I was thrilled when I found out equestrian accessory brand, Atelier CG, was a Los Angeles local! I was even more thrilled when owner/designer Cindy invited me to visit her studio.
The Atelier CG studio resides in Burbank (a very horse-centric town and home to the LA Equestrian Center), where a converted garage holds the creative space for German-born Cindy. Inspired by a love of horses, Atelier CG’s designs reflect the rustic yet chic aesthetic that is undeniably equestrian. Soft, neutral-toned leathers and quality hardware make for accessories that remind you of your favorite pieces of tack, and the craftsmanship and materials give these accessories the ability to stand the test of time.
From bags made from butter soft leather with reins used for straps to leather-laced bracelets, the brand stays true to its slogan, “Don’t let them tame you.” This phrase is etched on one of their bracelets, which is one of my favorites – I wound up not being able to leave without one for myself. When I see the little inscription, I’m reminded to take that leap of faith, to take a chance, and most of all, to stay true to myself.
Everything Atelier CG is made by hand. The hardware is custom-cast, the leather is laced through the curb chains by Cindy herself. The materials she uses are specifically chosen for comfort and durability – for instance, she uses stainless steel because it doesn’t tarnish and turn your skin green. Everything feels high-quality and substantial, and the leathers are soft and supple.
I love things that are made with intent and passion, and everything from Atelier CG is truly a creative brainchild of Cindy. I feel honored to have been able to see where she creates. When you buy an Atelier CG design, you’re not getting something mass-manufactured, you’re getting something made with love by the designer herself, and I think that’s super cool. Below are some photos I took in the studio and my ACG Top Picks – ps, check out how cute Cindy’s dog is in his custom Atelier CG collar!
My Atelier CG Top Picks:
- Tobiano Horse Shoe Bangle: Simple, sleek, and a great reminder: “Don’t let them tame you.”
2. Appaloosa Bracelet: Mixed metals + soft leather = equestrian luxury.
3. Marwari Mini Tote: Butter soft leather and an asymmetrical rein shoulder strap make this bag perfect for equestrians.