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Piece by Piece

Photo by Lauren Max

Jess Marie Griffith 
hunts for inspiration.

WHO Jess Marie Griffith, the 30-year-old designer and founder of Pine & Boon, a leather accessories line launched in 2013. Griffith grew up in Bellevue and Stanwood, Wash., and moved to Seattle to study studio art at Seattle Pacific University in 2004. After recently becoming a mother (“my biggest creative project to date”) Griffith has taken a break from hand-painting textiles and is collaborating with Tiffany Ju from BZR to make a line of bags with bold, graphic black-and-white designs.

THE LOOK “A balance between comfortable, minimal and not too serious—I have an aversion to looking too put-together. I’m a denim girl–I love dressing up a good pair of boyfriend jeans with clog heels and bright pink lipstick. I sold or donated most of my clothes pre-baby so that I could start fresh and not worry about all the clothes that no longer fit. I’ve recently been drawn to bright colors like pink, red and yellow.”

ICONS “Sometimes it’s just the pieces that inspire me. I’m a big thrifter and love the thrill of hunting for great pieces—I grew up in a family of sewers and knitters and can usually spot a well-made garment or material pretty quickly. Jane Birkin, Sonia Delaunay and Robert Redford are some icons I never seem to tire of. Also, I am lucky to have some really stylish friends and peers who inspire me every time I see them. They motivate me to ‘get dressed,’ since it’s often hard to want to get dressed up when you’re a homebody like me.”

UP NEXT Griffith is working on a collaborative design brand with her husband, artist Cable Griffith. She’s also exploring ways to support new mothers, with a focus on the postpartum period. See her new styles and projects on Instagram @pineandboon.

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