FOUNT has many faces behind its products and for the next 6 weeks we are going to show you some key faces behind the brand’s success.
Courtney McCrone is a Head Designer and Master of Sewing here at the FOUNT studio and has been here since August 2014. Obviously not a stranger to design, she began her sewing career at 8 years old. Aside from taking a few classes here and there, Courtney was mostly self-taught. Knowing she wanted to go into design, she interned with local designers in Cleveland and gained some experience before going to college. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA and graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 2013. She came back to Cleveland to be a part of the growth that was coming and because of her love for the arts in the city. Through her work to come out with her own line she met Jackie and Phillip.

Working on 23 Skidoo, Courtney attended many of the same flea’s and markets that Jackie and Phillip were offering their products at. After running into each other off and on for a while, Jackie asked Courtney to come help with FOUNT’s product lines to expand the brand and has been here ever since!

What is your favorite thing about working at FOUNT?
               “I love working with the leather. I never, ever, ever, thought I would have a career in leather or handbag design, but I’ve fallen in love with it. I really enjoy the challenge of working with leather and I find myself constantly inspired by its craft. Working in a studio that inhabits so many natural elements makes work incredibly enjoyable, and the overall work culture in general is so wonderful and fun, it is a true blessing.”
What is your favorite FOUNT product?

            “My favorite product is the Banjo Bag. It has many mod elements to it which I am drawn to in my personal style. When I hold it I feel like a woman and I love feeling like a woman. It’s a very versatile bag with unlimited possibilities.”

Phillip Wachter