A Love For Leather
A Passion For Leather Design
A Love For Leather
A Passion For Leather Design
Over a decade has passed since Patricia introduced her own Patricia Nash Designs brand — marking the birth of iconic bags and accessories that have established a large, loyal, and passionate following. Today, Patricia's creations continue to respect the past and reimagine the future.
A beautiful, vintage tooled handbag found in her mother's closet inspired Patricia to create her first Patricia Nash handbag. History and heritage are woven into everything we do, from the printed and tooled leathers Patricia designs to the hand-finishing, care, and detailing that our craftspeople put into each piece.
Producing the finest quality leather begins with acquiring the best raw materials. We accept only the finest hides from trusted sources around the world. This ensures that no matter how we finish it, we are providing you with the very best leather available.
We have a large range of customized leathers and finishes created uniquely for our brand. Our leather products are 100% full grain leather with no synthetics or split leather components. As it is a natural product, full grain leathers show characteristics of stretch marks, scarring, or other markings, and there may be variation from hide to hide. These imperfections are not defects but are instead proof of the hide’s natural origin. We typically reject two out of every three skins, ensuring we have only the best-looking hides.
All of our leather products are constructed with handcrafted details. This includes burnishing, tooling, burning edges, sewing, braiding, and manufacturing, so that each piece is unique—no two are the same.
This full grain article is the most sought-after leather due to its high quality, luxurious hand feel and appearance. It is vegetable tanned leather made with an aniline water soluble dye, which does not mask the natural grain, markings or scars of the hide. This means the quality of the hides chosen for this process must be the most superior quality of all.
We also use this leather for many of our special tooled collections, continuing the tradition of hand-tooled European leather but with Patricia's modern, exclusive designs.
This leather is from full grain cowhides that are drummed in natural, organic tannins, such as the bark of the Italian mimosa tree, which is used to process our leather in a sustainable water recycling tannery. This method follows a tradition that is centuries old in Italy and around the world. One of the best features of our Vegetable Tanned Leather is that it develops a rich patina of high and low color over time, and it is the best leather finish for designs in which we apply embossing and debossing. The characteristic finished effect shows the natural grain of the leather, and the resulting variances in appearance are part of its natural beauty. The leather has a nice woody fragrance and a distinct appearance with unmatched durability.
Patricia's interpretations of maps and the artistry and elegance of her print designs are threads that connect our creations from our company's beginnings to today. We use full grain, vegetable tanned cowhides for our custom printed leathers. After the tanning process, each skin is roller pressed to allow the natural grain of the hide to show through, and this provides a more stable palette to apply the print that Patricia has developed exclusively for the brand.
Our process of creating printed leathers includes specific dyes to print deeply into the fibers of the hide. This requires skilled craftsmanship, and we accept a high number of losses due to the natural article of the cowhide and the different ways it absorbs ink.
The first map design was Signature Map, which is beloved and has a cult-like following. We now also have European Map (below), an instant classic.
In addition to iconic prints that are well-known and readily associated with the brand, Patricia regularly creates and releases new designs. She draws inspirations from her travels, memories, vintage bags and clothing, and cultural influences. The Italian Folklore print celebrates the beauty of Italy and its people. Drawing upon the lovely folk art of their culture, Patricia created this unique, special print.
Our Vintage Distressed Leather is also vegetable tanned full grain leather that has been treated with a natural oil additive, giving it an amazing grainy vintage texture. Over time it will continue to develop a patina of natural highs and lows in the color of the leather, and the hand feel will continue to soften. A very durable leather, it has both an elevated appearance as well as a casual look.
Another of our popular leathers, Vintage Croc Embossed Leather is a polished, undyed vegetable tanned leather. The permanent color is sprayed on, and then the leather is embossed. It is burnished by hand, which provides a refined, durable finish. It is an easier tanning process because no color dyes are added, but more manual labor is required to hand finish each skin, and the embossing gives it a wonderful dimensional look and feel that is classy and elegant.
Using the same hides as the croc embossed leather, this is also an undyed vegetable tanned leather. It is smoothly polished to create a top grain leather, which makes it ready for spraying permanent color, and it is then burnished by hand. With true heirloom qualities, this leather will last for decades and become even more beautiful over time. Depending upon the design, tooling and cutouts may also be applied.