FOUNT was founded in 2014 by husband and wife creative team Phillip and Jackie Wachter, and born out of their desire to craft beautiful and lasting leather bags.
At FOUNT, we use the finest ethically sourced leather and materials available to craft classic American heritage goods that can be carried by your side for years to come.
The word FOUNT is a noun that means “an abundant source of desirable quality." Philip and Jackie first heard the word in a cover of the old church hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and loved the way it sounded. The definition solidified the word as the perfect name for their company as they wanted to be sure quality was at the forefront of all of their designs.
FOUNT uses full-grain Italian leather for the majority of its products. Utilizing British hides that are a byproduct of the food industry, FOUNT partnered with an Italian tannery founded in 1865 to choose the weight, colors, and characteristics that comprise our signature leather. By utilizing hides from the meat industry, we help to cut down on massive amounts of waste and keep leather hides out of landfills.
FOUNT bags are designed with intention in Cleveland, OH and handcrafted by skilled artisans in Ohio, the Dominican Republic and Leon, Mexico. Our artisan partnership in the Dominican Republic is a family-owned, multi-generational establishment that has been in business for over 100 years. Both of our partnerships were found through a Fair Trade consultant, and our team works in collaboration with our partner craftsmen on a weekly basis to ensure exceptional product quality, fair labor practices, and livable wages.
"We ethically and responsibly make our products so that feeling good about owning a FOUNT bag is effortless. We hope that both our craftsmen & our customers can be proud of what is being made here at FOUNT. "
- Phillip & Jackie