We recently were given an opportunity to interview handbag designer Patricia Nash about her current collection and where her brand  is going in the future. The quintessential embodiment of style, form and function, Patricia Nash Designs creates handbags and accessories that are made of beautiful, vegetable tan Italian leather. The company was founded in 2012 by the designer Patricia Nash who was inspired by her extensive international travels. Her current  collection pays homage to Old World craftsmanship through delicate, hand-finished detailing including hand-dying, hand-cutting, hand-sewing and a hand-embossed logo in every design. Patricia Nash Designs is based in Knoxville, TN, and sold in major retail department stores nationwide.

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  1. How long have you been designing?  Over 20 years
  2. Who is your greatest inspiration?  In my personal life, my mother. In my professional career, Donna Karen.
  3. Tell us a little bit about your current collection? Artisan detailing and handcrafted workmanship with a Bohemian 70s kind of feel but more Vintage European influence.
  4. What kind of girl would be seen wearing your handbag? As a matter of fact, I see daughters, mothers, and grandmothers wearing my handbags. The daughter because she thinks its retro, boho or trendy; the mother because she wore it as a young adult and brings her back; and the grandmother because she wore it as a teenager or in college and hasn’t seen anything like it since then. All of them also pick up on the European influences that inspire me and appreciate the Italian leather, “that London Vintage shop”, or that “Paris flea market print”.Beaumont_Choc
  5. Vanessa Hudgens and Elle Fanning are fans of your handbags, what other celebrity would you like to see wear one? So has Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. I would love to see my bags on Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Aniston, and Blake Lively. I love their classic styles.
  6. If you could give some advice to your younger self what would it be? Believe in your talent! Follow your passion! Don’t wait until you’re 50 years old to start your own brand. Find a mentor, get opinions, and if all positive go for it with a sound business plan.
  7. What can we expect to see from you in the future?  I will always stay true to the brand and its vintage European styling, old-world craftsmanship, and Italian leather.

To shop her collection click here