Annie Williams is proof that you don’t need to live in a major fashion capital to gain a foothold in the industry. Based in Nashville, the up-and-coming handbag designer, who is perhaps best known as a singer-songwriter
building a following with her no-frills leather clutches and unisex weekender
totes. Williams got her start in Wyoming, making chalk bags for avid
rock-climbers, like her and her husband; she sewed them on an industrial Consew
machine, which she still uses today.