Remove the cutting board and you have a perfect purse, book tote or everyday bag.
Left: The leather Flip Flop Clutch from San Francisco’s Molly M Designs has an antique brass inner snap and is available in 32 colors.
Right: From Oakland’s Nanedi Valles, the S4 Tote has been specially designed to be versatile enough to take from the boardroom to the salon. Constructed of python printed leather and caramel suede lining, with brass hardware.
Left: The Anna Wristlet from Oakland’s Martine is a nod to an Art Deco style, with sleek corners and repeating lines. Made of Horween leather, it can be dressed up for an evening out, or worn as a stylish every day statement. The front closure is secured with a magnetic snap for easy access.
Right: From Brass + Blade, the Brown Tote is made with the highest quality, top-grain, oil finished leather. Not only gorgeous, it’s an everyday and every night kind of bag that will last a lifetime. The handles are made from very soft leather that is folded and stitched for maximum shoulder carrying comfort. With hand set solid copper rivets.
Left: The Horizontal Wine Tote in dark denim from San Francisco’s Aplat is designed to hold one bottle and features three side pockets for small cups (two stemless), food items (cheese and crackers) and accessories (bottle opener and bar tools). Perfect for casual picnics, gifting wine and cocktail kits.
Right: Need to haul a lot? The Zip Tote from Oakland’s MoMurray has you covered! Pack it full and it will still fit under the airplane seat, with plenty of pockets to stash what you need – this bag is great for travel, it’s also popular as a baby bag. Built to last, it’s made of waxed canvas with solid brass hardware and hand hammered copper rivets.
Left: Each Marbled Midi Bag from San Francisco’s Future Glory, shown here in pastel, has its own unique pattern – no two are alike. With a rounded bottom and their signature circular handle in brass.
Right: From Oakland’s Claflin, Thayer & Co, the quilted leather Diamond bag is shown in rose gold. It comes in three sizes – for jewelry or coins, an iPhone and necessities, or a mini iPad or notebook.
Left: The Riverfront Tote from Sebastopol’s Adelle Stoll is handcrafted from velvet-finished leather with graphic patterned textile sides that give it a stylish edge. Inside it has a cell phone pocket and a larger pocket for keys and extras.
Right: In collaboration with Oakland’s GDS Cloth Goods, the Record Tote 2 from San Francisco’s Koeppel Design is more than just a record tote – this beautifully crafted bag will be indispensable between trips to the record shop, bottle shop, or your next weekend getaway. Made of soft, durable Japanese selvedge denim and 100% cotton webbing, it has a removable wood base to distribute weight evenly and an outer pocket for your wallet and phone.
Left: The Puebla String Pack from Napa’s Yolotli is part of their Artisan Collection – a line consisting of one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that was inspired by years spent living in Mexico City and a love for the local and traditional handcraft techniques.
Right: Carry some positive vibes along with your shopping with the Unity XL Canvas Tote from Oakland’s OwlNWood.
Image at top of page: Lips bags from Oakland’s Claflin, Thayer & Co.