Ep. 16 - Derek Keller (Unlikely Professionals / 440 Gentleman Supply)
Welcome back and if this is your first foray, welcome to the STANDARD H Podcast. My first guest for season two is Derek Keller - the founder and creator of 440 Gentleman Supply, a handmade leather goods company based in my home town of Raleigh, NC, so I was really eager to share Derek’s journey with all of you. He is a very dear friend of mine, so it only felt right kicking off Season 2 with our conversation. We talk about his reason to hate Budweiser, using German military vehicles for marketing purposes, and why it’s important as a maker to make your vision as opposed to someone else’s vision. I love the tongue & cheek approach with which he and his wife Jessie approach their business and you simply won’t meet a more genuine person. And if you’re ever in Raleigh, please visit the new space called Unlikely Professionals. I describe it as a retail oasis for all that you need and nothing you don’t.