Nisolo is one of those companies that I had heard wonderful things about in passing long before I ever bought anything. I hadn’t really started exploring ethical and sustainable fashion yet, and I was still shopping mostly at Madewell and H&M. After checking Nisolo out for the first time, I immediately began saving money towards my first purchase because I was instantly obsessed! When I bought my first pair of shoes - the popular Mariella mule - it was because I had heard such positive things about their quality and durability. I absolutely loved them and wore them to death! My next purchase was a pair of Isa boots, which have been a staple in my autumn and winter shoe rotation ever since. Their pieces are a bit of investment for me so I don’t have many, but I have been extremely impressed with every purchase that I have made.
When I first started purchasing from Nisolo, it was simply because I liked their shoes. However, as I started to get more interested in slow fashion, I learned more about the story and goals behind the company, and I’m just as much a fan of their practices as I am of their products. They strive to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction while equally considering the producer and the planet alongside their consumer.
The company is very transparent about their process, and you can view an in-depth impact report here on their site. They insist that every worker in their supply chain receives wages above the fair trade standard, along with healthcare and a good working environment. Nisolo provides jobs for over 500 people! They own their own factory in Peru, which allows for a very hands-on approach when it comes to the working conditions and benefits they offer their employees.
Nisolo also partners with other factories that are required to meet a strict set of ethical standards, including a minimum age for all employees and above fair trade wages, healthcare, and more. They visit their factories many times throughout the year to ensure that these standards are being met. They have an extremely low turnover rate of less than 2% per year! Nisolo also partners with independent artisans who are experts at their craft, which provides steady income for producers who wouldn’t necessarily have it otherwise.
By having such strong partnerships with ethical factories, Nisolo is able to cut out middlemen such as sales reps and wholesale stockists, which also makes their product much more reasonable than many of their competitors. The products are high quality so they are still an investment, but at much less of a markup than you’d pay from other brands. While Nisolo does use leather, they only work with companies that are committed to treating their animals ethically, and they also make sure to only use leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry. Nisolo is also working to offset their carbon emissions and participates in a shoe recycling program. You can read about all the vision of Nisolo and the steps they are taking to get there here!
I am thrilled to say that I recently became an affiliate for Nisolo! It always feels like a dream come true when I’m able to partner with a company that I have supported and admired for a long time, and that is definitely the case here.
I’d been eying Nisolo’s accessory + bag collection for a little while, so when they reached out and offered to send me a Lori tote, I immediately said yes! I’ve been carrying around an old Urban Outfitters tote for years and years - I’ve had it for so long that I can’t even remember when I bought it. It’s lasted well for me over time, but it has been on its last legs for quite awhile and I just hadn’t gotten around to replacing it yet. The leather is scuffed and nicked in many places, and the inside has really taken a beating from everything I carried around.
The Lori tote was the perfect replacement bag for me! I went with the Sand nubuck because I wanted a color that would pair well with anything and everything. It’s such a beautiful, neutral caramel tone, and I love the chic, minimal look it gives the bag. One of the wonderful things about nubuck is that it ages and improves over time, and I can’t wait to see the patina that will develop on the leather over the next couple of years.
Dimensions: 19” x 13” x 7”
Strap Height: 9”
Made out of nubuck leather
Available in five colorways
I have been so happy with my tote so far! It’s the perfect combination of beauty and functionality. The most important thing to me in a tote is that it’s big enough to carry my 15-inch laptop when I’m heading to a café to do some work, and the Lori tote definitely is. The other things that I usually keep in a tote are my wallet, a book, a pen, some kind of snack, essential oils, hand sanitizer, a pack of mints, a water bottle, and a sweater or other outer layer. Everything fits inside beautifully! There’s even a little pocket at the top to hold smaller things like earbuds or lipstick.
I really appreciate the sleek, simple, no-frills design of the Lori tote. It has clean lines with just the one inner pocket and a sturdy bottom that help it stand up when set on the floor or a chair. The nubuck is lightweight but thick, so it’s very durable and will last for ages. The material is soft and pliable, making the straps comfortable against my shoulders. Nubuck is also really easy to care for - you can use a nubuck brush or eraser to remove stains, dirt, and lint, and then restore the nap afterwards.
I’ve only used my tote as a purse/laptop carrier so far, but it’s also going to make the perfect weekend bag for brief trips out of town. It’s just roomy enough to include a few staple clothing items and a cosmetics bag. I’m quite a petite person, so I also appreciate that the tote isn’t so big that it’s difficult to carry and doesn’t overwhelm my small frame.
The only thing I wish was different is that the straps aren’t quite long enough to fit over the shoulder of my bulkiest winter coat, so the bag slides down while I’m out and about on really cold days (yes, we have already had a few of those this season!). However, the straps are the perfect length when I’m wearing just a top or a lighter coat, and the velvety texture of the nubuck does help the tote stay in place. I also might appreciate a way to close the tote across the top, such as a magnetic strip or zipper. My old tote didn’t have this feature, either, so it’s not something that I miss - just something that would be nice to have while out and about.
That wraps up my thoughts on Nisolo and the Lori tote they so kindly sent me! Even though the tote was gifted, this would have been the top contender for me if I had gotten around to purchasing a replacement for my old tote - Nisolo is my go-to for quality leather goods. I hope this post was helpful for anyone who might be in the market for a tote!
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