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Neva Opet Leather Bags 

About Neva Opet

Neva Opet offers original, handmade bags and accessories crafted by hand in small batches out of Atlanta, GA.  We believe in simplicity of design and excellent craftsmanship.  Our line emphasizes subdued colors and shapes with a minimal and modern aesthetic to produce pieces that can be carried anywhere.


Each item is made to order in house with quality and sustainability in mind.  We use a beautifly rugged oil tan leather, free of a plastic top coating.  Due to its natural uncoated nature, this allows our leather to grow in character with age and patina over time.  Your bag should work as hard as you do.  Beat it up and wear it forever!  





Our Small But Mighty Team:
Rachael- Owner/ Designer
rachael riedinger neva opet
  Rachael is an entirely self taught designer and leather worker.  Born in Louisiana, she currently lives and works out of Atlanta, GA after receiving her BA in Art History.  Guided by a creative force at a young age, Rachael picked up sewing with the hopes of one day becoming a fashion designer.  After a few unfulfilling post college jobs, she decided she needed a creative outlet and decided to switch fabric for leather.  After falling in love with the character of leather and the bag making process, she took her hobby full-time during Fall of 2014.  Rachael and team member Kelly, sew and finish each and every item that leave the studio doors.  She aims to bring every woman a well-made  bag that lasts through years and trends.  


Corrie- Cutting Lead/ Production Assistant  

corrie ladd cutting lead

     Corrie joined our team in February of 2018.  Her role as our cutting lead is the first and critical step in our production of your bag.  Before cutting each pattern, she meticulously inspects each hide to ensure you receive the best looking piece of leather!  She is a detail oriented Pisces and a 6th generation Floridian now living in Pine Lake, GA with her boyfriend Marshall and their dog Christmas.  (Fun fact: their pup bears the holiday namesake when she was found running down a local Atlanta road on December 25th.  She was shortly adopted soon after the two attempted to find her owners.)  When she is not in the studio wielding a rotary cutter, you can find her creating jewelry and housewares in her home studio under her brand Korai Goods.


    Kelly- Sewing Team Member


    Meet Kelly Cano. She joined our team in October of 2018.  Here at Neva Opet, Kelly works with us to sew and assemble each individual bag with the utmost attention to detail.  She may be new to Atlanta but her sewing goes back a bit longer. Kelly’s adoration for textiles and vintage began as a young girl whose mother preferred a yard sale or thrift store to the mall. Due to the outrageous number of cute old man pants that never fit quite right, Kelly taught herself to sew while living in a DIY art space in Denver, Co. Kelly also runs a small tailoring business out of her house and makes handmade dolls from vintage and recycled fabrics under the name Sad Day Pal.





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