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 Spring    2020


Tote Bag


/ˈtōt ˌbaɡ/


noun: tote bag; plural noun: tote bags

  1. a large bag used for carrying a number of items


The Bob and Journey Family

As a working mother, devoted daughter, loving wife, fur baby mommy, breast cancer survivor and caretaker for my mother who is struggling with Alzheimer’s, my ‘tote bag of life’ is full of experiences. Creating beautiful handcrafted bags that are functional, fun and fully customizable is now a part of my journey.

I began my professional career as an invitation designer; I have always been inspired by color, texture, layering and fonts. For more than 12 years, in the mid-90’s I owned a successful invitation and gift boutique in Commack, New York (before on-line invitation ordering became commonplace). Once it became clear that the industry was rapidly changing, I made the very difficult to decision to close my boutique.

My experience, love for classic design and working with quality paper products led my next step in my design journey to Tiffany & Co. I was hired to manage the invitation department for the company’s flagship location on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Working in partnership with Tiffany’s exclusive paper provider, Crane & Co. was an amazing experience that had a profound impact on my design career.

As both my mother and father’s health began to deteriorate, I was forced to leave my job and devote my time to taking care of my parents. I am so grateful to have the option to be able to do this, however my creative soul needed an outlet!! I began sewing for fun; creating bags for myself and my daughter and blankets for my grandchildren. I walked into fabric stores, saw the textures, colors and the amazing possibilities and felt like a kid in a candy shop! One thing led to another, I was taking every class I could find, learning to embroider and purchasing machinery. Suddenly, bob and journey was born!

I have always had a particular love for bags and find I am constantly on the hunt for sustainable lightweight totes that are functional but also beautiful!. Surprisingly, not an easy thing to find; until now! I have taken my passion for designing totes one step further….I have made them customizable. I am excited to see what designs we can create together.

Looking forward to welcoming you on the bob and journey design experience!


Carol Botwinick

Designer & Founder

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