The Record Tote
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This tough record bag is handcrafted with you in mind; it is dependable, good looking, and strong as hell. Designed to hold 15+ albums, this structured Cone Denim tote bag has reinforced interior seams and a wood base to distribute weight evenly and protect your vinyl records. With a secure zippered opening and an outer pocket for your wallet and phone- it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. No fussy detailing, bulky padding, or unnecessary branding- just the essentials.
Our bag is a stylish and strong alternative to the ubiquitous record store freebie tote unraveling in your closet. The protective wood base fits securely in an interior base pocket. The body of our tote is made with experimental salt and pepper Cone Denim, from the now closed White Oak plant in South Carolina, the last US based White Oak plant to ever operate. This slim bag fits comfortably over the shoulder, with wide cotton shoulder straps help make record schlepping a little less burdensome.
- Fabric Body: Experimental Black and White Cone Denim
- Fabric Base: 24oz Black canvas
- Base: Birch wood
- Additional: Black cotton webbing, Black Leather zipper pulls, US YKK Brass Zipper
This is a product collaboration with Joshuvela, a studio that shares our values in crafting beautiful, durable and useful goods, sustainably sourced materials with fair trade and labor practices. Designed and constructed by a three-person design and production team at the base of Potrero Hill in San Francisco.
- Dimensions: 14” x 13.5”x 4.5”
- Capacity: 15+ records OR 4 bottles of wine
- Strap Drop: 12"
All the finishing details from the US-made brass zipper, exterior pocket and leather zipper pulls come together to create your new everyday indispensable do-everything bag.
Everything in our shop is a perfect pairing with the tote!
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR ORDER
All our products are handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. Orders are processed for shipment within 3-5 business days of your order date. When your order is ready for shipment, you'll receive an email with an estimated delivery date and tracking. All our products ship in branded Koeppel Design boxes. Ordering a gift? You can request a handwritten note on a cute letterpress card for no additional cost at checkout.
All in-stock items are processed for shipment within 3-9 business days of your order date. While your order may be processed faster than this, please keep this timeline in mind!
Once your order is processed and packaged for shipment, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with a tracking code and estimated delivery date. Please allow up to 24 hours for carrier tracking codes to activate after you have received the shipping confirmation.
CUSTOM ITEMS: Made-to-order products take an average of 3-5 weeks to produce. If your order includes custom and in-stock products, the entire order will ship together once custom items are finished.
All products ship in branded, heavy-duty cardboard boxes. All invoices and receipts are emailed, and no printed purchase or price information is included in our packages. Some international orders will include a printed commercial invoice inside the sealed shipping label pouch, depending on individual requirements in your country.
The average transit time is 3–7 business days for all domestic US shipments via USPS and UPS. Please note that UPS does not deliver to PO boxes.
We ship worldwide from San Francisco via UPS, DHL, and limited USPS service.
The average transit time for UPS and DHL is 2–5 business days and includes tracking.USPS is available in limited regions and the transit time is between 1-2 weeks.USPS does not include international tracking services to all regions.
All customers outside the US may be subject to customs duties, and other fees/taxes upon the shipment's arrival in your country. These charges must be paid by the recipient. We are unable to advise or estimate specific customs and tax regulations in each country, as customs policies are set by the destination country, not the US. All international customers must carefully monitor tracking to ensure their package is claimed and all duties paid at customs. Unclaimed packages are automatically returned or treated as abandoned in some regions. We are unable to offer any refunds on shipping or import fees.
If you live outside the US and are considering ordering multiple items, we may be able to offer a lower shipping rate by boxing multiple items in the smallest available box. Email us and let us know the details of your order and we'll send you an estimate for the lowest shipping rate available. If you’re ordering just one item, the shipping rates provided at checkout will be the cheapest available.
If you are local to the Bay Area and would like to pick up your order in person, we offer free pick-up at our studio in San Francisco. Pickup is available Monday–Friday, 11–6 PM in the Bayview neighborhood. At checkout select 'Free Local Pickup'. Once your order is ready in 3-9 days you will receive pick-up instructions by email.
Koeppel Design is not liable for lost or stolen packages and releases responsibility upon transfer of the order to the shipping carrier. We are not responsible for shipping delays due to inclement weather, or other carrier-related service delays. Please confirm your shipping address is complete prior to checkout, as this may delay your order. Koeppel Design will not be held responsible for additional shipping charges incurred if packages are returned to our store due to customer absence, errors in shipping addresses, or package refusal. If you refuse any shipments from Koeppel Design, you remain responsible for all original shipping charges, and the cost of returning the package to us. We will subtract this amount from your merchandise credit if any.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take for my order to ship?
All in-stock orders are processed by our small team within 3-9 business days of your order date. While your order may be processed faster than this, please keep this timeline in mind. When your order is ready for shipment, you'll receive an email with an estimated delivery date and package tracking code. If your order includes a custom or pre-order product, the whole order will be held until all items are ready for shipment. All custom items take an average of 3-5 weeks to produce. If your order includes in-stock and custom items, the entire order will be held until all items can ship together.
How are orders packaged?
All receipts are sent by email, we do not include printed order information or invoices in our packages, unless it is sent internationally*. All orders are packaged in branded, heavy-duty cardboard boxes. All boxes, paper packing tape, inserts and fill material are all now 100% recyclable (including the stickers and tape!) with the exception of the outer plastic mailing label sleeve (please remove the plastic pouch before recycling the box). *International orders will include a printed commercial invoice or digital invoice included with the mailing label, depending on individual requirements by country.
If I pay for expedited shipping, will my order ship faster?
Expedited shipping refers to the transit time AFTER it leaves our studio. Expedited shipping will not shorten the processing time of 3-9 days before your order ships. If you have any concerns about when your order might arrive, please email us prior to purchase, and we can give you an up-to-date estimate on processing times/when your order will ship.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes! We ship worldwide with UPS and DHL, both services include customs service and tracking. In some regions we offer limited USPS service, which does not include customs service or tracking. You can get an exact shipping estimate on any product by following these steps: add product(s) to your cart, then click on the cart icon and enter your shipping address. This will allow you to preview the shipping rate for each shipping method available in your area.
If you live outside the US and are considering ordering multiple items, email us and let us know the products you'd like to order and we'll send you an estimate for the lowest shipping rate available. Sometimes we're able to help you get a lower rate by packaging multiple items together in a single box, rather than multiple big boxes. If you’re ordering just one item, the shipping rates provided at checkout will be the cheapest available.
Will I have to pay customs fees if I am ordering from outside the USA?
Customers outside the US may be subject to import taxes, customs duties, and other fees upon the shipment's arrival in your country. These fees are set by the destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient. Contact your local customs office for further information.
Can you give an estimate of the customs fee if I'm ordering from outside the USA?
We are unable to advise or estimate specific customs fees, as customs policies are set by destination country. Policies vary by country and can change at any time. For additional information, read our complete shipping policy and contact your local customs office for current fee rates.
Can you please mark this as a gift on the customs form so I don't have to pay customs?
No. We are required to follow US law without exceptions. All orders are automatically submitted with full USD value on customs forms and will include a digital or printed commercial invoice when required by law.
How much space does each record divider take up?
Each divider is about the same thickness of one gatefold album [1/4 of an inch ~ 6mm]. 6 panel sets will take the space of about 6 gatefolds or 1.5 inches of shelf space. All divider products have a shelf space measurement in each listing under ‘MEASUREMENTS’.
Why use wood record dividers?
This question is really best answered in two parts:
1. Why use dividers at all? Our dividers will help you browse easily, find a specific album quickly, and help you refile records without a hassle or require any memory games to find the right spot. We believe a well-organized collection will be a frequently-used one, so with our dividers you'll spend more time enjoying your collection rather than searching through it. Having a visual organizing system will prevent lost records, and will also help prolong the life and value of your vinyl collection by reducing wear and tear. Instead of thumbing through your collection, you can go directly to the section you need. And one more benefit: and if you share your collection with friends and family, having a system for organizing will make it easier for everyone to put records back where they belong, so you’ll be less annoyed/stressed when sharing your amazing collection!
2. Why use wood dividers? Aside from being beautiful and durable, wood dividers won't create static, which is why wood dividers are a superior option to plastic or metal dividers. Beautiful wood dividers are just really inviting, and will encourage you and your family and friends to spend more time enjoying and exploring your collection.
How many dividers do I need if I have [insert number of records]?
The exact number of dividers you need may depend on a few factors: how many records you have, how many different genres you collect, how much storage space you have, how much organization you actually want, and how big your collection might grow in the next 5-10 years. You can mix and match many of our products so you can build the set of dividers you need. By no means absolute, here is a helpful guide:
25-100+ records 2-5 dividers150-300+ records 6-11 dividers500-1500+ records 11-26 dividers2000-10,000+ records [at this size, we’d want to get specific with you to help you build a system that will work best for your collection!How should I care for my dividers?
Treat our wood products the same way you treat your vinyl records! Store products in a dry, moderate-temperature environment and handle with clean hands. Panels may be wiped clean of dust with a soft cloth. All wood is photosensitive and may change color over time depending on the lighting and UV conditions in your home. Even indirect, but bright natural light can impact wood color over time. Direct sunlight, harsh bright lighting may speed the color change of wood products in your home (and your records too). During shipping, extreme temperatures or abrupt changes in humidity may cause slight and temporary warping of wood panels. To remedy any warping, simply stack all your wood panels on top of one another, and weigh down with a stack of heavy books or other weight on top. Wood should return to a flat state overnight.
Will my order look exactly like the photographs?
The design will be exactly as pictured, however you should expect slight variations in wood color, burn and grain. All of the wood is hand-selected for quality, however natural (and cool) variations may occur. Each piece of wood may have small unique visual differences. Depending on the sap content of the wood, there may be very slight variations in the burn color, and overall wood color may vary slightly, depending on the season the wood was harvested.
What is the difference between engraved and gold lettering?
Our gold products are engraved then an additional gold-fill is hand-applied to the engraved lettering/design- producing a beautiful metallic gold finish. The gold we create has a subtle metallic shimmer, and is a bit darker in color than the standard engraving. Here’s a blog post explaining all lettering options and here’s a quick photo comparison of all lettering options.
Can I buy replacement panels?
Yes, if you've had an accident or damaged a panel (perhaps caused by a teething puppy...true story) we can send you individual replacement panels as needed. Just send us an email!
Do you ever have sales?
Typically we have an online sample sale 1-2 times a year, when we offer second quality, product experiments, samples and/or discontinued products for sale from 10-60% off. The best way to find out about our sales is to sign up for our email newsletter.
Do you ever offer free shipping?
Free shipping is rarely ever truly free- the environmental impact of “free shipping” is pretty terrifying. For that reason, we do not offer free shipping as it does not align with our values as a business. .
Why is there a price difference between stenciled, engraved and gold record dividers?
Stencil products are cut once on our laser beds, while engraved sets are engraved on both sides of every panel and take nearly twice the amount of time on the laser bed and in post-production, which makes them more costly to produce. Our gold products are engraved on both sides, then require additional skilled labor and additional time to hand-apply the beautiful gold finish to all engraved lettering.
Why are these products so damn expensive?
The short answer: Every product is designed, handcrafted and packaged by hand, by a tiny team of skilled workers. We design original, quality products, made with quality materials, designed to last. We believe handcrafting skills are valuable, but too often undervalued. The long answer: Our products are a labor of love, and we take great pride in creating a useful and durable handcrafted product. Our business operates on the principle that every element of our production should be responsibly considered and carefully sourced, so that we can create a high quality product for our clients. We practice environmentally safe production practices and purchase supplies and tools and services from locally owned Bay Area and California businesses whenever possible. When local isn't an option, we work with US-owned and operated small businesses. Working with local and/or small US businesses allows us to have complete control over every element of our products, and it helps support our community of local businesses and fellow makers.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes! We offer laser-cut wood gift certificates in any amount from $50 and up. The wood certificate is made from the same wood as all of our products, so the recipient will know exactly how our products look and feel like. Gift certificates are valid only in our online shop and do not expire. We also offer digital gift cards!
Do you offer gift wrapping?
We do not gift wrap, however all of our products are gift-ready in a carefully packaged box. All invoices are emailed, no printed purchase or price information is included in our packages. If you'd like us to include a special message or gift note in the package, just let us know at checkout and we'll include a handwritten note on a cute letterpress notecard for no additional cost.
When are custom dividers available for purchase?
We offer customizable dividers in a variety of sizes and styles for records, books and other small media. Check our custom product collection for availability and lead times. Average production lead time on custom products is 3-5 weeks. During extremely busy production periods (Mid-November through January) custom orders are not available.
I need a lot of custom dividers, can I get a discount?
We offer a 5% discount on orders of 12 or more custom panels when ordered at the same time. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Need help placing a large custom order? Email us directly and we'll be happy to help out and apply the discount to a manual electronic invoice.
How long will it take to produce my custom order?
Depending on the quantity ordered and our production queue, production time on custom orders is typically 3–5 weeks. During particularly busy periods (like the holidays), we suspend custom ordering. We’re always happy to be able to give an updated estimate of production times by email, and lead time is always provided at the time of ordering.
Do you offer different typefaces/fonts/lettering styles?
We currently offer 3 beautiful lettering options: Stencil (cut out), Futura (engraved) and Gold Futura (engraved with metallic gold lettering). If none of those options are to your liking, you are welcome to send us an email with a request for a custom order. For custom typefaces we have an order minimum of $300 and your typeface must meet our requirements for legibility and production (as well as our harder-to-define approval specs for aesthetics, etc).
Can you engrave a KISS logo on my dividers?
Unless you own the KISS copyright, we cannot. For all logos or custom artwork, Koeppel Design assumes you have obtained the rights to reproduce any copyrighted or trademarked images, logos, or artwork you have provided to be reproduced, and accepts no legal responsibility for reproducing legally protected materials.
Can you make dividers with tabs in a different place or the letters reversed?
Yes! To speed up the design process, send us an email with the exact product you want, with an explanation of how you'd like to customize the set (ex: tabs on top, letters turned 90 degrees, etc). Quick customizations like this cost an additional $15-25 depending on the number of panels and take 3-5 weeks to produce after payment is received.
Can I request a custom size or different shape of wood panel?
We're happy to work with you to make the custom wood panel set of your dreams. We make custom sets for CD, DVD, and 10-inch record collections, record cabinets, media storage and more. Just ask! If you have a piece of furniture that you'd like us to make custom dividers for, we can do that, too! Our products are compatible with many popular cabinets, shelving and vinyl storage furniture brands, including
I own a record store/record label, can you make custom logo panels or a custom set of genre panels for my shop?
We love working with labels and record shops interested in ordering larger quantities of custom panels. Custom design rates and file setup fees apply. We offer retailer discounts for larger orders. Contact us to start the conversation!.
What is your return policy?
We accept returns of unused product in original packaging and original new condition within 14 days of delivery. Sale items and custom orders are not eligible for return or exchange. Please refer to our returns and exchanges policy for a full explanation of our return policy. During the holiday period of November 1 - January 15 our return/exchange period is extended from 14 days to 30 days from date of delivery.
I received my order, but I want to exchange it for a different product, can you help?
Yes! For standard products, exchanges may be made within 14 days of delivery. All claims must be authorized by Koeppel Design by email prior to exchange. Custom products are not eligible for return or exchange. To be eligible for an exchange, your item must be unused and in the original packaging. Please refer to our returns and exchanges policy for additional information.
How are these products made?
All our wood products are laser-cut and engraved by highly accurate laser cutting machines. Every other part of the pre-production and post-production process is done completely by hand. All of our wood products are hand-sanded to ensure a clean, smooth finish. Every product we produce goes through multiple rounds of inspection to ensure we're delivering the strongest, cleanest and most useful product we can.
What kind of wood is used to make these products?
All our wood products are made from an untreated and unsealed high-grade Birch multi-ply wood, which is carefully sourced and inspected for quality and consistency. We source the best quality Birch plywood with low/minimal mineral streaking, knots, patches and low glue content. This isn't low-grade hobbyist Baltic Birch commonly found at home improvement and hobby stores. All our wood dividers are 1/4” / 6 mm thick, and we do not use thinner inferior 1/8” / 3 mm plywood because it is prone to chipping and warping. We do not use medium-density fibreboard (MDF) engineered wood in any of our products.
Who designs and produces this collection?
This collection is made locally by a small team of craftswomen in San Francisco, California led by designer and founder, Kate Koeppel. All of our products and packaging are designed and manufactured by Koeppel Design in California. A few of our products are manufactured by small and/or local partners, always in the USA.
What is laser cutting?
Laser cutting machines use a high-powered laser beam to cut and engrave a variety of materials. The laser is extremely precise, making clean cuts and/or etching by vaporizing material in its pathway. These machines are guided by computer-generated designs, which set the parameters for laser cutting. The process, although beautiful and very precise, can be time consuming depending on the complexity of the design and the material.
Are your products available for wholesale?
Due to ongoing supply chain issues, our current wholesale line is currently limited (updated April 2022). If you are a store owner or buyer interested in carrying the collection in the US or outside, please use our wholesale inquiry form to introduce yourself! We carefully select our retail partners, giving preference to brick and mortar shops.