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Ice Cream Innovator Jeni Britton Bauer on Nashville’s Best Accessories Store

Handmade leather goods shop Emil Erwin sets the trends in Nashville.

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As part of our new series on the best stores in the world, Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, tells us about her favorite place to buy accessories.


I would nominate Emil Erwin as my favorite accessories store. Emil makes really stylish leather bags that I covet. They are minimal in design, making the materials and craftsmanship all the more important. Each bag is made by hand and with attention to the tiniest details.

Whatever is going on in Nashville, Emil Erwin seems to be ahead of it and to have played a role in what becomes stylish. Each year they update their designs, and you have to get your order in early because they don't make it until you order it. Behind their counter is an enormous wall sculpture that, when you look closely, you realize is made of shotgun shells. — Jeni Britton Bauer

the interior of Emil Erwin in Nashville Photo: Emil Erwin

Emil Erwin
904 Buchanan St., Nashville
Thursday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Bauer is the founder of and culinary mind behind the cult-favorite Ohio-based ice cream shop Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, where she’s known for wacky and addictive flavors like hot toddy sorbet, salted peanut butter with chocolate, and churro ice cream. She’s also the James Beard Award-winning author of two cookbooks.