Featured Speaker – Jackie Wachter, Founder, FOUNT
Husband and wife duo, Phillip and Jackie Wachter, started FOUNT just over 3 years ago out of their Cleveland Heights apartment. The brand has now grown into a bustling studio in downtown Cleveland with two retail locations, one in Cleveland and one in Columbus.
The FOUNT brand built its foundation on creating heirloom quality leather goods that are ethically sourced and designed, cut, and sewn in Cleveland. At FOUNT their focus is on quality over quantity, and helping to revive the American made fashion industry.
Prior to the 1980’s, Cleveland had a thriving garment industry that provided careers for a large portion of the city’s population. FOUNT strives to do their part in reviving the fashion production industry in our city once again. Through a Direct to Consumer business model, FOUNT is able to offer customers incredibly high quality, made in the USA, Italian leather and solid brass products at a price that is competitive, and even lower than many of their competitors who are choosing to produce overseas from lesser quality materials.
The Wachters are proud to support the mission of FOUNT as the company strives to responsibly craft timeless & intentional fashion heirlooms; creating a story to be passed down through generations.
Session: Rethinking Retail