Bryan Graves came to Boston in 1987 from sunny California. Inspired by memories of his grandfather's ranch and a neighbor who was a stained glass artisan, Bryan had always dreamed of running his own off-beat business doing creative work with his hands. So, after graduating from Boston University in 1990 with a Liberal Arts degree, he set out to make his dream come true. He apprenticed himself to a family friend who taught him the art of vinyl and leather restoration. Soon after he was able to quit his job as a youth social worker and establish Hub Leather Repair in 1994.
For Hub's first five years Bryan worked as an independent contractor, repairing furniture for Jennifer Convertibles/Jennifer Leather. During that time, Bryan developed many novel and innovative techniques to solve just about any leather repair scenario a customer could throw at him. He's gone on to establish himself with the finest leather retailers in Boston and earn the nicknames "the leather doctor", "the leather guru", and simply "the magician", with the skills and reputation to back it up. He credits his success to enjoying his work and keeping his creative juices flowing. When he's not working his magic repairing leather, Bryan is also a singer/songwriter: www.bryangraves.com.
Julie is Hub Leather Repair's administrative and scheduling guru. She was educated at Pratt Institute of Art & Design and Massachusetts College of Art with a major in sculpture and design. For the past eight years, she has been a vintage furniture dealer, reupholsterer, and refinisher.
Julie's business and marketing background includes working with high profile clients such as RJ Reynolds, Dreamworks / Universal, Coca-Cola, and Reebok. In addition to her experience in the corporate world, she has exercised her entrepreneurial skills by owning and operating a successful vintage furniture and housewares shop. She has worked with Hub Leather Repair since early 2005.
Nicole is the most recent addition to the Hub team. Her broad professional experience includes working for an architectural firm and within the local music industry. Additionally, Nicole studied painting, color theory, and design at Maine College of Art and Endicott College. Her expertise in painting and craftsmanship, combined with her interest in modern furniture and design dovetail seamlessly with her responsibilities at Hub Leather repair, as evidenced by her extraordinary color matching and her exceptional attention to detail.