A business that began over 25 years ago out of the back of a 40-foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion at lightning speed and set the standards for others to meet. With nearly 90 Kenneth Cole domestic retail stores, 65 internationally, and Kenneth Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. Although shoes were his background and his initial claim to fame, Kenneth Cole has changed the accessory landscape in creating handbags that are well-made and great looking at an accessible price-point to women worldwide.
Designer and entrepreneur Patricia Nash moved to Knoxville in 1999 where she began creating handbags for dozens of household brands. She loved Tennessee so much that when the company decided to move to Los Angeles, Patricia left the company to stay in Knoxville. Considering her next career move, Patricia was lured to New York City and commuted there weekly for several years designing for other brands. In 2007, Patricia moved back to Knoxville and launched a company to license and produce handbags for other brands. Soon however, after much inspiration and encouragement, she launched her namesake brand Patricia Nash Designs in 2010 - a line of affordable hand-crafted leather bags inspired by memories of travel, family, and her life. Her collections pay homage to vintage craftsmanship through delicate, hand-finished detailing and a fresh take on timeless styles. Patricia Nash's lifestyle brand has now grown to include Gift Items, Scarves, Luggage, Footwear and Nash for Men, and can be found in major retailers across the US including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, and HSN. In 2019, the brand will launch Jewelry and Fashion accessories, and can also be found on QVC.