The small-batch leather and canvas accessories by Glad & Young Studio are as fun-loving as they are functional. Offering bags and purses with playful accents, the Cabbagetown brand makes good on its namesake, an E. E. Cummings poem embracing joyful spontaneity. “Most things on the market are very utilitarian. We wanted to make something more feminine, more colorful,” says Erica Verges, who designs and handcrafts each piece alongside cofounder Anna Bryant. The friends met when they were both tending bar (Bryant at Krog Bar and Verges at Victory Sandwich Bar) and launched their business in 2016, drawing off Verges’s third-generation seamstressing experience and Bryant’s degree in graphic design. They now mix patterns in lieu of cocktails. Available at Brick+Mortar. gladandyoungstudio.com
This article appears in our May 2018 issue.