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The Telegraph Leather Tote


Toss it in and make your moves. The Telegraph Tote will be alongside you. Sustainably made from buttery soft yet sturdy automotive leather, with a large open compartment perfect for flowers at the farmer's market or overnight adventures to your favorite places.  

Each Telegraph Tote is 1 of 7 we'll make in a few small batch colors this month.

Featuring soft and sturdy suede handles, a small inside pocket for your phone, wallet, sunglasses, and essentials, and an easy-on key clip so you'll never again have to search your bag for your keys.  

Designed by Meg Harris, with our most premium leather upcycled from the top car companies in the USA, and other local partners, and handmade in Detroit by US Veterans and Detroiters.  


  • Leather body with suede logo and suede straps

  • Leather interior

  • U.S. made stainless steel rivets

  • U.S. made interior key fob clip for easy access to your keys

  • 100% designed and made in Detroit


    • Bag dimensions (17"W x 12"D x 15.5"L) 

      • Fits a laptop up to 16 inches

    • Interior leather pocket (9.5"W x 4"D x 8.5"L), holds phone, sunglasses, wallets

    • Soft flat double thick suede leather handles with stitching accent; 9" drop

    Made to Order: 

    Please allow 1-2 weeks for us to handmake and ship your bag to you. 

    The Leather Story:

    Every day thousands of pounds of leather from brand new cars go unused for reasons as simple as color issues and small marks. We give this material a new life by transforming it into high quality leather products that are sustainable and handmade to last.

    Perfectly Imperfect:

    Every Pingree Tote is slightly different. Why? The leather that we use is of the highest genuine grade and has imperfections that tell an authentic story. Small scratches and marks on the leather's surface are normal and will help the bag patina and age nicely. Texture and shade of leather may vary slightly from those pictured. 

    Why the Name,  "Telegraph":

    US Highway 24 (US 24) known as Telegraph Road is named after roads that once ran alongside actual telegraph lines across Michigan in 1868. The road runs for 79.828 miles through three counties in southeastern Michigan as it parallels the Lake Erie shoreline. 

    The northern part of the highway follows a section of an old Indigenous trail called the Saginaw Trail that connected Detroit with points further north.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 5 reviews
    Jack M.
    Telegraph Bag

    Beautifully bespoke… as expected of anything from Pingree. Many thanks.

    Monica Boote
    Leather Tote

    Wow!!! Love my new tote, and when asked about it being able to share the Pingree Detroit background.

    J T
    Great product

    The quality and construction of the Telegraph Leather Tote is fantastic. I would highly recommend this and other Pingree Detroit products to anyone interested in high quality craftsmanship leather goods.

    Kim BL
    Awesome tote

    I love the orange color, the leather is thick but buttery soft. I’m sure I will be able to use for years and then hand down.

    Best all purpose bag

    I truly love my bag and so glad I stumbled upon your booth at Eastern Market. I have been using it as my work bag carrying my laptop and the large pocket on the inside is perfect for storing my mouse and ear buds. I get so many compliments on this bag and love sharing your cause. Thanks for making such a great product!

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