about a certain tooled leather purse & what this oh-so pretty handbag means
Located roughly 40 feet from our old apartment was Patricia Nash’s flagship store! I used to walk past those windows on a daily basis, drooling over her gorgeous tooled leather purses.
Which brings me here today, two years later, styling one of Patricia’s pretty purses & interviewing her too!
mom carried while I was growing up. I
also used to spot similar bags in her various antique stores back in
Memphis. Maybe this is why I’ve always
been drawn to Patricia Nash’s designs? I’m a sucker for anything vintage
inspired & the floral tooled details are just lovely.
designs, the answer was a whole lot of fun:
of handbags for all kinds of brands, different people. Over the years,
industry friends would frequently asked “why don’t you design your own brand’-
I have always had a love for vintage Italian bags and leather and collected
vintage bags from Europe for years BUT it wasn’t until I found a bag my mom had
in her closet for over 50 years, a gift from her Father In Law that i realized
that was it. If I could create a vintage inspired hand crafted artisan Italian
leather hand bag line at affordable prices would people buy it? It was so unique
and nostalgic of all generations, I went full force forward and never looked
shops to hand bag dealers in London, Paris, Milan, Bologna, and of course, her
mother’s closet. With the majority of
her bags coming in classic timeless silhouettes, I was surprised to see a few
trendier pieces in her latest collection, such as bucket bags & cross body
working on next and from what she said below, I’m so excited to see what’s to
but new bohemian tooling I have never done before , really old things like
medieval sunbursts and other tooling designs. And chain link leather
handbags from the Sixties!”
Florence, after the part of Italy it was inspired by.
to your shoes thing a few posts back? Well, I’ve been trying to follow it
lately and I’m starting to love how it seems to pull all of my outfits together
with my saddle bag, if I do say so myself.
touched on this dress yet!
sale for around $40!! I had had my eye on it all fall long, but didn’t have a
good enough excuse to make the commitment. Well per usual, the sale price got me
good. It has been tucked away in my
closet ever since, waiting for fall to make its appearance.
The bright orange flowers just screams fall to me, don’t they to you? Just one
look at this dress and I want to go apple picking in an orchard & then jump
into a pile of leaves.
None of which are possible in Houston, Texas – but I can live with that. 😉
park lane earrings, bracelet & ring c/o // patricia nash salerno saddle bag c/o //
francesca’s heels // sunglasses
This dress may be last season, and unfortunately sold out, but not to worry! I’ve linked several similar options, all at various price points too. 🙂
store, I always wondered, why Knoxville? After all, the magic behind Patricia
Nash’s gorgeous handbags occurs mostly in the St. Croce area, between Pisa
& Florence, Italy. (PS: I want to go to there!)
area, but her husband is a developer with a passion for architecture &
restoring old buildings. If you haven’t been to Knoxville before, the downtown
area is filled with new restaurants, shops & apartments all inhabiting the loveliest
of old, interesting buildings. What better place for Patricia Nash’s flagship
boutique to be, than tucked right inside the heart of downtown Knoxville.
basically my favorite little pub/eatery in all of Knoxville. Patrick and I would
go there for dinner and drinks ALL the time! We even celebrated our college
graduations & engagement there! Small world, huh?
leather details remind me of my mother and the story behind the purse reminds
me of where we used to live. Don’t you love it when you can apply
thoughts/memories like that to an everyday item? Sure makes fashion a whole lot