“Simplifying your life with innovative and stylish made in the USA products
that prove to actually simplify your life.”
Our commitment to you is to live our values in all we do, backed with the promise to make every product in the USA. Always striving for perfection and never allowing shortcuts in our processes. Excellence is oxygen. We put people first in EVERYTHING we do, we understand you are the only reason we exist.
KAPOTAS is a tribute to my grandfather George N. Kapotas, a self taught sculptor whose strong work ethic and dedication to his craft has long been an inspiration to me. He came to the United States on an agriculture scholarship from Patras, Greece in the late 1950’s. Through perseverance and hard work, he successfully started a landscaping business while providing the “American Dream” for his wife and four children. He raised me to always be humble and respectful, never take today for granted–words that I still live by today.
I lost my grandfather in 2014 yet his legacy lives on through my work. My passion for design comes from an unrelenting desire to create solutions through wearable products.
JOSHUA STEBBINS (FOUNDER/CEO)
My passion for designing products came from an unrelenting desire to craft functional, infinitely wearable products.
The source of my inspiration stemmed from the hardest working man I have ever, and probably will ever have had the honoring of knowing- my late grandfather George N. Kapotas, a self taught artist. It was as if it were yesterday, I was tinkering around my grandfather’s workshop. He walked past, however something was slightly different. Something that made me look twice. His pencils and chisels weren’t in their usual place in his shirt pocket, they were fashionably stashed into a slit he had cut into the headband of his hat. My curiosity and affinity for design led me to immediately question, “Is that a pencil holder or a hat?” Or both.
He had re-purposed a hat in its simplest of form, and gave it function. This ignited my senses, completely overturning my inexperienced world. Something so simple as cutting a slit into a band allowed my grandfather to carry his tools while shading his head from the summer’s cast. This was the defining moment that focused my Kapotas vision to craft functional, infinitely wearable, aesthetically stylish, and timelessly durable products.
THE ROCKFORD WALLET
This product came to life by my passion for design and the pure necessity for a product to make life simpler. I was really tired of carrying around a bulky wallet filled with extra cards that I hardly used. Why not carry only what I need daily with my phone?
The launch of ApplePay has already made this transition easier, since all anyone really needs to carry are an ID and back-up card for ATMs. However, as I searched for a simple sleeve to attach to my phone, I found most are made with 3M backing- none of which are reusable due to their one-time stick. In other words, you are left with a product you have to dispose of and replace each time you want to take it off or move.
After many months of testing and dozens of prototypes, the Rockford Wallet was born. Named after my birthplace Rockford, Illinois. Handcrafted with premium leather and backed with reusable microsuction, the Rockford Wallet is truly the ONLY multi-use minimalist wallet in the world. I have sold nearly 3000 worldwide and back every wallet with a lifetime warranty.