UTILITY by Yu Mei

Introducing the UTILITY ecosystem—eight pieces designed to transfer and fit seamlessly within each other and the Yu Mei mainline, the next step in our pursuit of creating modern tools and thoughtful carrying solutions. Designed to streamline daily life and informed by our own experiences of living, working and travelling, we’ve created a collection of UTILITY pieces that work together to simplify everything you pack and carry in a day.

The UTILITY number system denotes the compatibility of pieces within the Yu Mei product offering. Our leather range and each UTILITY tote are assigned a value—and holds within it a sum of implements that make up its total.

UTILITY by Yu Mei is engineered exclusively in ECONYL® regenerated nylon. The material is created by recovering nylon waste, such as fishing nets, carpets and industrial waste destined for landfill. The waste is recycled to its original purity through a radical regeneration and purification process, into quality nylon yarn.

For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved, and 65,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided—reducing the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with new material made from oil.

But let’s start with the basics—a step-by-step guide to the Art of Packing.


Select Your Large Bag

The big bag, for those heavy duty carrying jobs. When selecting yours, consider—what do you carry in a day? Do you like to throw everything in, or prefer to keep organised with separate pockets and compartments? Do you want something more casual and relaxed, with a draped shape? Or something more structured for your professional self?

1.00 Landscape Tote

The Landscape Tote [1] proportioned to suit the most substantial carrying jobs, the perfect home for your Large Organiser. Made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon—this bag will weather wetness and cleverly converts from a tote to a well organised baby bag and gym bag for heavy-duty travel duffle, the next step in our pursuit of creating modern tools and thoughtful carrying solutions.

0.75 Portrait Tote

The Portrait Tote [2] is a spaciously sized bag, suited to commuters, travellers and beach-goers. This book bag features leather handles and fastens with toggle closure, and generously fits our Medium Organiser and laptops of all sizes. Essential for those on the go, that want a fit for purpose bag—and don't mind a bit of rough and tumble.

0.45 Teresa Tote

The Teresa Tote [3] is one of our more spacious hold-alls, thanks to her deep bucket shape. It fits a laptop (and a Bolton Folio to keep said laptop safe), spare jumper, iPhone, notebook—even a pair of gym shoes. A relaxed fit makes her easy to stuff and go, while her buttery soft deer nappa exterior ensures perpetual chicness.

0.65 Braidy Bag

Our best-selling Braidy Bag [4] is universally popular for its ability to hold a 13" laptop—the bag’s shape was inspired by the now-obsolete plastic shopping bag, with a triangular shape in the gusset.

0.75 Claudia Tote

Our Claudia Tote [5] is the ideal bag for those who need to carry a lot and want to look good doing it—from mothers to gym-goers to regular travellers. With enough room to pack for an overnight trip or as a carry-on, Claudia is unfussy in shape and practical in proportion. It features an exterior pocket that unzips at the bottom, transforming into a sleeve to slide over your suitcase handle.

Select Your Organiser

Organisers are not only great tools to keep the contents of your large bag organised, they’re also practical ways to make your daily life easier. Conveniently catalogue your personal items, no matter how little or much—all sized organisers are designed to transfer and fit seamlessly within each other and the Yu Mei mainline pieces. Remember, our leather range and each UTILITY tote are assigned a value—and holds within it a sum of implements that make up its total, so check you’re choosing the size that will work with your carrying wardrobe.

0.80 Large Organiser

Engineered for heavy lifting—the Large Organiser [1] features 15 specifically designed areas, function is at the fore of this design. This piece allows for easy conversion of the Landscape or Tom Tote to a gym or baby bag.

0.50 Medium Organiser

Elevate your carrying experience with the Medium Organiser [2]—designed to conveniently catalogue your daily commute. The Medium Organiser houses your phone, keys and—plus laptop, chargers, files and light gym gear or travel essentials.

0.30 Small Organiser

The Small Organiser [3] is essential for storing your keys, phone, wallet, glasses and chargers—ensuring items remain right where you left them for easy transition between bags.


The 'Teresa Tote' and 'Bolton Folio' travel well hand in hand.

Our 'Sonja Tote', perfect for pairing with our 'Adrian Envelope'.

Choose Your Medium Bag

‘Medium bags’ are an essential piece of your capsule carrying wardrobe. Stow away in your large bag or organiser so it’s handy to pop out to lunch with, or take to that event you forgot was in your calendar.

Choose Your Implements

The last piece of the tetris puzzle, implements are designed to lay flat and file on top of one another. Pouches and envelopes house makeup, skincare, cables, pencils, pens and everything else you find at the bottom of your bag. Cable ties add an extra layer of organisation to tangled cords, simply loop, wrap and secure—leave them attached to your cords so they travel with you wherever you go—a system engineered for fully-fledged function.

0.15 Pouch

The Emily Pouch reimagined in ECONYL® regenerated nylon. Designed for organising makeup brushes, bottles, ointments and creams. Pockets for cotton buds, hair ties and gua sha tools, or equally suited for cable and technology convenience.

0.10 Envelope

Suitable for documents, boarding passes, hair ties, hand creams, pens and pencils—the much loved Adrian Envelope, now in ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon.

0.05 Cable Ties

The final piece of the UTILITY puzzle—Cable Ties are a simple idea designed to do away with cord chaos. A set of three convenient cable ties. Slip over cables so they are always at hand, and button around wrapped cords to keep them from tangling.

The 'Suki Clutch' and 'Scrunchie Vi' bag are the ideal medium companions. They collate neatly into our large range on your morning commute, and keep you company on your dash to lunch. Easy!

'Rebecca Bag' is another safe option, one of our original designs, refined for neat carrying. The strap is detachable, allowing Rebecca to moonlight as a clutch.

Choose your Small Leather Goods

Small leather goods keep your small items safe and easily to hand. The range includes wallets of varying sizes—from slimline cardholders for the most minimal among us, to larger wallets that can carry an abundance of cash, cards and coins. We also have a cushioned eyeglass case to keep your frames safe, and a key fob and clippable clutch that attach to the D-links in our larger styles, always at the ready.

Care and protect

Proper care ensures your leather goods will be fit for a lifetime of use. Familiarise yourself with our care guide for premium leathers and specialty fabrics, or enquire about our Bag Laundry service for more stubborn mishaps.

Recycle

Extend the useful life of your beloved bags and accessories by submitting to our circularity programme, the Buyback Initiative. If you have a bag that you’re finding you no longer use, submit it to us. You’ll receive a credit towards your next purchase, and we’ll refurbish your bag and match it with a loving new owner, preventing waste and encouraging conscious consumption.

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