What made you want to start Ceri Hoover Bags?
It really was a happy accident. I love designing beautiful things and had been drawn to textiles and fabrics, and since I was into interior design at the time, I loved designing pillows. One day, I had made a cowhide pillow and realized it made a great clutch. I started carrying it around and then I was hooked. Before long I had half a dozen designs and was rearranging my future.
What are your current design influences?
That's almost impossible to say. I am inspired by everything and everyone I experience. There a a number of designers that I love- many here in town- and I'm inspired by their creativity and their spark.
Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.
Simplicity, timelessness, complementary, and artfulness
Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That says what you're all about?
Maybe it's because it is my newest, but I think I am most proud of the Alys collection it has almost no hardware, has this beautiful shape and texture, and is completely new. It is both practical and edgy. I just love it.
What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?
It just feels like we are all in the middle of something great. Maybe not San Francisco in the late sixties or Seattle in the 90's, but similar. Like we have all found this well of inspiration in a city that is transforming right in front of us. It's really neat.