Our Sara Mini Tote Bag was first designed for our first collection launched with Stitch Fix back in 2021, featuring a strip of handwoven textile from the Ivory Coast over a creamy yellow colored leather from Kenya.

Solid block colors inspired by all corners of the African continent. In honor of Valentine’s Day and the season of love, let’s dig into the 14 reasons we love our Sara tote...

1. Block colors.

Our Sara Mini Tote Bag was designed with color blocking fashion in mind. The Orange, Red, and Indigo mini leather totes are a perfect ‘pop’ of a statement piece against a muted or even a color blocked ensemble, whereas the Black, Ombre Croc, and Deep Purple easily complements pattern or printed layers in your outfit

2. Small but mighty.

The Sara Mini tote is small but surprisingly spacious.You’ll be shocked about how many things you can fit in this little leather bag

3. Elephant texture inspired.

Both the black and deep purple block colors take inspiration from the African savanna elephant. A print intended to be reminiscent of the texture of the Elephant’s skin is hand pressed into full-grain sustainable cattle leather. Did you know, in the mid-1990s the Kenya Wildlife Service launched a ‘Park Beyond Parks’ program to increase local community engagement in protecting wildlife in the country. There has been a steady increase in the African Savannah Elephant since this program was introduced

4. Sunset Inspired.

The red and orange mini leather tote bags were inspired by those evening sunsets throughout the continent. These bright colors especially bring us joy. (Fun fact, the orange is our founder’s favorite, learn more about her here.

5. Croc textured.

Our Croc bag pattern  colors are the Ombré Brown and Indigo mini tote bags. Africa has a large Nile crocodile population – they call nearly half of the countries in Africa home – so, similar to the Elephant texture the Crocodile texture was hand pressed into our full-grain sustainable cattle leather.

6. Crossbody strap.

This mini tote can be carried by the handles or on your body with the adjustable strap. Hands-free whenever you need.

7. Top Zip Closure.

The zip top closure keeps your essentials snug and safe in your purse for wherever the day takes you. The Sara Mini Top Zip Closure tote bag is perfect for brunch, everyday use, or traveling!

8. Trend-Focused.

Spring 2023 is all about quiet luxury pieces and Sarep + Rose has you covered. The Sara Mini Tote is a handsewn leather purse that is practical for all of your outings this spring.

9. Card Slot.

Every Sara Mini Tote has a 1 card slot perfect for easy access to your debit card and license when you are at the wineries this spring!

10. Structured oval shape bottom.

The Sara Mini Tote has a soft structured bottom so it will not topple over when placed on the table!

11. Sustainable full-grain East African leather.

All of our leather is purchased from local tanneries in the region. Farmers were burying the hides as a means of disposal because they had no use for them. Sarep + Rose buying these hides for leather is creating additional stream of income for people who rely on the cattle-herding economy.

12. Handmade.

This purse was hand cut and sewn in Kenya. Check out some more #BTS on our Instagram.

13. Classic Silhouette.

A traditional Tote Bag shape in a portable size makes this bag an easy versatile gift for all ages and is simple enough to supplement a wide-range of personal styles.

14. Black Owned & Female Owned.

Sarep + Rose is a Black-Owned, Female-Owned business with a very small team and big dreams. We truly appreciate every purchase and all of your support.

We cannot wait for you to have your own Sara Mini Tote Bag. In honor of both Black History Month 2023 and The Month of Love, we’ve given you $30 off this mini leather purse all February long. Order yours today here.
February 14, 2023 — Katie Carazo

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