Patricia Nash Headquarters and Showroom, 1132 N. Sixth Ave., Knoxville, October 2016
Last week I showed you a photo or two taken from outside the new Patricia Nash corporate headquarters and showroom. The grand opening late last week offered the opportunity for a look around inside the space. It’s one of the best looking interior spaces I’ve seen any of our many building rehabs. Jeffrey Nash (developer and husband to Patricia) built a beautiful space.
The photographs tell the story. From the entry foyer and throughout, nice touches set the space apart. Wood flooring from the original building were kept where possible, which is always appreciated, but the replacement flooring in spots where that wasn’t possible is also beautiful and beautifully matched to the old.
The showroom itself is much larger and functional than the old, smaller showroom on the 100 block. That the smaller space had been outgrown was clearly on display in the new space. The new offices are spaciously arranged and attractive. Senior Graphic Designer Derek Trimble pointed out how much more attractive the new space is to potential employees, describing the cramped quarters the group shared in the older space.
Housing corporate offices, the new building is also where new products are designed. Sample products are shipped to the location and many of them find their way into the showroom, which is both used to tour potential buyers for retail outlets, as well as for customer shopping. All the products utilize Italian leather, but are manufactured in China.
Among the information being discussed by representatives of the company, like Derek and Suzanne Kontz, Marketing Manager, I was surprised to learn that online orders are filled from the new location. If I’m understanding that correctly, it means that if you see it online, you should be able to pick it up in their new location.
A wide range of work by local artisans, many of which have be profiled here, sparkles throughout the new space. High Resolutions (article here) does all the wall wraps – a feature that sets the tone for the space. Heuristic Workshop, located on Jackson Avenue, designed and built the furniture. Preston Farabow from Ironwood Studios built the chandeliers. The one pictured here is representative, but the one in the foyer is even more spectacular.
The line has expanded to include men’s bags, wallets, journals, footwear and accessories in addition to the purses and luggage they’ve built their reputation around. You’ll find it all at the new location, which is about a three minute drive from the heart of downtown, and is located just off Hall of Fame at the approximate intersection of Fourth and Gill and Parkridge. They are open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.