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November 16, 2015


Mini Buckets

Atlanta’s Laura Slate Shope has made form and function her calling card. And it shows in her modern and minimalist collection of hand-made bags.

The founder & background: Grew up in Marietta, GA. She credit her parents (her mother is a seamstress and taught her to sew at an early age) and grandparents for her creative genes. Earned an industrial design degree from Georgia Tech and moved to San Francisco to work in the design trade for 10 years. In 2009, Shope and her husband moved back to Atlanta.

The company: Very Fine South started in Atlanta in 2013. Shope designs, cuts, sews and finishes the bags — from clutches and totes to bucket bags — in her Candler Park home studio.

The name: After a decade in San Francisco, I realized more than ever what an amazing place the South is. As a fifth-generation Atlantan, I believe we have a culture that is truly special.

Materials: Leather, canvas and unique animal hides.

What’s popular: The original bag, the Bette (a waxed-canvas cross body, $155) was the bag that started the business. It remains a favorite. In the newer Enso leather collection ($205 to $435),

Recent best sellers: Bucket Tote ($435) and the Mini Bucket ($285 & shown above), which adjusts to be a shoulder bag or cross-body bag.

Claim to fame: A couple of high-profile fashion bloggers and stylists carried my bags during New York Fashion Week. Their posts on Instagram put my designs in front of thousands of new eyes, and brought orders globally. I recently shipped the Springbok clutch ($525) to Australia.

What’s new: Metallic leather versions of a couple of the best sellers, like the Mini Bucket, for the holidays.

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