Meet Matt Crowder of Jack Foster…
Welcome to a world of unique handmade leather goods made locally right here in the Upstate! Jack Foster has been a creative outlet, and a way for Jack Foster to serve our community and customers since 2015. Founder & Owner of Jack Foster, since its beginning has poured his heart and soul in to the business and takes pride in each US made product they create. Without further ado, let’s meet the Founder & Owner of Jack Foster, Matt Crowder.
360: How did the idea of Jack Foster come to life?
Matt: I worked in the IT field for most of my career and I was getting burned out, so I wanted to to try something different. I have always been fascinated with the manufacturing processes, and I wanted to start something that was built and made right here in Greenville.
Idea of Jack Foster continued…
Matt: My hope was to create something scalable that offered customers a lot of customization options and then source materials in our supply chain from other companies operating here in the United States. I basically wanted to make an attempt at small scale manufacturing here locally and prove that it could be effectively done. And here we are today and Jack Foster has become more than I ever thought it could or would become!
360: Describe what Jack Foster is all about.
Matt: Our goal at Jack Foster is to create classic, luxury leather goods that will stand the test of time, while keeping production here in the US. There’s something special about well made products that carry stories of the people who’ve owned them before. We aim to make the very best bags belts, wallets, watch bands and more that will last our customers a lifetime.
360: What do you love most about your job?
Matt: Every day is different. Maybe no one would have thought that an IT guy would end up becoming a creative genius, but seriously, it’s awesome being able to see a product through from conception to actual use. Like anything there are some days that it’s still just a job, but 99% of the time I love that I can create and make products that people will enjoy.
360: Are there any new products coming soon that you can share with us?
Matt: We’re always making new products! We’ve got some cool things in the works for Father’s Day that we’re excited to roll out. Make sure you follow us via Instagram @JackFosterUSA to see when we release new products. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get first looks at special things we have coming up here.
360: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing in Greenville?
Matt: I have to give a shout out to the guys at Iron Tribe, where I spend a fair amount of my free time working out. I also like riding my motorcycle and I’m a big fan of the restaurant scene here in the Upstate.
360: That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing, Matt and keep up the great work! We look forward to seeing what you come up with next at Jack Foster.