Eastland Made in Maine
The Klein Family
Tell us about your business.Since 1955, family owned Eastland has handcrafted men's and women's casual classic leather footwear, including rugged boots & chukkas, camp mocs, boat shoes, loafers and oxfords. We guarantee your complete satisfaction with every pair of Eastland shoes. If they don't meet our high standards - comfortable, contemporary classic style, long-lasting and versatile then they don't walk out our door.
What makes your business stand out?The principles instituted by co-founder Jonas B. Klein and passed on to Jim Klein, are now carried out by Jordan and Joshua Klein. In the 90s Eastland's production was moved overseas to combat rising production costs. But, for Jim, Jordan and Joshua Klein and Eastland, American craftsmanship has always been at the heart of the brand. In 2010, manufacturing was brought back to Maine with the introduction of the Made in Maine Collection allowing the company to work closely with local shoemakers. While many companies have continued to move and retain production overseas, Eastland has continued to expand their Made in Maine offering. This has led to an increase in the US workforce and made a significant contribution to the Maine economy. Eastland is one of the only family owned and operated American shoe brands still offering footwear made in their home state of Maine. Handsewn into every shoe is the Klein’s family legacy of offering products of the highest quality standards.
What's the best business advice you've received?Founder Jonas B. Klein handed President Jim Klein a piece of paper on his first day of work titled "The Four Steps to Success." 1. Being willing to work hard and spend as much time as necessary to do the job to the best of your ability. 2. Knowing how to get along and work with people. 3. Having good common "Horse Sense". 4. Knowledge Conclusion--Knowledge comes last, because if you are not willing to work and you can't get along with people and use good common "Horse Sense" in your decisions each day, all the knowledge in the world won't help you.
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