Photo courtesy of Erin McRoberts
Awl Snap Up These Bags
Awl Snap's lust-worthy line of handmade bags are perfectly at home in chic Chicago boutiques and wine country lifestyle shops, and made in a Richmond art studio. Virginia leather worker Erin McRoberts uses hides sourced from all over the world, working their markings and imperfections into the character of each piece. Awl Snap has something for everyone, from delicate clutches and origami wallets, to sturdy waxed-canvas-and-leather backpacks and satchels. For a truly local souvenir, pick up a hand-stitched leather beer sleeve (with opener attached), just the right size to fit a Hardywood Virginia Blackberry Ale. Make an appointment to visit Erin in the studio and discuss your perfect bag (maybe a travel carryall with built-in beer holder?).
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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