LaPlace Leather is the creative brainchild of Nancy LaPlace. Born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee Nancy holds a B.S. in Geology and a M.S. in Geological Oceanography. Nancy spent time living in Florida and returned to Tennessee to raise her two children and pursue a career in banking and finance. In 2008 Nancy discovered her talent for creating beautiful objects and she launched a handmade jewelry business. The joy she found in designing functional art, combined with a love of leather, lead to an exploration of bag making. The medium and the maker clicked instantly and Nancy now operates a full time handcrafted leather arts studio in Memphis.


Nancy draws her inspiration from the natural world. Backpacking, horseback riding and scuba diving fuel her appreciation for the grand designs and serenity of nature. Nancy echos nature’s elegant power through her use of bold shapes, clean lines and exacting details. She field tests her designs, evolving practical and versatile features that she blends with innovative touches. As in nature, this results in creations that are both functional and beautiful.

Nancy works with USA cowhides of the highest quality which are specially dyed to create an artfully weathered appearance. This emphasizes the leathers healed scars, scratches and wrinkles that in turn make each bag a unique reflection of the ruggedness of life. These marks of time are protected by waxes and oils applied during the finishing of the distressed leather. This also gives Nancy's bags a luxurious softness and elegant drape often referred to as a 'broken-in' quality.

All of Nancy’s creations are branded with her bold double L logo. Nancy takes advantage of the lightweight and durable characteristics of the distressed leather to add pockets, adjustable straps and other design features that make her bags unusually versatile. Rolled and glued seams, the highest quality bonded nylon thread and premium YKK zippers are marks of Nancy’s superior construction techniques.

Bucket feet, double full fold straps and solid brass hardware add to the high quality craftsmanship. Certain of this quality, Nancy offers a Lifetime Guarantee with her bags: LaPlace Leather will repair any feature on a bag that has broken or has worn out in the course of normal use.


Nancy and her handbags, beverage totes and leather accessories can be seen at juried arts & crafts events throughout the southeastern United States. She also attends wholesale markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York. Upscale boutiques, fine craft galleries and other purveyors of fine leather goods from coast to coast carry LaPlace Leather’s contemporary American craftwork.