Jessica Griffith grew up playing backgammon with her dad, yet she was disappointed in the overproduced, machine made boards that were available. She decided to fill the void by producing beautiful handmade custom boards, thus her company Nine Fair was born. Jessica eventually quit her job in finance and focus on the growth of her custom backgammon board business, operating out of her family’s charming home on the island of Nantucket.
The Nantucket Whaling Captain’s house was built in the 19th century for Captain William M. Barrett, and the Griffiths purchased it in 2006. Jessica says her mother is solely responsible the home’s enchanting decor, brimming with Chinese export plates, chintz, needlepoint pillows, and wicker furniture. “She is really talented and has a great eye,” Jessica said. “She’s been a wonderful resource for me with Nine Fair, too, and offers lots of constructive feedback regarding my designs.”
Jessica hand paints the whimsical designs on each board herself, typically while sitting on the porch, and then sets them out in the sun to dry. Custom boards created with a crest to commemorate a couple’s wedding are her most common orders, and all of the boards are finished with an “accident resistant” spray, so they can stand the test of time. Like the eclectic pieces, heirlooms, and antiques that adorn the beautiful beach home where these boards were created, they’re meant to be passed down for generations to come.
It is Jessica’s goal with Nine Fair to create a brand that combines her mother’s style and her family’s sense of fun and camaraderie into a product she hopes will bring others together as well. To learn more please visit Nine Fair and follow @nine_fair via Instagram. Additional images are available via Vogue.