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The Perfect Tote Bag by Boutique Mexico

The Perfect Tote Bag by Boutique Mexico


Boutique Mexico has taken a fresh new take on the practical woven bag.  You can soak up the sun while keeping it classic with the sophisticated styles from Boutique Mexico. With a mission to give back to the community, this charitable company partners with native artisans in Guerrero, Hidalgo, Puebla, Chiapas, and Oaxaca to help them earn a living, while preserving the ancient crafts of weaving and embroidery which have been the creative expression of their communities for generations.

The Stella Medium short handle tote is handmade by artisans in Oaxaca. It is a fabulous quality tote and this particular style  is very fashionable and practical for the summer season. First off, the tote keeps all your essentials secure. Of course, I live in Florida, so it is well-suited to wear this style all year long but it also comes in other vibrant colors and styles which can fit every season.  This bag is also appropriately sized so you can still put a towel in it and rock it at the beach, or use it as an everyday handbag.

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Stella Medium Tote Bag - Boutique Mexico

Many summer totes are woven out of straw but this one is handwoven out of plastic, so it will last longer if you are either having lunch in Miami or simply enjoying a day at the beach.  Keeping with a traditional style, it’s easy to see that every single Boutique Mexico bag embodies some cultural flavor.  Some of the designs use embroidery and spirited styles to add flavor into not looking boring.  Every handbag made by the company has its own sense of personality. They all have a playful use of color and can easily transform a plain looking outfit into a fun one!

Stella Medium Tote Bag by Boutique Mexico

The Stella Medium tote bag is a handwoven Mexican classic and perennial favorite.  It’s a stylish tote that comes in many hot colors; it look great at anytime, in any place.

Stella Medium Tote Bag - Boutique Mexico

Putting these traditional made bags on the global market brings financial stability in the future of these artisans who craft them. In the 1960’s, the Otomi people of Central Mexico used hand embroidery and free-hand drawing designs, traditionally made by the women, as a second source of income due to the failed crops during a drought. The company values the local artisans that craft the bags and they give them a say in the making of the bags.  They also donate to La Escuelita de Sonia School for children in need in the city where they live. Furthermore, a portion of every bracelet purchased is donated to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage site near Tulum, Mexico.  

Stella Medium Tote Bag - Boutique Mexico

Stella Medium Tote Bag - Boutique Mexico

Stella Medium Tote Bag - Boutique Mexico
Beyond their great bag collection, Boutique Mexico also offers other unique accessories that are also made by those rural artists. Their jewelry and bags come with fun and unique tassels and pom poms which are sure to add a pop of color to any outfit. Hint: This would be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

This post was written by Ariana Tottenhoff.

Disclosure:  I was given the Stella Medium Tote bag from Boutique Mexico for this review. The opinions here are entirely my own.


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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Chrysoula
    April 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

    That is a very nice bag! Great design, perfect for the beach and summer vacation. I really like how the company supports the local community.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Me too! It’s a great company to support.

  2. Drew
    April 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Looks like a great tote, and love that it is made by local Mexican artisans. Also important to know that Boutique Mexico not only employs the local artists, but gives back to the artist community. A great bag with a great cause!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Absolutely!! A company I’m happy to support 🙂

  3. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    April 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    That bag does look like it is perfectly sized for a day at the beach. You get a double bonus of support local communities while sporting authentic handicrafts. It’s a win-win
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

      You’re right, it’s totally a win-win!

  4. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    April 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I love responsible fashion. The story and the purpose behind it always creates a stronger connection to the item. The tote looks perfect for day or night and is a perfect size. I’ll have to check out their accessories, too! 😉
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

      All of their products are great, Jackie. Enjoy!

  5. Carol Perehudoff
    April 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    A bag with a conscience! I love that it’s waterproof and stylish. It also looks light, which is my pet peeve when it comes to beach totes as I’m usually packing them in suitcase. Nice one.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Yes, I love how stylish it is too but great quality.

  6. LeAnna Brown
    April 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Looks like a great bag to head to the beach, pool or lake with! Could easily throw all the day’s supplies into it and be on our way
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Yes, easily!

  7. Rosemary
    April 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Always love to support companies that give back to the local community. Bonus, when the products are as stylish as this tote bag. Love the look of the bag. Nice!!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Yes… great company and stylish products! It’s great.

  8. Vicky and Buddy
    April 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I love that they’re giving back to the community! And the tote itself is very stylish. Like you said, it’s perfect for Florida!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Absolutely perfect for Florida or any warm destination!

  9. Lindsay Nieminen
    April 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This bag is ADORABLE! I want one for my next trip to the beach with the kids! The size looks perfect when I have the boys with me! It definitely will add some flare to my beach wardrobe!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

      So glad you think so! The size is just perfect.

  10. Megan Jerrard
    April 13, 2017 at 12:29 am

    A really gorgeous bag, thanks for the feature! I’m a very big supporter of any company who sets up to support local artisans and produce authentic local trade – LOVE it!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Me too! You’re very welcome, Meg 🙂

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