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FOUNT’ing It

Three and a half years ago, Jackie Watcher, and her husband Phillip, started their brand – FOUNT – out of their small apartment in Cleveland. Within three months, their story and products got picked up by a major magazine.


From there, the FOUNT team and product line grew with 39 members and counting. They have have two retail stores (Short North and the Flagship in Cleveland) as well as a full online store:


The very definition of the name, FOUNT, means “an abundant source of desirable quality,” and Watcher says they strive to make products that have superior craftsmanship and longevity. 


“When you walk into the shoe cobbler, you see a graveyard of bags with broken straps. And many of those bags are luxury bags like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, etc.,” explains Watcher. “With this in mind, we set out to design a bag with indestructible straps. We’re very proud to say that in the three to five years, we’ve sold over 5,000 of the Bellfield Tote Collection, and never had a strap break!” 


Watcher shares that both she and Phillip had long-time dreams of starting an American-made company because of the ever dwindling percentage of products being made in the USA. “It’s our passion to help revive the American made fashion industry,” she says. 


At FOUNT, Watcher says their mission is to responsibly craft timeless and intentional leather heirlooms; creating a story to be passed down through generations. She explains how they import fine Italian leather from Florence Italy, and design, cut, and sew all of their pieces here in Ohio.


“Quality is at the forefront of our deigns, and that’s why we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our bags and leather accessories,” says Watcher. “We also strive to create a high quality work environment in our studio where our employees can enjoy the work of their hands, and create something that they can truly be proud of.”


Watcher goes on to explains how FOUNT offers ladies and men’s  (and soon dog) premium leather goods. Adding that everything is backed by a lifetime warranty and is constructed from fine Italian leather and solid brass hardware. 


Their number one selling style is the Bellfield Tote. The handle on this bag features hand stitching and interior weight bearing pieces, a FOUNT signature design, which make the straps incredibly durable, and able to bear the weight of the heaviest load.


Watcher shares that another feature FOUNT customers really like about their bags is the full aniline Italian leather. “If you ever get a scratch or scuff in it, you can just condition it right out. As it ages, it will develop a beautiful patina.” Since it’s so well liked – now by popular demand – it’s available in a zip-top version as well.


Their other top sellers include their Finley Clutch which Watcher says is a great hands-free option for going out on the town. “Lots of ladies like to throw it in their tote to hold their essentials like their phone, wallet, keys, lipstick, etc.,” she explains. 


Next on the FOUNT best seller list is their Coventry Bucket Bag, a casual handsfree cross body that’s classically designed. 

Watcher says they love events and have several per month between Cleveland, Columbus, and other cities to which they travel with FOUNT. They have wine and snacks for every Gallery Hop, which is the first Saturday of the month in the Short North. And on February 10, they’ll be popping up at Watershed; where customers can enjoy complimentary craft cocktails while shopping our products in the heart of the distillery.


Fount is now also hosting ladies night out at their stores. You can sign-up to be a host and receive a percentage of your party sales to put toward any FOUNT purchase. During these events, there will be a history of the company, prizes, and food and beverages served. Customers can inquire and request dates to host their party by emailing:


You learn more about FOUNT, check out the full line of products, plus stay up-to-date with fun events by visiting online at While there, you can also request a catalog to get the full FOUNT experience (mailed out annually). And be sure to follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fountleathergoods


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