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Leather Design expands to storefront
B.J. Griffin, the owner of Leather Design, worked on a leather photo album cover recently at her new storefront, 108 S. Third St. E., Riverton. Photo by Andrea Novotny

Leather Design expands to storefront

Aug 8, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The business has been operating for more than a decade out of the owner's home.

Leather Design, owned by B.J. Griffin, opened in its new location on 108 S. Third St. E., Riverton. Griffin has been operating Leather Design for 11 or 12 years from her home but expanded to the storefront June 10.

Leather Design offers a variety of "inexpensive, nice Western gifts," Griffin said. All items are unique and handmade by Griffin and Bev Pedersen.

Within Leather Design, Griffin also operates her quilting business, Wyoming Winds Quilting and Embroidery, which has been open for about five years.

Prices range everywhere from $5 for decorative leather magnets, into the thousands of dollars for high-end, custom-made items.

Some of the most affordable items are the cowhide purses, ornamented with different levels "bling," with leather, rhinestones and metal, and the thin, custom leather bi-fold wallets, for cowboys who don't want to carry a bulky wallet.

Griffin also sells coin purses, customized tack and ranch wear, magnetic picture frames and even leather iPhone cases. She says that she can also usually customize her products to accommodate the needs of the buyer.

Griffin says she buys materials for her products from within the United States whenever she can.

In 2008, Griffin began a project aimed at fighting cancer. She has since generated almost $800,000 through the sale of about 150 to 175 pairs of chaps and chinks that she has made, including the pink chaps and chinks auctioned at the PRCA "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" rodeo July 30 in Riverton.

"It's kind of a pretty big feather in my hat to know that there's that much money being raised through my product," she said.

The project lead Griffin to obtaining a contract with Wrangler.

"I can put the Wrangler logo on anything I make as long as I give a portion of my profits back to a cancer charity," she said. "The cancer is near and dear to my heart because I lost my mom and I lost my dad. My brother had a bout with it. My daughter had a bout with it ... if I can help the people who are sick in any way, I will."

Griffin also says she plans to offer lessons in leatherwork if there is interest in the community.

Leather Design is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

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