We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Malcom and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rebecca, how do you think about risk?
Risk is scary and exciting. You have to force your self to be your creative, despite the risk. When I started my leatherworks, I made a conscious decision not to google or look on any social media platforms to see what may be trending. For the better part of a year I would design sketches and look forward to going to my studio to make these pieces come to life. Did it work all the time, definitely not! Trial and error is actually a beautiful thing, it teaches what to do and not to do.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love many different genres of music, fashion, and leather. I wanted to be a hands on creator, not just a designer. There is a satisfaction of starting with basic materials and seeing how they all come together organically to make a unique piece. What started out as a sketch, some cuts in leather, quickly turned into something more! I found that leather can be so many things….delicate, organic, modern, colorful and tactile. I wanted to have more color to the designs I had sketched, so I honed my skills with needle and thread and enjoyed seeing my designs come to life.

Through much trial and error I was finally able to start getting comfortable with a design style that I was excited about. Now to share them with the world!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite spots to hang in Atlanta is actually right here at our house. My husband who is a master carpenter, made a small pub in our basement, that we affectionately call ‘Framer’s’. Encased in oak, we have held wine and scotch tastings, and always enjoy catching up with friends and family. We live in a diverse neighborhood and have some of the best authentic restaurants just around the corner. Best chicken wings-Framer’s. For great Mexican we go to Don Pedro’s, Kang Nam for sushi, The Vortex has, in our humble opinion, the best burgers in the city. For Ethiopian, Piazza is a must. Other than that any invite for dinner to friends and family’s houses or to meet up somewhere is always a good time.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my biggest supporters is my mom. She is always there to give feedback, encouragement and even enthusiastically sources out most of my up cycled leather. It’s been a joy collaborating with her on colors and designs. My dad is a constant joker, which helps to keep things light. My husband has always encouraged me, been my sound board, which I am so thankful for. Family, friends, clients and acquaintances have all helped tremendously with giving their kind words and feedback. Knowing they all want me to succeed means the world to me.

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