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You've probably heard us talk about how much we love this leather tote. It does (and holds) everything you need, and then some. We've taken it for a spin (50,000 miles) and we're proud to say it's passed with flying colors.

Our leather tote bag features classic, 100% top grain semi-aniline leather and a natural cotton hand-dyed lining.

A chic staple for all occasions, this tote is roomy enough to carry everything you need for your next adventure or a night out.

As with all Nu Market bags, 20% of the profits fund literacy education and business trainings in our partner artisan communities, because the most stylish thing you can do is support women artisans.

Tote bag with dual leather drawstrings, magnetic closure, one external and two internal zippered pockets.

Natural cotton dust bag included. 

1) Guizhou Blue Weave 

The shining star of this must-have handbag is a handwoven fabric made by our women-artisan collaborators in rural China. The pattern is a local design hundreds of years old passed down over generations. This cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques on traditional wooden looms and using cotton picked from the surrounding hillsides. 

2) Ji Jia Indigo Batik

What makes it truly original – almost as unique as you are – is the gorgeous lining that indigo dreams are made of (swoon). Hand woven and hand dyed by our women artisans in southwest China, this cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques, bringing tradition to modern fashion

Read more here

We want you to love your Nu Market handbag, backpack purse, crossbody bag or leather tote. Here’s some information to make sure you can love it forever, because true love really does exist. 

Like you, your bag is special and full of character. Each one is made of all-natural leather that is its authentic self without paints, pigments, or other "enhancing" treatments. 

At Nu Market, we treasure natural beauty so you don’t have to do much to keep your bag looking fabulous. But, should scratch marks appear simply use your fingertips to rub them out. Spots and small stains will also become less obvious the more you wear your bag. 

Overtime, the color of your handbag may change to a warmer hue. Celebrate this new shade, it is the natural course of unaltered leather and everything is better au naturale.

Simply put, wear your bag as often as your heart desires. Embrace its imperfections, or beauty marks as we like to call them, and enjoy it for exactly what it is. 

Your handbag will do the rest. 

What does Nu Market do?
Nu Market elevates women artisans around the world by expanding their market access. We do this by creating beautiful handbags that incorporate handmade textiles, and selling textiles to the trade.
We reinvest 20% of all of our profits back into our artisan partners to provide training and new opportunities otherwise not afforded to them.
What does 'Nu' mean?
'Nü' means “woman” in Mandarin. We are committed to empowering women artisans, and wanted our name to reflect that.
Why did you start Nu Market?
While traveling through remote regions of southwest China, our co-founder, Caroline, discovered beautiful handicraft traditions, preserved by geographic remoteness and refined by generations of women artisans. But in a region faced with illiteracy and limited job opportunities beyond agriculture, she learned that women artisans today often lack a marketplace for their handicrafts beyond their own villages.
We began Nu Market because we saw true potential in connecting women from two worlds: Entrepreneurial, talented, inspiring women artisans in rural China with stylish, sophisticated, socially-conscious individuals in the United States.
How many artisans do you work with?
We currently work with over 750 artisans.
Prior to Nu Market, what would happen with the handmade handicrafts?
The handicrafts would be sold to intrepid travelers who visited the artisans in their villages or attended the closest town during market days. Sales were generally limited geographically, and buyers weren't long-term partners. Additionally, handicrafts are used by friends and family in local celebrations and everyday life.
Where does the 20% of reinvested profits go?
We work with local non-profits to fund literacy education programs and business training workshops in the communities where we work. Our goal is to create additional opportunities for artisans through skills-based training.
How are the textiles made?
The unique Indigo lining in our handbags is made using the batik process (learn more here) and handweaving on wooden looms.
How do you source your leather?
Nu Market imports our leather from one of the finest leather tanneries in Italy. It has been produced under strict environmental standards from an ISO 9001 certified tannery, which has been verified by Der Blaue Engel for their strict compliance to environmental and human safety manufacturing procedures. The final milled grain leather gives every bag a soft, luxurious hand feel, using environmentally-friendly processes, free from sludge and hazardous chemicals.

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You've probably heard us talk about how much we love this leather tote. It does (and holds) everything you need, and then some. We've taken it for a spin (50,000 miles) and we're proud to say it's passed with flying colors.

Our leather tote bag features classic, 100% top grain semi-aniline leather and a natural cotton hand-dyed lining.

A chic staple for all occasions, this tote is roomy enough to carry everything you need for your next adventure or a night out.

As with all Nu Market bags, 20% of the profits fund literacy education and business trainings in our partner artisan communities, because the most stylish thing you can do is support women artisans.

Product Details

Tote bag with dual leather drawstrings, magnetic closure, one external and two internal zippered pockets.

Natural cotton dust bag included. 

Interior Fabric

1) Guizhou Blue Weave 

The shining star of this must-have handbag is a handwoven fabric made by our women-artisan collaborators in rural China. The pattern is a local design hundreds of years old passed down over generations. This cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques on traditional wooden looms and using cotton picked from the surrounding hillsides. 

2) Ji Jia Indigo Batik

What makes it truly original – almost as unique as you are – is the gorgeous lining that indigo dreams are made of (swoon). Hand woven and hand dyed by our women artisans in southwest China, this cotton lining is made using centuries-old techniques, bringing tradition to modern fashion

Read more here

Product Care

We want you to love your Nu Market handbag, backpack purse, crossbody bag or leather tote. Here’s some information to make sure you can love it forever, because true love really does exist. 

Like you, your bag is special and full of character. Each one is made of all-natural leather that is its authentic self without paints, pigments, or other "enhancing" treatments. 

At Nu Market, we treasure natural beauty so you don’t have to do much to keep your bag looking fabulous. But, should scratch marks appear simply use your fingertips to rub them out. Spots and small stains will also become less obvious the more you wear your bag. 

Overtime, the color of your handbag may change to a warmer hue. Celebrate this new shade, it is the natural course of unaltered leather and everything is better au naturale.

Simply put, wear your bag as often as your heart desires. Embrace its imperfections, or beauty marks as we like to call them, and enjoy it for exactly what it is. 

Your handbag will do the rest. 

FAQ

What does Nu Market do?
Nu Market elevates women artisans around the world by expanding their market access. We do this by creating beautiful handbags that incorporate handmade textiles, and selling textiles to the trade.
We reinvest 20% of all of our profits back into our artisan partners to provide training and new opportunities otherwise not afforded to them.
What does 'Nu' mean?
'Nü' means “woman” in Mandarin. We are committed to empowering women artisans, and wanted our name to reflect that.
Why did you start Nu Market?
While traveling through remote regions of southwest China, our co-founder, Caroline, discovered beautiful handicraft traditions, preserved by geographic remoteness and refined by generations of women artisans. But in a region faced with illiteracy and limited job opportunities beyond agriculture, she learned that women artisans today often lack a marketplace for their handicrafts beyond their own villages.
We began Nu Market because we saw true potential in connecting women from two worlds: Entrepreneurial, talented, inspiring women artisans in rural China with stylish, sophisticated, socially-conscious individuals in the United States.
How many artisans do you work with?
We currently work with over 750 artisans.
Prior to Nu Market, what would happen with the handmade handicrafts?
The handicrafts would be sold to intrepid travelers who visited the artisans in their villages or attended the closest town during market days. Sales were generally limited geographically, and buyers weren't long-term partners. Additionally, handicrafts are used by friends and family in local celebrations and everyday life.
Where does the 20% of reinvested profits go?
We work with local non-profits to fund literacy education programs and business training workshops in the communities where we work. Our goal is to create additional opportunities for artisans through skills-based training.
How are the textiles made?
The unique Indigo lining in our handbags is made using the batik process (learn more here) and handweaving on wooden looms.
How do you source your leather?
Nu Market imports our leather from one of the finest leather tanneries in Italy. It has been produced under strict environmental standards from an ISO 9001 certified tannery, which has been verified by Der Blaue Engel for their strict compliance to environmental and human safety manufacturing procedures. The final milled grain leather gives every bag a soft, luxurious hand feel, using environmentally-friendly processes, free from sludge and hazardous chemicals.

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