GEAR | Lotuff Leather


Lotuff Leather's Creative Director Lindy McDonough outside her 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit pick-up.

Lotuff Leather is a small luxury New England leather goods company that I've recently been acquainted with. I spoke with Creative Director Lindy McDonough last week and had I not known the company was in its infancy (just two years old), I would have sworn they had been around for almost a century and were just now re-emerging as another great American heritage brand. I think it's important to say up front that Lotuff's bags, totes, suitcases and satchels are expensive—this is not because of any marketing scheme or branding, but only because they use the best quality materials and have the best American artisans manufacture them. Most of us (myself included) might find ourselves priced out of their marketplace as a buyer, but I think their story is really important and I love what they're doing. As contemporary fashion seems to become more disposable and cheaply-made, Lotuff is an American manufacturer focused on quality and functionality in bags that are truly engineered to last a lifetime, not just the lifetime of a trend. In other words, these are bags worth saving for.

Their bags are unbranded (but monograms can be embossed), and you won't find a logo or unnecessary hardware anywhere. Despite the fact that Lotuff is a luxury brand, their bags are meant to be taken everywhere from an airplane to the office to a barn to a dock to the trunk of a car—and the patina of the leather will only keep getting better with age. They use only vegetable tanned leather (your nose will notice this the second it comes into contact with a Lotuff item) and because Lotuff takes much of its inspiration from well-made menswear, their bags are unlined, just as a truly high quality men's suit is unlined. Their newest women's bag is the Zipper Satchel #9 ($860), which is sturdy, stylish, and like all their goods, it's handcrafted in Norwalk, Connecticut and guaranteed for life. Lotuff is offering Tomboy Style readers a 15% discount on their website through the holiday season with the code TOMBOYSTYLE.

12 comments:

Sasha said...

I, too, wish these bags were more in my price range, but I agree that they are worth saving up for! It is refreshing to see people who approach fashion as something that can last a life-time as opposed to something that merely lasts a season.

And I love that sweater she is wearing!

Nomadic D. said...

I've been searching for a big sturdy purse that could house my camera as well and their zip top tote seems like it would be ideal, not to mention that it's absolutely gorgeous. Still, very much out of my price range indeed. But what a beauty! At least now I know what I'm shooting for!

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Julie said...

these bags are unreal! classic and timeless. My chestnut tote goes everywhere with me!

Anonymous said...

Okay that image of the tennis players with the bag is perfect. The silhouette of the baggy tennis whites in the background, the bag that you can pass down to generations in the foreground...it's giving me major deja vu!

Cupcakewalker said...

The zipper satchel in navy or cordovan -- I would LOVE to own it. I don't mean to be cheesy but to me it's an improved version of the Sofia Coppola for Vuitton bag, which I lusted after -- slightly different style, as or more classic, same dimensions, and though expensive, cheaper and I'm sure better made. Sigh...

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

gorgeous. thanks for sharing, lizzie. xx

Anonymous said...

What a great feature. So talented!

I recently bought a wallet from Lotuff -- as beautiful in person as in photos. Practical, Simple, and AMERICAN!

And sweet truck btw.

herphilly said...

Those bags are stunning! A very intriguing company despite the prices.

Printchick said...

I bought a Lotuff a few monthes ago and I love it. People ask me about it everywhere I go, it holds a TON of stuff and it does smell great :)

nazmeen said...

Amazing,, Love the look of this beautiful ladies dress

K said...

Oof. I used to have that exact car and it breaks my heart to think about it!

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