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About

The Question 

 A common question many busy women ask themselves is. "Why can’t I find a bag that is functional but also stylish?" This is the exact question I asked myself in a grocery store November of 2014. I was shopping for groceries, had forgotten my reusable bags, and only had a small purse with me to carry my good. I found myself wondering why I couldn't I have a bag that had a super functional inside as well as a stylish exterior? Basically, I wanted to have my cake and eat it too! My solution? Designing atote with compartments, pockets, and a waterproof lining to handle all my needs, wrapped in, a simple yet sophisticated design. And that, is how EBA totes began!

The Design  

The interior compartments solve one very big problem, multiple activities. In my day I am jumping from one activity to another, either from the gym to the office or office to the store, and I needed a bag that could hold my whole day with ease. For the moms out there, eba totes solves one of their biggest issues as well – struggling with a purse and a diaper bag. With two separate compartments and multiple pockets moms can dedicate one side to their children, and the other to themselves. No muss, no fuss. But this bag can be used for everything including travel, day trips, work, every day, you name it, eba totes can carry it. 

Waterproof lining: Sure, compartments in a bag isn’t revolutionary but almost every bag, even diaper bags, are lined with a cotton blend fabric. One drink spill in your bag and you can kiss your bag and all its contents goodbye. I wanted to be able to throw a bottle of liquid in my bag with no worries so adding a waterproof lining to eba totes, was a no brainer.

 All eba totes contain the same features.  

  • 17" top closing zipper 
  • 11" inside pocket with magnetic closure 
  • Inside zipper pocket 
  • Elastic bottle holder 
  • Bag feet 
  • Recycled waterproof interior lining 

 The Function 

Ok so what can you use an EBA tote for? EVERYTHING! With various compartments and a waterproof lining, the skies the limit. Use it for work, the gym, travel, as a diaper bag, or even a school bag! That is the beauty of having large interior compartments, it allows you to organize what you need for your life.

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The Materials 

Fashion has been shown to be pretty dirty and very exploitative. Seems like every day we are learning more and more about the truly harmful effects that the fashion industry is doing to people, animals, and the earth. Being a tree hugger myself I didn’t want to follow the same old protocol of selling cheap bags made overseas with questionable toxic materials. All those good feelings after purchase are thrown right out the window when you actually discover where a bag came from, who made it, and what river was polluted in its creation. My mission in making eba totes was to, make a bag sustainably and ethically. A truly “feel good” fashion accessory. 

All the materials I use are sustainably made or sourced. The lining is made from recycled plastic, the manufacturer of the vegan leather recycles all their waste and is Green Guard certified and nontoxic. Cork comes from the bark of cork trees that can be harvested every couple of years without destroying the tree, and the denim is made from recycled denim and organic cotton. I have made it my mission to make a tote that creates minimal waste and is produced in a circular waste system. Even our scraps will be either sent back to the manufacturer to be recycled or donated as scraps for artists. 

Manufacturing 

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I didn't want to create a cheap fast fashion bag, You can already head to any major store to grab one of those. I wanted quality you could see and feel. I wanted to make my bags right here in the US because the USA has a history of crafting amazing products. I found a company in New York that is owned and operated by an incredible woman named Laura. To support a fellow female entrepreneur was super important to me because who doesn't know a women's needs better then two women? Eba tote is a bag that is truly made for women, by women.  

Laura's manufacturing facility prides themselves on craftsmanship and have a true attention to detail. When I received my first samples I was blown away how every stitch was made to the finest detail. Normally this level of detail is something you see in smaller high craftsman productions, not in a major manufacturing facility. These bags are not just made by workers, they are made by artisans. Take pride in knowing that when you buy an eba tote, you not only support my business but all the other businesses along the chain that are committed to sustainable and ethical practices.

The Totes

Retails for $249.00. The Uccello tote is the perfect tote for everyday use. The Uccello fabric mimics the texture of ostrich leather so this bag has beautiful grey undertones making it not just another boring black tote bag. With all eba totes it features two large compartments, various pockets, and our waterproof lining in royal blue. 

Retails for $249.00. The Whiskey tote is a classic everyday tote. Made with high quality vegan leather, the whiskey and saddle colors add contrast but allow it to match with any outfit. This vegan leather is durable, as well as water, and stain resistant. It really is a no muss no fuss kind of bag. As with all eba totes it features two large the compartments, various pockets, and our waterproof lining in royal blue.

Retails for $239.00. The cork tote is made with cork leather sourced in Portugal. Cork leather is made from the bark of cork trees that can be harvested once every couple of years with no harm to the tree! This makes it the perfect sustainable material. It is durable, water resistant and easy to clean. As with all eba totes it features two large the compartments, various pockets, and our waterproof lining in royal blue.

Retails for $239.00. When I discovered The New Denim Project in Guatemala I knew I needed to use their amazing fabrics to make a one of a kind tote. They take old and scrap denim and break it down to its raw form and then weave it together with organic cotton to make one of a kind beautiful fabrics. The trim is made with the vegan Ultrafabrics leather. As with all eba totes it features two large the compartments, various pockets, and our waterproof lining in royal blue.

Have your tote shipped in a tote!

You know that time you splurged and purchased a really high-quality bag that was shipped in a duster bag? When you opened your package and saw that your bag had been treated with care and protected along its journey  in its duster you knew it was well love by those who created it. But once you removed your bag, what did you do with the duster? I wanted to give my customers the same special attention to detail, but come on, it's always about functionality at EBA! For $10 extra have your tote shipped in a tote! Not only is your new EBA tote protected during shipping but now you have a super cute recycled cotton tote for groceries! Or you can snag this tote for $15 and still support EBA without the purchase of a full new bag.

My Customers love EBA! 

Sure I thought I created an amazing bag design, but what do I know? Turns out after my first run of totes, I was indeed onto something. My first round of customers were kind enough to tell me everything they loved and couldn’t get enough of in my bags! Mothers, working women, teachers, students, travelers, and women of all ages find EBA totes to be THE bag that they have been searching for. But don't just listen to me, here are just some of my customer's reviews.

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About Me  

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Ok so maybe I should introduce myself. Hello my name is Emmaly. I am 28, turning 29 in April, yikes! I graduated from University of Oregon in 2011. In my life I have always loved art in any form. I have dabbled in music, drawing, painting, and even spent five years in the culinary field. Fashion design was not something I really even thought of pursing. But when I had the idea of EBA totes the feeling of certainty was so overwhelming that I knew I had to go for it. You only live once right? So here I am, almost two years into this business and finding after a year of sales that I wasn't wrong. I am not the only person who thinks bags should be functional and stylish! I hope that when I read this you realize that I am simply a woman pursing a dream of providing a truly amazing fashion accessory. And thank you for your support in my journey.  

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If you love EBA totes, I know you have some friends and family that will love us too. And you only receive a bag if the campaign is fully funded. So please help me out and share this Kickstarter campaign!

Risks and challenges

I have already produced one line of these tote bags so I am well versed in sourcing materials and production. I have a solid connection with a great and reliable manufacturer and have pre sourced all my materials from reputable vendors. All the samples have been made and approved by me. This total funding amount covers all the costs of creating the next line of eba totes.

Of course if there are any delays, all backers will be alerted of the delay and the new estimated time of delivery via email.

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