Montco Brand Has International Reach, But Owner Wants Foothold in Philly

NKHenry owner
Image via Nikki Henry at the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Nikki Henry.

Montgomery County business owner Nikki Henry was looking at a Kate Spade bag when inspiration struck. Despite not having a fashion background or even knowing how to sew, Henry knew immediately that it was her calling to start a handbag brand, writes Lisa Dukart for the Philadelphia Business Journal.  

At first, she shut the idea down.

She had a background in social work from Temple University, but the notion would still resurface over the years.

It wasn’t until she got a catalog in the mail from a studio advertising fashion classes that Henry started to act.  

“I looked at that as a sign,” she said. “When I look at NKHenry and just think about my whole journey, this has to be what they call fate or destiny. Because there’s no other way to explain it.” 

She launched her company in 2009, and since then, it has seen international success.

Henry’s friend taught her how to sew, and she was soon able to design and pattern her own bags and make samples.  

Henry says she mostly draws her inspiration from French styles and everyday life. Her collection includes cross bodies, shoulder bags, belt bags and totes ranging from $119-$183.  

Around 60 percent of her business is from Europe, but Henry doesn’t have a stake in the Philadelphia area. She’s hoping to change that through pop-up events throughout her city.  

Read more about the Montgomery County handbag brand in the Philadelphia Business Journal.  

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