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News and Updates

Welcome Fall

Welcome Fall

It's been a while since I've posted. We had a busy summer sending out orders, meeting new customers at gifts shows, and choosing new styles to add to our collection.  Straw totes and purses aren't just for summer. We love seeing how our customers are using their woven ata grass bags now that the cooler weather is here. They look great with jeans, a sweater, and a pair of leather boots.   Would you like to share pictures of yourself with your True Tropic Bag? If so, send them to faith@truetropic.com. We would love to share them. Happy October, Faith 

The Round Rattan Basket Bags Are Here!

The Round Rattan Basket Bags Are Here!

Summer 2017's hottest bag is here!  Our customers have been asking for the authentic Bohemian shoulder bag, and True Tropic is excited to finally have them in stock.  You've probably seen these hand woven bags in magazines and the popular fashion bloggers.  They are designed to be big enough to fit your phone, small wallet, and other small essentials.  As always, we offer free shipping and send out next business day from the US.

New Bali Handbags Have Arrived!

New Bali Handbags Have Arrived!

Due to overwhelming demand, True Tropic has just received a new order of our woven Ata bags from Bali! Not only have we restocked some of our most popular crossbody bags, but the large Maureen tote (one of our several bags featured by fashion bloggers) is ready just in time for vacation. Based on customer feedback, we have introduced four new bag styles to our collection (including a larger lidded crossbody bag and a tote with beautiful leather accent.)  Follow us on on Instagram, Facebook, or www.truetropic.com

Caring for your Bali Ata Grass Handbag

Many people have asked me how to care for their True Tropic bag. The Ata grass (sometimes spelled Ate or Arta ) is a type of vine which is indigenous to the volcanic foothills of the island of Bali, Indonesia. In its natural state, it is much stronger than Rattan and more rigid and structured than Straw, and the weaving process used by the skilled artisans of the Tenganan region makes for a very durable work of art. With a modest amount of care, your basket purse will last a lifetime. I still have the first Ata bag I bought over 15 years ago. To clean, simply wipe your basket purse with a damp rag and allow to air dry. When in storage, you can keep it in a cotton bag to keep the dust away. If needed, simply blow the dust away with a blow dryer or the type of compressed air used to clean a computer keyboard. Most of all, enjoy your Bali Bag.

The Leandra Clutches are back!

The Leandra Clutches are back!

We are so excited to announce that a new shipment of our sold out Leandra Clutches have finally arrived from Bali!  After fulfilling orders from our wait list,  we now have a limited quantity of the beautiful Ata Grass cross body clutches. True Tropic has full inventory of all our bags, and we are able to ship immediately from our U.S. office.  Make sure to order yours while supplies last!

Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!

True Tropic is off to a great start this spring.  Our first major shipment arrived in early April, and we have been running since then.  The response we are getting has been so positive.    We recently had our retail debut at Initial Reaction in Fairfield, Ct, and it was a success.  It was great to see so many friends and neighbors come out to support our new venture.  We are so happy to be able to stay at this wonderful shop so if you are in the area, please try to stop by to see our latest styles.     With Mother's Day approaching, a True Tropic purse would be a perfect gift for any mother.  You can be sure that no one else will have the same bag!  

Welcome to True Tropic!

Thank you for visiting our site.  After much hard work (and a lot of patience) I'm so excited to finally have True Tropic up and running! Many people have asked me in the past year why I decided to sell purses from Bali. It's a very good question. I purchased my very first Bali Ata bag about 15 years ago from a small upscale gift shop and immediately fell in love with it.  I had never seen anything like it before.  Every time I used it, I would get compliments-even from men!  It's still in great shape today.  Since then, I've tried to find other Bali Bags to give as gifts, but haven't had any luck.  Now I know why. I decided to start a business that would bring Ata Bags to the U.S. and have a variety of designs and sizes.  Once I started my research, I learned that these bags are made from Ata Grass which only grows on the Eastern end of Bali.  Also, they are hand-crafted by a skilled group of Balinese people who have learned this art of weaving through many generations.  Because they take up to a month to make and even longer to ship to the U.S, it became apparent to me why they were so hard to find. Please have fun looking through our debut collection. We have many new styles arriving in the next month.  You can sign up if you would like to be alerted once they hit the dock! Thanks for reading! Faith