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John Douthat
1943 -

John Douthat photoJohn M. Douthat was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in 1943. His father was a high school band director and his mother was a pianist and English teacher. John was in middle school in the late 50's when he received a gift from the FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter pig chain to raise in his backyard in Webster, FL.

One of the grown up sow's piglets cut open its stomach on a piece of glass in the pigpen. John got his mother's needle and thread to sew up the pig that grew up and went to market. He thought his calling was to be a vet student at UF but graduated in economics and journalism. It was not until after he met and married his sweetheart, Annette Repp, an LSU Home Economics graduate, that they realized it was their mutual calling to eventually be in the sewing business.

John worked for Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis who sent him to Washington University for an MBA in accounting. John and Annette spent a year each in Thailand and Korea with Purina building and starting animal feed plants. John then worked for AO Smith and Annette for Stretch & Sew Fabrics in Ft. Wayne IN. They opened a franchise in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1976 which became AllBrands.com in 1996 with six retail stores in Louisiana and now Texas.

Twins John F. Douthat is IT director and daughter Barbara Chatelain is in charge of product management. Both work for AllBrands. Son-in-law technician Seth Chatelain does all the Louisiana service, and daughter Dr. Yvonne Hartinger teaches voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Son Robert is an actor and videographer in NYC. Thank God for the many family businesses in the sewing industry who can take care of their customers, employees and vendors for the long haul. AllBrands, with 49 wonderful employees, is a buying agent for all of their customers, not just a selling agent for the manufacturers.

John is a great leader and contributor to the industry.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee