By Karina Timmel
Job: President of Anna Griffin Inc.
Born in: Charlotte, North Carolina
Lives in: Buckhead
Fueled by her thirst for creating, a love of antiques, a deep appreciation for family and tradition, and a relentless determination to make beautiful things that help women feel special, honored and creative themselves, Anna Griffin celebrates 20 successful years in business in Atlanta this year.
After earning a graphic design degree in college and a stint working for Vera Wang, Griffin launched her own business in 1994 by creating handmade wedding and event invitations, filling a void in the market at that time.Her brand has since grown by leaps and bounds into an international stationery, gift and fabric company, with over 1,000 of her licensed products and pattern collections incorporated into brands such as Lenox, C.R. Gibson and Plaid Enterprises.
“I love that I make products that touch people in a meaningful way. Whether it is a wedding invitation that I’ve designed or a do-it-yourself card-making kit, I love that my products are part of the most important times in our customers’ lives,” she says.
When she’s not making appearances on programs on the Home Shopping Network and collecting antiques at Scott Antiques Market, she’s renovating old homes (she lives in her eighth project). We’re not quite sure where she finds the time.
Her Biggest Life Lesson
“The biggest life lesson I’ve learned is to trust myself. Trusting my instincts, following that voice in my head, always proves to be the right direction.”
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