After six years in business, Jon Wye and his belts are a mainstay at Eastern Market and chances are good that you might recognize them or his signature skull-and-crossbones chef logo.
However, there are few who know the full story behind this Capitol Hill native’s business, or why he chose Eastern Market as his primary retail location – a place he tried to avoid as a kid growing up.
Since setting up his vendor stall, Wye has grown the product line to include leather wallets, guitar straps and dog collars, as well as custom t-shirts. More, including video, after the jump…
When The Hill is Home first interviewed him in 2009, he was operating his business out of his parents’ garage a few blocks from Eastern Market. In our latest audio/photo interview, THIH visits Wye at his new artist workshop in Northeast DC.
The business has changed in a number of ways. Wye has a business partner and staff to help fill a growing number of online and retail orders. And while he can be found at Eastern Market on most weekends, he also spends time traveling to design trade shows in cities like San Francisco and New York.
Wye plans to continue growing the business and brand beyond DC, but says he remains committed to Capitol Hill as the neighborhood which launched and carried his business forward.
Hear from Jon Wye and his business partner Jeff Ball in an exclusive visit to their workshop: