We brought in these tiny farm animals from Tanglewood Farm, a “town” of miniature animals near Canton, to check out our favorite spring satchels by local designers and artisans. No goats to tote? These work for picnics, shopping, and festivals, too.
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R. Riveter accessories, like the “Mrs. Doyle” tote here, are entirely handmade by military spouses across the country. Based in Dahlonega near Camp Merrill, the company works in the spirit of Rosie and uses recycled military materials, like Army tent canvas. $260
Plywood People brings jobs to the refugee community in Clarkston, just outside of Atlanta. This tote, made by the artisan Ehdo, from Burma, is from a line of bags using upcycled billboards and banners donated by local outdoor advertising companies.
Designer Matt Weaver hand-makes these canvas and leather totes from his condo in Midtown. He continues a tradition of family craftspeople, sewing on a worktable below a 1940s photograph of his grandfather at work as a cobbler in Cedartown.
This tote, the “Ravenna,” is made of metallic gold linen with a magenta cotton lining—but you can custom-design yours via an online studio. The company, founded by Atlanta native Brittany Martin, produces bags, blankets, and baby products in Athens.
This article originally appeared in our April 2014 issue under the headline "Tangling with Totes."