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CREATIVE MIND: Alison Van Hemelrijck, owner of Rijck Leather, in her studio at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown. Van Hemelrijck previously worked in fashion design in California before switching gears to become a leather-goods manufacturer. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
CREATIVE MIND: Alison Van Hemelrijck, owner of Rijck Leather, in her studio at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown. Van Hemelrijck previously worked in fashion design in California before switching gears to become a leather-goods manufacturer. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
A 2007 University of Rhode Island graduate, Alison Van Hemelrijck escaped the cold of New England for a career in fashion in Los Angeles. Yet, after more than seven years in the California sunshine, Van Hemelrijck wanted to start her own business. “I felt a little bit detached working in the design industry because we…
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