One-of-a-kind, handmade handbags from billboard vinyl.
Designer Christopher C. Deam and I set out with the mindset to create the world’s best beach bag.
Introducing, TOMBOLO Totes
Our tote material is die cut from a single piece of thick & durable, bright & boldly colored billboard vinyl.
You might have seen other bags that are made from billboard material about as thick as a standard blue poly tarp you'd use to cover the pool or boat. Our billboard is 13oz 5-year vinyl -- the industry's premium material used to display giant 14x48-foot roadside ads -- and look good for years. We negotiated with ad companies to get material from factory-seconds or printing errors so the material your bag is made from is actually brand new, bright, and clean.
We fold each bag origami-style by hand before individually weaving 120-inches of durable climb-spec webbing for straps. This is the same rope material you'd use for slacklining or other climbing sports. Blue Water Ropes Inc., makes the webbing right here in the USA.
Each TOMBOLO Tote is assembled in Michigan through a program that provides vocational training and work experience for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those in need of employment.
Each bag measures 29 x 16.5 x 6.5” flat with a wide-mouth that opens to a 20"+ circular diameter. A precision die stamps the one-piece pattern from discarded outdoor advertisement art (billboard vinyl).
- The bag’s one-piece construction features four pockets
- Durable, waterproof, and UV-resistant
- Each is one-of-a-kind: designs vary from blank to bold
- Every year, enough vinyl is wasted in the US alone to more than cover the state of Massachusetts in a layer of billboard material
We selected climb-spec tubular webbing for comfortable shoulder straps
- Made in USA by Blue Water Ropes, a family-owned compan
- Lifetime warranty-
- Climbing rated to 4,000+ lbs.
Made in Michigan – Detroit area
- Assembled by Adapt, a sheltered workshop program that provides vocational training and work experience for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those in need of employment.
TOMBOLO is committed to using local, ethical labor that provides meaning and purpose - full scale sustainability.
Christopher C. Deam
of CCD Design
is an internationally recognized designer and architect negotiating the realm between architecture and product design. His work is part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and recognized by ICFF, and AIA honors and two Good Design Awards. His clients include Herman Miller, Airstream, Target, Dwell and more. Chris believes in design that is direct, honest, and unadorned to reveal enduring beauty through utilitarian functionality.
Jimmy Tomczak is a social entrepreneur with a mission to design, inspire, and connect. He founded Tombolo to sell innovative eco-friendly beach gear around the world. His company’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Mashable and more.