After a stint in New York, one native Southerner moved below the Mason-Dixon and was pleased to discover a Brooklyn-y design scene with a creative spirit all its own. Feeling crafty in A-Town? Put these designers and their goods at the top of your shopping list.
The call back South has been ringing in my ears since I left, inescapable like the humidity of North Carolina summers. I didn't realize the depth of my Southern roots until I tried to plant them in New York City. Last month, after three years of shuffling between Brooklyn and Manhattan, I moved to Atlanta with my husband Ben — not too far from home in North Carolina, but just far enough.
Though happy to be back, we were relieved to find that familiar Brooklyn-y energy we loved. People are making things in Atlanta! And I wanted to find them. With the help of a few gracious shop owners ping-ponging me around town, I discovered a set of creatives worth watching no matter where you live. Atlanta is the Empire State of the South after all.
Shop these 5 Atlanta designers and their goods on your next trip South — or from the comfort of your couch.