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Roswell resident Jonathan Sams debuts a bag collection, Aubrey Jai, in honor of his daughter

Most designers and inventors spend years obsessing before launching a product line. But Roswell resident Jonathan Sams jumped quickly on one good idea.
Tiny handbags

The incredible shrinking handbag: These trendy micro-purses are so tiny, they’re more like jewelry

Does form always need to follow function? This season, apparently not. Handbags of the moment are smaller than the most petite clutch or crossbody phone case.
Glad & Young

Atlanta-based Glad & Young’s leather bags are all about spontaneity

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.
Neely & Chloe

Westside Provisions District welcomes a stylish holiday guest: Neely & Chloe

Following their recent cross-country tour in a renovated Airstream trailer, the designers are making their way back to the Westside Provisions District to host a pop-up shop just in time for the holidays—this time in their first brick-and-mortar boutique.
Ashley Alves

Luxurious and ecoconscious: Ashley Alves’s handbags strike the balance

Patchworking silks. Hand-embroidering hibiscus. Silk-screening original drawings. Designer Ashley Alves does it all for her new 38-piece collection of ecoconscious, luxe handbags, Bolsa Verde.
3rd & Hudson

Local Find: 3rd & Hudson’s chic diaper bags

It doesn’t take a mother’s intuition to know diaper bags are the Croc of handbags. But after the birth of her first child, Parsons School of Design grad Sasha Fridy realized she didn’t want to sacrifice fashion for function.
Mel Boteri

Designer spotlight: Mel Boteri handbags

Melanie Mueller Prince launched her luxury handbag company in Atlanta nearly six years ago, but she got a hefty boost recently when Glee actress Lea Michele Instagrammed a photo of her new Mel Boteri tassel key chain.

Purses with purpose: Whitby helps fund education for underprivileged girls

You’d be hard-pressed to describe most luxury handbags as having a “social mission,” unless you count impressing the wearer’s friends at a cocktail party. Not so for Atlanta-based Whitby Handbags’ line of Saffiano leather arm candy, which helps fund education for underprivileged girls around the globe.

Now Open: Akris at Buckhead Atlanta

The sixth Akris boutique in the U.S. opened at Buckhead Atlanta in August. The sleek, modern brand, founded in Switzerland in 1922, is known for double-faced materials and digital photo printing techniques.

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