Siiqqee Large Leather Tote in Fog Bag Ethically Made in Ethiopia by Kootkeet
The Siiqqee Tote is the perfect large leather tote bag for the busy student or the mom on the go. This versatile tote will gladly accommodate all of your daily items such as your laptop, lunch box, water bottle, coffee mug, notebook, pens, makeup, etc. You’ll instantly feel and experience the premium Ethiopian leather, the expert crafts-woman-ship, and the European technical design that complete this bag. The simple and classic style will make this bag relevant for years to come, making it the perfect wardrobe investment piece. The Siiqqee Tote breathes versatility; wear it over the shoulder or across the body.
• Large Roomy Size: outer dimensions: 13.3 in (height) x 16.5 in (length) x 4.75 in (depth)
• Long & adjustable shoulder strap: Adjustable from 9 inches to 46 inches long.
• Magnetic closure on the outside of the bag
• Simple Organization: 1 inner pocket & 2 external pockets (both with open tops)
• This color is Fog, a light neutral with a creamy exterior.
• This is a natural handmade product; slight variations are to be expected.
• The Premium Leather will soften and age beautifully with use.
The Siiqqee Story
The Siiqqee Tote (pronounced: ‘tsikkee’) symbolizes the power of womanhood.
In Ethiopia, where this handbag was born, it is customary among women (in the Oromo culture), to carry the ‘Siiqqee’ (a wooden stick) on their way to special meetings on women’s rights and issues. Accordingly, a woman carrying a Siiqqee is untouchable and can do whatever is deemed right and necessary to protect herself or another woman from societal or domestic abuse.
Let The Siiqqee Tote remind you to pursue what's right and to walk confidently.
Kootkeet, meaning 'Mine & Yours', is an Ethiopian leather goods company. Kootkeet's production in Ethiopia employs exclusively women, including women with disabilities, who all receive fair wages and additional benefits. The Kootkeet environment is safe and joyful, as each employee is treated as Family.
Why We Love Them
Besides from making quality handbags in timeless styles, Kootkeet strives to not only provide for their female artisans but also empower them. In the capital of Ethiopia, it is common for women to earn 75% less than a man…that is if they can find fair work. Kootkeet pays their female workers 4x higher than the average wage plus benefits. We also love that Kootkeet seeks to empower some of the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia by employing women with disabilities such as hearing and visual impairments. We love partnering with Kootkeet! When you carry one of these beautiful handbags, we know you’ll love thinking about the life changing impact you made for these women.