At a glance: Maptote is pretty much what it sounds like: a line of tote bags with maps on them, except that the maps are charming, personalized, and hand-drawn, and they do actually make more than just totes.
Who’s behind the brand? Seems only logical that when a stylist and a cartographer fall in love and start a family and a business together, that business would revolve around maps and design. That’s exactly what happened with Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick.
What do they do? Rachel and Michael were enamored with the simple cotton grocery totes that they saw everywhere on their 2006 vacation in Germany, and decided to create something similar, but more personalized. They started off with the graphic map of Brooklyn, and then added in other places they had ties to, and now the line has expanded exponentially and includes over 50 US locations and a dozen international ones. It’s still growing too, so if there’s a place you want to see immortalized with one of their snappy graphic prints, submit a request through their website. They’ve also greatly expanded their product line to include 8 different tote sizes and styles, travel pouches, onesies and t-shirts. Of course, what really makes them great are the designs, super quirky little hand-drawn maps with landmark icons on them. They’ll also do customized designs if you need, which would be a great idea for a wedding or something along those lines.
Where are they based? They’re based in Brooklyn, New York, and all their products are made locally – cut, sewn and printed right in Brooklyn.
What materials do they use? Most of their goods are made of 100% cotton, sourced in the USA, but they also have some totes made from denim and certified organic cotton.
Editors’ favorites from the line? It’s sort of impossible to pick a favorite here, since really it would be based on which cities you have ties to, so we’re just going to leave this one blank. Which one’s your favorite?
Where can I get the goods? Order from them here.