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.
For more information, visit www.sesherrick.com.
Photos: Mikael Kennedy ; Courtesy of Susan Sherrick