KEITH DUGGER (FOUNDER & CEO)
Having resided in Texas my whole life, I cherish being a son of The Republic. Back when I was growing up in Conroe it was a place you’d probably look past at first glance, but man are there stories. I met people that pulled me up, pushed me beyond comfort, challenged me, and loved on me. But it wasn't until long after my youth that I began to step into my potential and really live out my passion.
I had been collecting old items for years without really knowing why, until a mentor challenged me to figure out the motivation behind it. What I discovered was an intrigue with legacy pieces. Things that had stood the test of time. Without knowing their history, these items were still telling a story with their patina, nicks, and dents. I decided that I wanted to create the same type of durable, timeless goods.
I’m a family man through and through. My bride of 21+ years, Juliette, is my number one fan and supporter. She is also our chief networker and problem solver. Don't let her good looks fool you though, she's a tough negotiator. Okay, so she basically runs the company...and I'm just a pretend front man. Happy now?!
My sons, Kole and Kamden, are my co-founders and partners in crime. They remind me how important imagination, creativity, trust and having fun are in this life. I have two daughters, Chloe and Kinnley, who are the resident shop-fairies and queens-in-training. I take delight in them and look for every opportunity to spoil them.
I like candlelit dinners, chocolate, and long walks on the beach. Okay, so none of that is true. Except chocolate...I do like me some chocolate.
This, for me, is what it all comes down to: I am a potential extractor. I believe there is more to your neighbor than meets the eye. Sometimes others need help to believe that...that's what I'm here for. And that’s what we strive to do with our products. They tell, carry and collect stories, though you may miss it at first glance.