Where to Shop in Nashville: Emil Erwin Luxury Leather Goods

If you’re a Nashville native or visiting Music City, we have to share one of our favorite places in the city to shop: Emil Erwin, a luxury-leather-and-home-goods retailer offering wallets, belts, bags, furniture and more from longtime artisan, artist and designer Emil Congdon. Located in the up-and-coming Buchanon Arts District of the North Nashville neighborhood, a visit to Emil Erwin is well worth your time. Walking into the minimal yet elegant white-walled showroom, you’ll see the fruits of Congdon’s obsessive labor and meticulous craft, culminating in lifelong, specialty pieces that will endure in the way that only handmade, artisan-crafted pieces can.

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One of our favorites is the Augustine handbag, a sleek and refined leather bag available in a variety of colors, formed with a design that took Congdon years to perfect. Costing $1,695, each one takes over 40 hours to make by hand in-studio and must be ordered six months in advance. In addition to apparel, you’ll also find leather-upholstered furniture, barstools and home goods, which bring a refined, cozy touch to an office, business or residential space. And while Congdon definitely specializes in ultra-luxury pieces, knowing all that goes into developing each one and the level of extraordinary craftsmanship evidenced, it’s worth the investment in our book.

Emil Erwin
904 Buchanan St.
Nashville, Tennessee, 37208

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