April 30, 2018 5 min read

What comes to mind when you think about the perfect leather tote bag?

Are we talking about something elegant, something sophisticated, something stylish and modern but at the same time incredibly timeless, with a unique combination of flexibility and durability you just don’t get out of synthetic materials?

Or are we instead talking about something a bit closer to the kind of leather tote bag Indiana Jones would carry while hunting for ancient artifacts, all with the kind of patina and scarring that “mall crawling” tote bags will never know?

Maybe you’re looking for something in the middle of those two extremes!

At the end of the day, you’ll find everything you’re looking for from our expert craftspeople here at Go Forth Goods!

A Tote Bag Comparison Guide

There are a handful of things you really need to investigate before you pull the trigger on the purchase of a new leather tote bag, with the most important things being:

  • The type of leather used
  • The tanning process behind the production of that leather
  • The type of stitching as well as any reinforcements, and the quality of that craftsmanship
  • The strength of the leather while maintaining its suppleness and flexibility

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Obviously, you’re also going to want to think about how you plan to use your bag.

Are you looking for something that needs plenty of storage space with individual pockets to keep things nice and orderly?

Or are you shooting for something that’s a bit more of a “catchall;” something that works for those that do not love when everything is so organized and regimented?

Is this new tote bag going to be your constant companion in the office, the board room, or the courtroom? Or is it going to be something you use on weekend trips with that special someone or as your main carry-on when you are jet setting around the world?

Those of the important kinds of questions you must answer before you will be able to properly compare our totes. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve created a comparison guide for you below!


The Avery Leather Tote

Like every product we create, the Avery tote bag is made 100% in the United States and has a lifetime guarantee that you can trust.

Designed specifically for everyday use, it’s large enough to contain your laptop, your wallet, your smart phone, your sunglasses, your keys, and anything else you don’t want to clutter up your pockets – with plenty of space left over!


  • 9 inches wide by 6 inches high for the interior pocket
  • Solid brass key clip makes it easy to keep track of your keys in a bag this deep
  • Three-quarter inch wide handles made from 10-ounce full grain leather to give you the strong and comfortable grip you’re looking for
  • Copper rivets and double stitching/reinforcements guarantee this bag won’t fail you when you’re counting on it most



  • Features a clean and timeless design that still looks modern and contemporary. This is as high quality of a tote you’re going to find as far as “everyday bags” are concerned.
  • Both the zippered enclosure feature and the standalone separate pocket add a lot of utility to this seemingly bottomless bag that many other casual totes do not, giving it a head and shoulders competitive advantage over the rest of the pack.
  • Effortless and almost unlimited customization options really make this “THE” leather tote to have if you’re looking for a multipurpose bag that’s as flexible as your demands are.

Comparisons to the other two bags

A beautiful bag in every sense of the word, this is the quintessential “leather tote” that most people envision when they imagine what the perfect leather bag would look like. Almost identical to the waxed canvas Avery model we highlight in just a moment, it isn’t as oversized as the Olivia tote, but it certainly doesn’t lack for storage space all on its own, either.


The Avery Waxed Canvas Tote

Featuring the same kind of clean lines and timeless aesthetic that the traditional Avery bag brings to the table, this is the waxed canvas version of the tote and has almost all of the same special features with a unique canvas and leather color scheme that really stands out.


  • Utilizes 19.8-ounce wax canvas and 100% full grain leather construction materials throughout
  • Measures in at 13” x 15” x 6” with a 9” x 6” interior pocket (just like the traditional Avery)
  • Features that same brass key ring that makes keeping track of your keys effortless
  • Utilizes double stitching and reinforcements plus solid copper rivets


The waxed canvas components of the Go Forth Goods Avery Waxed Canvas bag will turn heads wherever you bring this bag, that’s for sure!

Giving it an almost military like aesthetic that works so well with the beautiful full grain leather elements, copper materials, and brass key ring, this is a bag that looks like it stepped right out of the early 20th century while remaining trendy in our time today.

The separate pocket, zippered enclosure feature (or snapped enclosure feature), and key ring really do an excellent job at helping you keep things nice and organized.

Comparisons to the other two bags

This Avery stacks up very nicely to the other, the only real major difference being the inclusion of the waxed canvas materials this bag has on full display. When compared to the Olivia bag below, it’s a little bit light on storage, but makes for a comfortable, constant companion.


The Olivia Tote

A while back we received a custom commission request from a customer that was looking for an oversized leather tote bag that could handle pretty much everything modern life through it without missing a beat.

We loved the finished product so much that we integrated it full-time into our product lineup, and the result is the Olivia Tote!

Utilizing full grain leather that has been impeccably tanned and crafted to produce a bag with sturdy features while remaining lightweight and flexible, this oversized tote has heavy-duty stitching throughout, strategic reinforcements, and copper rivets that had a lot of confidence to this bag while improving the overall aesthetics as well.


  • Measures 18” x 12” x 7” with an internal zippered pocket that measures 18” x 11.5” x 3.5”
  • The combination oil and wax treatment the leather has been subjected to results in a water-resistant bag
  • Hand top edges add a clean line and modern aesthetics to this decidedly traditional looking bag
  • 15-inch laptop compartment helps keep things nice and organized
  • Heavy-duty YKK zipper is easy to manipulate with one hand and isn’t going to gum up or jam on you even when the bag is fully loaded


Absolutely bursting with style, this is certainly one of the best looking oversized tote bags you’ll find anywhere on the planet today – and that’s thanks in large part to the full grain leather ALWAYS used here at Go Forth Goods.

Right out of the gate, this bag is infinitely flexible and adjustable to pretty much anything you’d like to use it for. It’s ready for the office or school, but it’s just as comfortable being used for shopping, day trips and excursions, or as a main part of your travel luggage when you decide to jet set to another part of the world.

Of course, like every other bag we make, you can completely customize almost every aspect of the Olivia Tote. You can really make it your own without breaking the bank!

Comparisons to the other two bags

At the end of the day, the Olivia bag is a bit larger than most people would probably want to have on them when they are simply running errands or looking for something to use as a bit of a larger purse.

The Avery’s are probably more of your “everyday” option, but when you’re looking for extra storage or infinite flexibility from a leather tote, you can’t go wrong with this one!