Design Collaboration: Tote Bag from John Henric

Haven’t you all stood there, in your hall way on your way out the door with your jacket in one hand, your wallet and mobile in the other hand, your keys in your pocket, the umbrella under your arm, the notebook in your back pocket…. yeah you get the point. Your office briefcase wouldn’t fit all, the gym bag doesn’t feel quite right for the occasion. How do you solve it? A plastic bag? Carry it in your hands? Neeh… I’ve been in this situation uncountable times, especially last summer and decided to do something about it.

I teamed up with my good friends at John Henric to see how we can solve this question that most men have and/or will encounter. What we looked for was an affordable everyday bag that fits your daily essentials, looks good and fits most occasions. We didn’t do miracles, or in some sense we actually did, but we ended up with a really nice ‘Tote Bag’! It’s versatile, looks awesome and will suit as your daily companion to the office, to town or wherever you are going and need to bring your personal belongings.


The Tote is made of green waxed canvas and features chestnut calf leather handles and details. It has one main compartment with zip closure. Inside the tote you find, apart from the large main compartment, one smaller internal pocket with zip closure and one larger pocket that fits e.g. your laptop or a larger notebook. On the outside you find a mid-size pocket on the front with magnetic button closure for your essentials that you need fast and easy access to. You will also find two smaller pockets on the sides for your smaller essentials. The tote comes with a dust bag and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap.

This particular tote is made up in a limited edition of only 12 samples and costs 1999 SEK (199 EUR) and will be available online only (link to Tote bag)

John Henric is now offering all readers a unique 15% online-discount on all their briefcases, duffle bags and toiletry bags, including the tote bag above for a limited time. The only thing you need to do is choose your favorite on their website (link to all John Henric bags) and use ‘aleks15’ on check out!

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“The term tote or tate, meaning “to carry”, can be traced back to the 17th century but was not used to describe bags until 1900. However, the tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags. During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter into the main culture. Women primarily utilized them as practical handheld bags because they didn’t require much care. It wasn’t until the 1960s when the tote bag embraced personal style. Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags which combined style and functionality. Today, fashion lovers and consumers can find tote bags in a variety of decorations and themes for both men and women.” (Source: Wikipedia)

2 comments on “Design Collaboration: Tote Bag from John Henric

  1. Hello Aleks ,

    I hope you are doing well. I was wondering if I could still but this bag somewhere. It is currently not available on John Henric’s Website but I really want to buy one. Cold you please help with the same.

    Thanking you in advance !!

    • Hi and thank you for your email.
      The tote was made up in limited quantity but you send them an email and see if they made have any left in stock.

      Good luck and let me know if you ey any response.

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