I’ve been looking for an affordable basic non-cotton tote that I can carry around and last week, I came across a black one at Artbox in AMK Hub. I was in a hurry and so I didn’t get it. I also didn’t notice the brand, except that I thought it looked like the Rootote that Tine has.
ROO Pocket adapted from the pouch of a kangaroo
Today, I was at the shop again and confirmed that they’re indeed Rootote, which is a line of canvas totes from Japan (made in China though) with interesting prints and designs. The unique selling point of these totes is their signature “ROO Pocket”, a cleverly concealed zippered side pocket adapted from the pouch of a kangaroo. If you’re a tote lover, I’m quite certain you’ll go ga-ga over the collection. They have 10 types of Rootote in Japan with even special designer versions commissioned from well-known artists, authors and illustrators such as Andy Warhol, Ed Emberley and Fumitake Uchida.
Rootote Medium more roomy & spacious
I had in mind the Rootote Medium Dot, which is in black. However, my husband didn’t like it and suggested two others. Eventually, I picked the Rootote Medium Corner and I realized that it’s the same one that Paris Beaverbanks had picked too, only after going over her entry again. Talk about having the same taste!
The workmanship is fairly sturdy and not shoddy but don’t expect too much. The medium tote is more roomy than their tall counterparts with a broader base, making it easy for you to reach for your items. I would have liked it better if they had a button or zip to close the opening of the tote but as you can see from the picture here, the tote bag is very useful with the various internal pouches. I haven’t figured out what to put in the ROO pocket though.
A number of Rootote Tall designs available
Anyway, at a price tag of S$19.90, I wouldn’t be surprised that I’ll end up getting another one soon. However, Artbox doesn’t have that many designs as what you see at the Japanese or the Australian websites. What they have are mostly Rootote Medium in Cotton and Polyester in the Fun Outing range as well as those cutesy designs from the RT. MED-Curieux range. There were only a limited number of Rootote Tall designs. But I think Artbox might bring in new designs soon because the shop updates their merchandise frequently. The SA also told me that Rootote is available at Raffles (not exactly sure where) for double the price!
So if you’ve been eyeing Rootote and do not want to get them online, you can always check them out at Artbox. Like the other two ladies, I’m loving my Rootote because it’s really functional and unique! I know I’ll like to have Camo for sure.
Now if only we can also have the Shinzi Katoh tote bags from Japan.