Overlap Sewing Studio is devoted to making things for life. Every product is created with the idea that goods should be beautiful, long-lasting, and function like a dream. We source the highest quality American made materials, for the highest quality finished product. When we can't finish all the sewing here in the studio, we get help from a local non-profit that is helping to bring sewing manufacturing back to North Carolina through their job training program. There are no fads here, just well thought out, handcrafted items for well thought out people.
Leigh Anne Hilbert is a self-taught leather worker, designer, educator, and business owner. Hilbert received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from James Madison University and moved to Asheville in 2008 after an extensive career in the San Francisco arts community. There she was a costumer for productions including the San Francisco Opera and Ballet as well as at the University of Berkeley School of Theater and Dance. Following, she became an instructor and curator at Creativity Explored - a visual art center for people with disabilities.
Born and raised in Grayson County, VA, Hilbert and her family moved back east to be closer to home. She quickly set up a community-driven, mixed-use studio and store front in the old Dry Goods Shop on Haywood Road. A pioneer in the revitalization of West Asheville, the storefront currently thrives - quite literally. The Dry Goods Shop is filled with plant life and artisinal products mostly made my Hilbert’s own hands. Her brand Overlap Sewing Studio is a line of handcrafted leather and canvas bags, as well as small-run garments. Overlap has developed a global following with wholesale accounts including William Sonoma, Kaufman Mercantile, Goop, Martha Stewart's American Made Shop, and featured in Gwenyth Paltrow’s It's All Easy cookbook.