Back to Basics with Jacob Bromwell

When­ev­er pos­si­ble, we’d like to present our brand part­ners to you in a new way. We want to go beyond posts that scream, “buy this!” One of the ways we’ve begun to do this is by shar­ing pho­tos of the upcom­ing items we’ll be fea­tur­ing from brands on our Face­book page and Twit­ter stream, and anoth­er is by sit­ting down with brand rep­re­sen­ta­tives so they can tell you in their own words what sets them apart from the rest. We hope this helps you make informed and con­fi­dent purchases.

In prepa­ra­tion for our Jacob Bromwell event, pres­i­dent Sean Ban­dawat answered a few questions.

The Clymb: Jacob Bromwell sells authen­tic camp­fire, kitchen and fire­place prod­ucts, but you also say you’re sell­ing the “Amer­i­can expe­ri­ence.” What does that mean?

Sean Ban­dawat: Strict­ly speak­ing, we’re not in the prod­uct busi­ness. What we’re real­ly sell­ing is an emo­tion­al jour­ney: away from the mad­ness of mod­ern life and into nos­tal­gia, tra­di­tion, and the long­ing for a sim­pler era.  We’re all about let­ting our cus­tomers re-expe­ri­ence the sim­ple and gen­uine Amer­i­can past as an anti­dote to our over-per­fect­ed mod­ern lifestyle.  We hope to evoke with­in our cus­tomers a sense of fam­i­ly, pride, and con­nec­tion to our past.  That’s why we do what we do.


TC: In a time of smart­phones, wifi, and this con­stant need to be “plugged in,” Jacob Bromwell seems to encour­age a slow­er pace and return to the basics? Why is that important?

SB: Embrac­ing the authen­tic Amer­i­can past, despite its tech­ni­cal short­com­ings, is what the Jacob Bromwell brand is all about   Advance­ments in com­merce, tech­nol­o­gy, and trans­porta­tion have has­tened the dis­so­lu­tion of what mat­ters most: our roots.  Tra­di­tion­al Amer­i­can ideals–such as rugged indi­vid­u­al­ism, good cit­i­zen­ship, and the old-fash­ioned gath­er­ing of fam­i­ly and friends–have been for­got­ten in the midst of real­i­ty tele­vi­sion, hip-hop music, and text mes­sag­ing.  Our com­pa­ny is help­ing reverse the trend of near­ly two cen­turies of weak­en­ing of the fam­i­ly unit.


TC: In speak­ing with mem­bers who own your camp­ing prod­ucts, tra­di­tion is a word that comes up often. We found that many items are hand­ed down and have been in their fam­i­lies for years. What kind of guar­an­tee do you offer?

SB: We offer a Life­time Guar­an­tee on all our prod­ucts because they are guar­an­teed to last a life­time.  Many items are indeed passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.  Our prod­ucts were used by the first set­tlers who pio­neered the Great Plains, and the rugged explor­ers who chart­ed new ter­ri­to­ries off the well-beat­en Ore­gon Trail.  Still today, every Jacob Bromwell prod­uct is a hand­craft­ed, his­tor­i­cal­ly-cor­rect Amer­i­can mas­ter­piece.  Favorites include the Orig­i­nal Pop­corn Pop­per, Fron­tier Fry­ing Pan, and Clas­sic Tin Cup.

The Orig­i­nal Pop­corn Popper

TC: What’s the most impor­tant qual­i­ty Jacob Bromwell cus­tomers receive when they make a purchase?

SB: Most of our cus­tomers val­ue the authen­tic­i­ty of our prod­ucts more than any­thing else.  Every­thing is authen­tic about our prod­ucts, from the mate­ri­als we use to the man­u­fac­tur­ing process. Our prod­ucts are still made with Amer­i­can hands.  Even our logo rep­re­sents the man’s own mark, made with his own hand.

Mem­bers, make sure you get there ear­ly tomor­row when our Jacob Bromwell event kicks off. And check out our Upcom­ing Events — Jacob Bromwell pho­to album on Face­book for a peek at some of the items that will be available.