Harriett Hendren: Handbags have a hold on designer Patricia Nash

hhendren@herald-leader.comNovember 21, 2013 

Patricia Nash's Venezia Pouch in a zebra print is $128.


Designer Patricia Nash knows her handbags. Her collection is carried by retailers including Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's.

Nash grew up admiring vintage bags like those in her mother's closet and has a fondness for old, artisan styles with handcrafted details. When friends suggested Nash create her own line, she told them, "When I find something that's really special, I'll do it myself."

With Patricia Nash Handbags, launched in 2010, Nash says she's captured the essence of her favorite styles. "We just tried to hold on to that integrity of that Old World craftsmanship," she said.

Nash's fall and winter collection includes cross-body pouches, versatile totes, and wallets with details such as hand stitching and embossed leather.

Nash will be at Dillard's in Fayette Mall from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

She says she always gleans ideas for designs by talking to her customers. How do they like to carry the bag? Is the zipper in the right spot?

"I've learned so much, so now I'm able to critique my designs by having all the functionality and little quirky things that we women like in our bags."

More shopping news

■ The Lexington Art Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lexington Center, 430 West Vine Street. You'll find jewelry, glass art, paintings, photography and more. Admission is $6, good for both days. Go to Holidayartshows.com for more info.

■ Room Service, 933 Liberty Road, will host an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A $100 gift card will be given away, and many new items will be 20 percent off.

■ The Great Dames at 925 Liberty Road will have its annual holiday open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free monogramming will be available on all linens purchased at a special discount during the event.

■ Boxwood, 840 Winchester Road, will host an open house in honor of Kentucky Refugee Ministries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Handcrafted merchandise by members of the refugee community will include leather goods, needlework, jewelry, stationery and toys. Refreshments will be served.

■ The next NoLi Night Market is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Food will be from Grind Burgers, Fork in the Road Mobile Galley and Minton's @ 760 and beer will be from West Sixth Brewing.

■ During the holiday sale at Carl Meyers, 111 Clay Avenue, cashmere sweaters, jackets, coats and dresses are discounted 20 percent to 50 percent.

■ Saturday is Holiday Hop in the downtown Paris Antiques & Gallery District, with 10 businesses offering special events, discounts, refreshments and giveaways throughout the day.

■ Historic Duncan Tavern, 323 High Street in Paris, will host a holiday market 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will offer handmade jewelry, hats, scarves, accessories, antique clocks, Shaker trays and boxes, and more.

■ ABN Rug Gallery from Atlanta will be at Thoroughbred Antique Gallery, 637 East Main Street, from Friday through Sunday for a tent sale in the parking lot.

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Blog: Fashfood.bloginky.com.

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