What is the difference between the Wildwood Oyster Co. leather tote and the Wildwood Oyster Co. leather handbag?
Great question! The original tote is 16 wide x 16 inches tall with a 24 inch dock line handle. The depth at the bottom of the bag is 4 inches. The original tote is big enough to fit a laptop along with your other essentials.
The Wildwood Oyster Co. handbag was designed as an alternative for our customers that are not ‘big bag’ fans, have a petite frame, or those that prefer a smaller bag. Compared to the tote, the handbag is 13 inches wide and 13 inches tall. The rope handle is also 24 inches. The handbag can easily fit your wallet, small notebook and other belongings and is not as deep.
In the picture below, the tote is on the left and the handbag is on the right.
How long does it take to make a bag?
First, the leather is shipped to Auburn, Maine where it is carefully cut by hand with a special machine that stamps out the leather pieces so that each bag is exactly the same.
When the shapes are cut, it’s really important that the optimize the leather to make sure there is as little waste as possible.
After the leather pieces are cut, the cuts are reviewed to make sure they are perfect and each leather set is batched with similar textured pieces.
Then, the leather is sewn on a fancy industrial sewing machine in Portland, Maine with super strong thread and inspected to make sure that they are made to last a lifetime.
Lastly, the finished leather bags are matched with the ropes and the metal handles are attached.
How should I care for my Wildwood Oyster Co. leather bag?
Wildwood Oyster Co. bags are made with Kodiak leather, which is a lightly oiled heavy duty leather. It will develop a beautiful patina and become more flexible as you wear it over time.
When you first wear your bag:
When you are breaking in your leather bag, avoid wearing light colors and also storing light colored fabric in your bag.
Treating the leather:
You don’t need to spray your bag with a leather protector, but if you do, be sure to read the label to make sure that the treatment can work on both leather and suede. Over time, if you want to give your bag a leather conditioner, I would recommend neatsfoot oil on the leather (not the suede).
Preserving the rope:
Velcro is the enemy of the rope handle! Be careful when wearing your bag near velcro because it may catch on the rope and pull out threads. If this happens and you have a snag in your rope, you can most likely work it back into the weaving of the rope. If you can’t work the snag back into the rope, don’t cut out the tear, instead, an alternative is to burn the snag using a lighter and it will melt the snag and seal the rope.
If you have any questions about doing this, please feel free to reach out! You can always send a picture and we can give you our recommendation.
How do I clean my Wildwood Oyster Co. waxed canvas bag?
Simply use soap and water on the spots that need to be cleaned.
Can I get my waxed canvas bag wet?
Yes! You can. The waxed canvas repels water. If you need to clean your bag, use soap and water on the specific spots you want to clean.
What happens if I have a problem with my bag?
No problem! Please reach out through the contact page on our website and we will get back to you. Typically we will request pictures to discuss the best solution.
Can I replace or change out my rope handle?
Yes, please contact us if you are interested in changing your rope handle and we can send you pricing information.
Can my leather bag get wet?
The leather is a lightly oiled leather and is very forgiving if it gets wet. If you feel like your bag needs some extra love after getting wet or has some discoloration, you can use a light coat of neatsfoot oil on the leather (not suede).
When can I expect my order to arrive?
Your order will ship in 1-2 days.
Do you offer rush delivery?
Yes, during the holidays we offer rush delivery. If you need rush delivery during other times of the year, please contact us and we can provide solutions for you.