My friend Susan Sherrick has great style, an easy, casual chic that finds her as comfortable in a pair of jeans, a vintage concert T-shirt, and Dieppa Restrepo boots as in a lovely floral Rachel Comey dress and Isabel Marant pumps.

No matter what she’s wearing, Susan is always carrying a smart leather bag of her own design. In the year and a half since she moved to Nashville (in addition to designing, Susan is a longtime art dealer, having worked gigs in major galleries in NYC and San Francisco; she’s also my partner in Joint), the bags she makes under the name S.E. Sherrick Leatherworks have generated a bit of a cult following among Music City women who appreciate the elegant simplicity of her signature styles, among them a fold-over clutch and long-bodied travel bag. Her bags are made from cowhide sourced from Chicago’s famed Horween Leather Company and close with sturdy brass zippers that have become a hallmark of her work.


Susan comes by her appreciation for working with hides naturally: Back in her home state of Pennsylvania, her motorcycle-riding dad runs C. Rusty Sherrick Custom Leather Works, a custom holster company, with a private client base including U.S. government bigs and Middle Eastern royalty. After a few years of sewing for her own enjoyment while still making waves in the international art world, Susan turned her hobby into a full-fledged business when she moved to Nashville in 2012.

Last year, she approached Nashville’s beloved denim company Imogene + Willie about collaborating on a few exclusive products for the brand; the resulting black travel bag and pebbled cream clutch (pictured, below) are both sellouts for the label. No matter: Earlier this month, Susan debuted a new Web site, where all of her designs are available in one place.

I can personally attest to the fabulousness of the fold-over clutches. I have an early version of the small (11-by-12 inch) style, made from a batch of leather that Susan told me once covered the seat of a vintage Jaguar; I get compliments on it constantly. The large (11-by-14 inch) clutch made from navy pebbled leather that I got right before the holidays has become my go-to bag in New York this winter.

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Photos: Mikael Kennedy [1]; Courtesy of Susan Sherrick


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Libby Callaway

Creative Consultant
Libby Callaway has held many jobs during her professional career, and to some degree they've all involved clothes. At various times, in New York City and Nashville, Tennessee, she has ...