Local Focus: Ceri Hoover Bags

January 13, 2015

Ceri Hoover is one of the best new designers in Nashville. Her premium leather handbags are chic and timeless—the very definition of not trying too hard. I had the pleasure of spending a quiet Saturday morning at her Marathon Village studio and showroom with photographer John Branam. Enjoy this peek inside my favorite new brand based in Nashville.

It all started with a pillow. Ceri comes from a background in interior design, and while working on a cowhide pillow a few years ago, she was surprised to discover that it made a pretty cute clutch. As she says, design inspiration comes from “anything . . . from a simple flower vase to the colors I see while obsessing over interior design spaces.

She officially launched Ceri Hoover bags in January 2013. Each bag’s craftsmanship is sourced from some of the finest leather purveyors around the world, including Italy and Brazil. Ceri creates prototypes in her Marathon Village location with the help of a small, dedicated team and utilizes several factories in the U.S. for larger volume production.

John Branam Photography

I first fell in love with Ceri Hoover bags during my Local Focus with Stacey Rhodes Boutique, and it’s a treat to spotlight such yummy leather in its own feature. What's coming up next for CH?  They’re thrilled to be a part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition event in February on Lower Broadway. Only in Nashville.