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October 4, 2017

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Becky Stayner worked as a food photographer for most of her career. Stayner is still working with her hands, but she has shifted her focus.

The company: Started in 2014, Biscuit Leather Company makes soft and buttery  leather bags, purses, totes and clutches by hand in Birmingham, Ala.

The owner/artist: Stayner grew up in Lexington, Ky. She attended the University of Kentucky for two years before transferring to Brooks Institute of Photography, where she earned a degree in commercial photography. Stayner worked as a food photographer and was on the staff of Cooking Light magazine for nine years. After one lesson with a friend, she started making bags.

What’s popular: Original Grand Biscuit in vegetable tan with Indigo stitching, ($550); the Morning Biscuit (a smaller, cross-body version of the Original Grand, $450); and the Two Bite Biscuit, a cross-body clutch with enough room for a phone, lipstick, cards and cash ($160).

Big break: Appearing on “Absolutely Alabama,” a weekly TV show.

What’s new: Full and half aprons ($110), plus napkins, coasters, placemats and table runners ($40 to $160) made with a lovely heavy-duty canvas in solid cream. Also creamy canvas riveted curtains ($100 to $130).

Where to buy:

Biscuit Leather Co.


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