Style File: Annie Get Your Bag

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Apr 5th 2013, 19:22

Annie Williams is proof that you don’t need to live in a major fashion capital to gain a foothold in the industry. Based in Nashville, the up-and-coming handbag designer, who is perhaps best known as a singer-songwriter , is building a following with her no-frills leather clutches and unisex weekender totes. Williams got her start in Wyoming, making chalk bags for avid rock-climbers, like her and her husband; she sewed them on an industrial Consew machine, which she still uses today.

Upon moving to Tennessee for her musical pursuits, Williams met a local who stoked her leather obsession and ultimately became her go-to source for all things tanned. The designer described her secret weapon as “a country-bumpkin man out in the woods who knows where all these closed-down factories are and scores me all kinds of amazing scraps and whole hides for cheap—I’d be happy just staring at a whole hide all day,” she told After several people put in personal requests for bags like the one she’d been toting around, Williams decided to start producing and wholesaling them in small batches. Fall ’13 is Williams’ fourth official collection, and this season she began incorporating natural wool into her designs. “There’s an emphasis on form and function. I let the materials speak for themselves,” she said of her bags, which feature vintage hardware details. Williams plans to grow her brand organically while still spending as much time in the recording studio as possible. A range of home goods—like throw rugs and pillows—is also in the works. “I like having full control, and still want to have my hand on everything.”

Annie Williams’ bags ($200 to $800) are currently sold on her Web site, and in select boutiques, including Clic Gallery in New York.

—Brittany Adams

Photo: Courtsey of Annie Williams

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