Donna King On Launching P. Sherrod & Co., A Black-Owned Leather Accessories Brand

P. Sherrod & Co.’s Founder On Launching A Black-Owned Leather Accessories Brand 
P. Sherrod & Co.

Donna King’s accessories brand, P. Sherrod & Co., began as a side hustle. Over a decade ago, King, originally from Jersey City, was introduced to a family-run leather manufacturer while she was on a trip to Columbia. She says that the brilliant colors, craftsmanship, and supple leather sparked an idea. “It was in this encounter that a seed was planted,” she tells ESSENCE.com. King started releasing handbags in 2009 as a creative outlet following the serendipitous moment she experienced during her travels to South America. 

By 2015, she officially went full-time with her line after making it profitable. Her background in journalism and IT strengthened her skill sets by giving her a unique edge that most designers do not have. Though she doesn’t have a traditional fashion education the designer and founder explains that she pushed through feelings of fear and doubt. In an

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