It was such a privilege to spend the morning with Daniel Wright, the owner and founder of W Durable Goods, and to hear more about his passion for his business. I was so impressed by the quality and style of his workmanship and the originality of their product. If you get a chance, you have to go by W Durable Goods on Foch St.
Read my interview with Daniel...
How would you describe your product? Handmade leather goods and canvas bags, plus other brands that we believe represent practicality and originality.
Tell me the story of how your business began... about 11 years ago I bought a home sewing machine to repair my own clothing and began to make my own small bags for the fun of it. I realized I couldn't make the things I wanted to because of my machine so I bought an industrial machine, and I advanced greatly in my skill and capacity, 4 years later I had 3 sewing machines and had converted a room of my house to my shop. After marrying Stephanie in 2012 and started to cut back on my job as an electrician, we moved the shop out of the house and began to pursue WDG as a legit business, we now have 9 sewing machines in a 4000 sq ft building with a quarter of that as a retail space to showcase our own goods plus other brands.
What inspires your work? 1930s-1960s designs from old companies like LLBean, and pre WWI - WWII American and European military goods. Mostly I like to make things that aren't currently being produced in the same quality that they used to be.
What is your favorite part about your work? To be able to create something new and solve problems for people.
What has been the greatest challenge in your work? Sourcing information pertaining to industrial sewing. Since 30 years ago, the American sewing industry has vastly decreased, the machinery and the people that know things are dying off and there's precious few resources about the fine details of manufacturing.
Who encourages you the most in your work? My wife. More than physically tired I'm mentally exhausted sometimes and we wear a lot of hats, she helps me stay on track.
What is something crazy that you would love to take a big risk on and try? I'm doing it now, haha. Starting over when you're 33 is scary but worth it. But besides that I'd love to go to a trade show in Japan and possibly get some overseas regular customers.
Is there anything else you would like to share? We hold classes and workshops of different types, from hand stitching leather to sign painting. We hope that W Durable Goods becomes an exciting place where people can learn about old trades and connect with the past.
The work W Durable Goods is doing is timeless. I picture this place in thirty years being a little dustier, but in the same place making the same original, quality product.
Go check them out at 901 Foch St, Fort Worth, TX 76107.