Designer Patricia Nash launched her namesake brand, Patricia Nash Designs, in 2010, to an overwhelmingly positive response. This hometown brand of affordable handcrafted vintage Italian leather bags is inspired by memories of travel, family and her life. Nash’s lifestyle brand has now grown to include gift items, scarves, luggage, footwear and Nash for Men, and can be found in her Knoxville store as well as major retailers across the U.S.
Nash loves Knoxville and hopes to recruit and grow talent here as they grow the business. The company is also interested in learning from its hometown Knoxville customers about their preferences and shopping habits.
To mold the future pipeline of skilled designers, distribution, social media marketing and logistics professionals, Patricia Nash Designs is establishing an internship and job shadowing program across multiple job functions. “We hope that by offering students a real-life glimpse into the fast-paced fashion industry and our operations, we will enhance their career paths and also gain some insight into possible innovations we could be implementing and testing across departments, in particular, social marketing,” says Nash.