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Company allows Duckett to give back to military

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Cheryl (Pinkston) Duckett’s hands are often stained.

And although she follows three young boys around every day, it’s usually not from them.

She is a military spouse who works on dying leather which is then made into handbags and other accessories for the company R. Riveter.

About two years ago, R. Riveter was established by Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse with the hopes of giving other military spouses work.

“Military families move so many times,” Duckett said. “It’s hard to find job.”

And Duckett family is no stranger to moving. They have moved to Alaska, Georga and Louisiana for her husband, David, who is a Sgt. 1st Class in the Army.

Cheryl, who started  her job in January, said her husband is glad she can be apart of this company because it allows her to be flexible and stay home with their three sons, David Jr.,5; Ross,4; and Brandon,2.

The company’s namesake and motto comes from the iconic Rosie Riveter “We Can Do It” attitude from the World War II era.I

It is comprised of the Rosies, who promote and sell the bags, and Riveters, who make the purse parts.

Cheryl is Riveter. She used to work on quality control but now she cuts and dyes leather from a cowhide at her house then sends the pieces to be assembled at the fabrication shop in Dahlonega, Ga.

For Cheryl it’s nice to make a little extra cash, but more importantly she just wanted to contibute to the company.

Probably the neatest thing about the bags, she said, is what they are made out of. 

The items are fashioned out of old military materials such as tents, jackets and blankets.

“It’s pretty amazing that these bags are made out of materials that possibly went to war,” Cheryl said.

She said customers have even sent in their own old uniforms to be used.

Duckett grew up in the Bullitt County area. She graduated from Bullitt East in 1997 and then attended Western Kentucky University.

Her family is now stationed at Fort Benning.

All of the products are American-made by the spouses to the cutting and dying of leather or canvas to assembly and printing what edition it is by hand on the tag. 

The items range in price from $30 to $400. Products include an assortment of messenger bags, key fobs, dog collars, man bags and more.

The bags are named after famous military spouses such as Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Merrill.

Bags can be custom-made.

To see the products, go to www.rriveter.com