COMPANY

To make an honest living from an art form has always seemed, to me, to be the pinnacle of success. I just never thought mine would be from leather work. I started out as a songwriter. While attending college in Wyoming, a small record label found and brought me to Nashville, TN to make records. In college I sewed for a living, so in Nashville I did the same. In 2009, I bought an industrial machine and took contract work to supplement music. At this time, I had found some leather scraps at a friends sewing studio and starting messing around with bag ideas. While making a delivery of aprons to a coffee shop, the owners spotted a leather clutch I had made for myself. They asked to order a few, so in 2010 I bought a full hide and made the first three sales.

After a year, the demand for the leather pocketbooks rose so much, my form of flexible self-employment was trumping its original intent. Music was falling back into purely a cathartic release category, and leather was buying my bread and butter. I never intended on making a small business out of leather work, but it was happening inevitably. So, in January 2012, I found a studio space and made my business official.

I love working with my hands and I love leather. I embrace a minimal design approach in order to showcase the natural beauty of the hide. My dear friend and professional cellist, Claire Indie, has fulfilled my main design purpose by carrying her clutch everyday as well as multiple times on the red carpet. To have a durable pocketbook that can streamline from the AM to PM is a dream to me.  I am most contented when living honest and simple, so I aim to create a product that is the same.

All bags are handcut and machine sewn in my Germantown studio in Nashville, TN. Hides are sourced from the U.S. in small batches, so each color is limited. Products are offered at my studio showroom and at a few boutiques in NYC, Jackson Hole, WY & Nashville, TN.

If you find yourself in Nashville, feel free to stop by the studio >> by appointment only.

 

100 Taylor St.
Nashville, TN
info[at]annie-williams.com