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Custom Leatherwork

Let us make custom leather pieces for you, from bracelets and jewelry, straps, belts, keychains, and knick-knacks from eye patches to full head-dresses! We can do anything!

Custom Pouches

We can make custom pouches, pockets, cases, and containers from any cloth or leather you so choose!

Custom Jewelry

Need a handcrafted leather piece to express your unique style? We have you covered, hand made to your measurements to fit you like a glove!

Custom Armor

From bracers to jerkins, scabbards to shoulder-pads, we can outfit you in flexible leather so you'll be the best looking assasin or hero in the land!

About the Designer

Kia Herman is the lady behind Black Gryphon Designs. With costuming experience that ranges from professional to the recreational, she can get you the look you need on the budget you're working with.

bgd_logo_greyWelcome to Black Gryphon Designs, we specialize in custom leatherwork, including to-your-measurements corsets, armor, jewelry, and an array of period and high fantasy pieces.

We are a multifaceted design company specializing in Custom Leather goods, Prop Fabrication, and Production Design. We are taking commissions! Let us help you make magic in a mundane world!

Check Out Our Recent News!

The latest and greatest from Black Gryphon Designs!

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Working on some gorgeous fabrics for a costume. It's a renaissance costume for the @bellesofbedlam so it's yards and yards and yards of beautiful fabric and trim. Love it! #BellesofBedlam #costume #renaissancefair #renfest #seamstress #costumer #maker #smallbusiness

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Instagram is changing the way what you follow shows up in your feed. If you like seeing my work, and other small businesses who can't afford to pay for your views, please continue to like, comment, and interact with our posts to show Instagram what you like. You can also tell Instagram to always show my work by clicking "turn on post notifications". Thank you for all of your likes and follows! I'm gearing up for some cool new projects that I can't wait to share with all of you. #leatherart #leatherwork #viking #norse #tooling #losangeles #instagood #raven

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Checking out the amazing costumes at the FIDM movie costume exhibit in downtown Los Angeles. I just about fell over when I turned the corner and saw these! #fidm #costume #film #starwars #kyloren #rey #phasma #losangeles #hiddenlosangeles #museum

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I've had a number of people asking@about my hat from my latest costume. Well, here it is! I started with a small model ship and a mini top hat. I cut 3/4 of the top hat away, then glued and stitched on trim, blue fabric for waves, feathers and lace, gold tassels, and last but not least, the ship itself. It's surprisingly light and comfortable to wear, too! I originally was going to have tentacles, but I didn't like how they looked with the overall design. #hat #milinary #victorian #fascinator #shiphat #sailingship #royalnavy #costumedesign #sailor #instagood #BellesofBedlam

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From design to reality. I love showing the design side my side with the finished project. I usually get very close to the original design when I create a costume. I still need to put accent buttons on the pants, and I want to tailor the pants in a bit so they are a little tighter, then we'll have a dead match! #BellesofBedlam #victorian #costumedesign #costume #girlband #instagood #design #performer #navy #sailor #royalnavy #ship #fascinator

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My Victorian Royal Navy inspired costume for the @bellesofbedlam ! We had so much fun performing this weekend at the @riversidedickensfest This costume was a blast to make and design, but my favorite part is the hat! #victorian #dickens #royalnavy #navy #hat #ship #sillyhats #costume #design #instagood #BellesofBedlam #girlband

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This design was created for a film, but never got used. I really like it, though, so I'll have to find a project to work it into! I'll post pictures of the design we agreed on once the film airs! #design #leatherart #leathertooling #skull #grimoire #spellbook #macabre #filmlife #artdepartment #propmaker

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I had the honor of attending Dan Haggerty's memorial in Los Angeles tonight. He was such a special man, and I was honored to know him. There were so many wonderful and different people there from across the country. We will miss you. #grizzlyadams #danhaggerty #wildwest #filmindustry #losangeles #celebrationoflife #memorial #legend #grizzly

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Tea tasting with my mom today at Chado tea house So many teas and all of them delicious! #tea #greentea #chadotearoom #losangeles #hollywood #instagood

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As and it tools beautifully! I was worried it was too thin to get decent depth, but this is great. I'm excited to make book coverings and bags out of this! #leatherart #leatherwork #test #workinprogress #mandalorian #tandyleather #leathertooling

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