ECHO PARK — The maker of canvas tote bags that sell for as much as $100 each will be opening its very first store in the former home of a Sunset Boulevard locksmith.
Pacific Tote Company, which makes its bags in limited batches of unique colors and designs, plans to sell its canvas and beach totes along with items that typically go into a beach bag – such as lip balm and sun hats – in the small space once occupied by Herb’s Key Shop in the 1800 block of Sunset Boulevard.
“It is a neighborhood store rather than a typical retail box,” said Duffy Culligan, one of the Hollywood company’s co-creative directors. “We want it to be a fun, colorful place to visit and hang out.”
The company’ line of bags are priced from $80 to $100 online. How can canvas bags cost so much? Culligan explained that designing and making durable and unique bags that are cut and sewn in L.A does not come cheap:
All of our fabric is dyed and finished in the US, all of our bags are designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles, we use very thick (but not stiff), premium-quality #8 canvas, with a nice double layered bottom. Knowing how much it actually costs to construct a high quality, heavy canvas tote bag in the US, I often feel the pertinent question is what makes other bags cost much less than ours.
The price has not deterred customers; many of the $100 tote bags are sold out online.
The company plans to open its Echo Park store in November.