Maptote

Brooklyn,  NY 
United States
http://www.maptote.com
  • Booth: 7250

We’ve been handmaking our popular tote bags, wine totes, zip pouches, and more right here in Brooklyn since 2006. We’re a small, independent business who believe in making unique and functional products for your everyday adventures.


 Show Specials

  • Receive Free Domestic Shipping on orders over $500.00 placed at the show! Make sure to mention this special when placing your order. 

 Press Releases

  • When a stylist and a cartographer fall in love and get married, what do they make (besides babies)?  In the case of Brooklyn couple Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick, they create Maptote, a line of products decorated with maps of locales both domestic and exotic.  At Maptote, Rachel and Michael get asked the same questions over and over again. Below is a Q & A that will help you better understand them, their brand and the process that goes into making a Maptote.

    How did Maptote get its start?

    In 2006, we went on vacation to Germany where we noticed grocery stores were selling simple cotton reusable tote bags.  All the cities we went to had their own totes, so we purchased several and brought them back as souvenirs for our friends.  Everyone loved them and so did we, but we wanted a tote for our city – Brooklyn.  We’d been toying around with the idea of starting our own company, but we weren't sure what it would be. Then this Brooklyn tote idea came into play, and voila - Maptote was born!  

    What are your backgrounds?

    Rachel escaped the mean streets of Boca Raton, Florida for New York City to study art at New York University.  After graduating from NYU, she earned a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. Rachel immediately began working as a designer and transitioned into a fashion stylist. 

    Michael grew up in sunny San Diego, CA, and attended the University of Oregon, where he cultivated his love of nature and the outdoors.  He then studied Geographic Information System (GIS), a cartography program, at the University of Melbourne, before working for engineering design firms back in the US. 

    How and where are Maptote products made?

    We personally source our fabric.  All our totes are made with US cotton. The fabric is cut, sewn and printed here in Brooklyn, NY.  We love visiting our factories so that we can watch our products being made and know exactly who is making them.  We’re very hands on with the entire process even though it makes us crazy sometimes.  It gives us a real connection to our products.

    What products do you offer, how do you decide what location to do next & what is the design process like? 

    We started with a simple cotton tote bag - our grocery tote - and that grew to various styles of tote bags.  We continued expanding to wine totes, zip pouches, note cards, posters and baby one-pieces.   

    At first we chose cities and locations we had lived in, loved or visited. Now we get commissioned to do new locations. Once we decide on a new place, we find insider information through research and talking to locals. We try to have fun with the design.  It’s more about the feel of the city and a local’s perspective, rather than being a completely accurate, technical map. And its for locals and visitors alike.  For instance, we always feel like we’ve done our job when a Brooklynite sports one of our Brooklyn products.  

    With whom have you collaborated?

    Over the years, we’ve collaborated with L’Occitaine, Bryant Park, Pendleton, the Brooklyn Museum, HBO, Martha Stewart and many more! We also have some new exciting collaborations in the works.    

    What's next for you and Maptote?

    We plan to continue to add new products and locations. There are so many more places out there that we want to do! We strive to balance our work and family, while getting some sleep every now and then. Raising our two kids, Naomi and Max, in Brooklyn can be crazy sometimes but so rewarding! We love that they are always excited to be a part of our photoshoots and come into the office to learn more about the family business; those little moments keep us inspired as we plan for Maptote’s next steps. 

  • Bold text and icons are the inspiration for this years new product additions. A catch-all tray for your keys, candy or jewelry can now remind you of your favorite location! Trays adorned with icons from your favorite city in pastel hues have been added to our line - designs include Boston, Brooklyn, California, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. We have also added new locations to our ever popular font baby one-piece. Find new designs for Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Seattle and Texas. Babies from coast to coast can now rep their city with these new bright, bold one-pieces.  In addition to all this newness, we have been fortunate to partner with amazing companies creating unique and exclusive products.  Some of our recent collaborations include projects with Bloomingdales, L'Occitane, The Cooper Hewitt, HBO and many others!
  • Be the hostess with the mostess with our new round tray and fresh, blue tea towel. We're expanding our home line with more

    localized designs. Our Round Tray is a nod to kitschy vintage serving trays with updated bright colors and our favorite map

    designs. Available in Boston, Brooklyn, California, New York City, and Portland. They are ready to serve cocktails this holiday

    season. Add a splash of blue to any kitchen with our new, beautifully dyed flour sac towel, as they are available in our most

    iconic locations. We're growing in many markets and are expanding a few of our lines. Keep a lookout for more Colorado,

    Washington DC and Chicago items. We are so fortunate to work many amazing companies to create unique and exclusive

    collections. Some of our recent collaborations include projects with L’Occitane, HBO, The Cooper Hewitt, Pendleton,

    L.L. Bean, Lululemon, and many more!

    Started in 2006, husband and wife team Rachel & Michael Berick created their first tote bag featuring a map of Brooklyn and

    haven't stopped since. Located in Brooklyn, we proudly design and manufacture the majority of our products right in our

    borough with the rest in the USA. For more information and a complete list of Maptote products featuring more than 70 popular

    locales around the world, visit www.maptote.com. Contact Maptote directly at info@maptote.com.


 Products

  • Maptote - Brooklyn Grocery Tote
    Perfect for toting around groceries and all your daily necessities<br />100% natural cotton (7 oz canvas)<br />Approximately 15.5″ x 14″ with 21" handles<br />Made in Brooklyn, NY...

  • 100% natural cotton (7 oz canvas)
    Approximately 15.5″ x 14″ with 21" handles
  • Maptote - California Coin Purse
    The perfect size to keep the essentials, 100% natural cotton (10oz canvas), Approximately 5″ x 4″, with 2 color printing and Made in Brooklyn, NY...

    • The perfect size to keep the essentials
    • 100% natural cotton (10oz canvas)
    • Approximately 5″ x 4″, with 2 color printing
    • Made in Brooklyn, NY
  • Maptote - San Francisco Small Tray
    A catch all tray for your keys, candy or jewelry to remind you of your favorite location. Made of lightweight fiberglass, 4.25" x 6". Made in the USA....

    • A catch all tray for your keys, candy or jewelry to remind you of your favorite location
    • Lightweight fiberglass
    • 4.25" x 6"
    • Made in the USA
    • Also Available in Boston, Brooklyn, Califronia, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Texas
  • Maptote - Philadelphia Font Baby One- Piece
    You're never too young to start spreading your city pride with our organic baby one-piece. 100% certified organic cotton knit and hand silk screened with water based ink. Available in sizes 3-6, 6-12 and 12-18 months and Made in the USA!...

    • You're never too young to start spreading your city pride with our organic baby one-piece
    • 100% certified organic cotton knit and hand silk screened with water based ink
    • This item is not intended for sleep wear
    • Available in sizes 3-6, 6-12 and 12-18 months
    • Made in the USA
    • Also available in Boston, Brooklyn, California, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Texas
  • Maptote - Boston Tea Towel
    Clean up a mess or add some color to your kitchen with our playful tea towels , 100% cotton recycled flour sac. Approximately 21" x 32". Made in the USA....

    • Clean up a mess or add some color to your kitchen with our playful tea towels 
    • 100% cotton recycled flour sac 
    • Approximately 21" x 32"
    • Made in the USA
    • Also availble in Brooklyn, California, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Texas.
  • Maptote - Texas Mug
    A favorite mug for your favorite place. 11oz ceramic. Approximately 3.5″ x 4". Mug made in China. Designed and Printed in the USA....

    • A favorite mug for your favorite place.
    • 11oz ceramic
    • Approximately 3.5″ x 4"
    • Mug made in China. Designed and Printed in the USA.
    • Also available in Boston, Brooklyn, Califronia, Los Angeles, New York, PHiladelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Texas, and Washington D.C.
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