By JEFFREY H. MARTIN, Associated PressWEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
(AP) A leather pouff is a shoe made from a leather sole and has been around since at least the 1920s.
The leather tote bags and leather sneakers are a product of the 1990s.
Now, a leather toterbag is becoming a luxury item.
It’s being made from leather and can be purchased for as little as $25, according to a company in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The leather pout is worn by middle-class women and men who like to be dressed well.
They’re not trying to look stylish, but are looking to make a statement, said Kristin Gossman, a sales manager at Espinozas Leather Products in West Palmdale.
Gossman said that leather toters are typically worn by women who like the idea of a dressy look without being overly formal.
They look elegant with a suit and tie, she said.
The shoes come in a range of styles.
Some are slim with an all-over color palette, while others have an over-the-knee look.
The shoes can be a little pricey at $100, but Gossmann said she could see a $200 to $300 price tag for a toter bag.
The company is selling the toters through its website and online at Espinos.com.
The products have been around for years, said Daniel Buell, president of Espinosa, a West Palm beach-based company.
They started out as a novelty, but as the years passed they grew in popularity, he said.
They are still available at stores and online.
“We have had a lot of inquiries from women who want to wear the toter bags and the shoes.
We’ve had so many inquiries from people who want them,” Buella said.