As the daughter of a poet-slash-illustrator and a fashion designer, Hannah Tatar grew up in a magical world of creativity. On a quest for a more stable version of an artist’s life, she left her hometown of Cleveland to study art history at Vassar College. But once she started spending time in the field, Hannah found herself feeling removed from the art itself and missed having a hands-on experience. During a stint abroad post-graduation, necessity sent her back to her crafty roots, she says: “I lived in France for a while and didn’t have a work visa, so I spent a lot of time making art. I realized quickly that this is what I want to be doing all of the time and that I should just trust that.”
She followed her gut straight to San Francisco where she set up shop near a great leather store. Soon after, in 2017, she launched Hannah Emile (Emile for her middle name), her own line of geometric bags in electric-colored leather. “I knew that I wanted to make things that had longevity,” she explains. “Leather goods can be used for years and still have life in them.” And that gives her life.