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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.
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.
In 2008, musician-turned-craftsman Ryan Barr began tinkering with leather in his apartment in Virginia-Highland. Two years later, after working for a leather company and studying the craft in Mexico, Barr founded Whipping Post.