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Conversations with the Inspiring Morgan Sommer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Sommer.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Morgan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I married my best friend, Andy, in 2016. We always knew we wanted to open a business together and the idea quickly developed. We were surrounded by so many talented artists and makers here in Houston and wanted to give them a platform to showcase their creativity and quality of work. We traveled to other cities deemed as “art hubs” to gain inspiration. These cities, such as Portland, Austin, LA and New York, all had so many beautiful shops dedicated to their local artists and Andy and I quickly realized that Houston barely has any of these. With Houston being so full of creativity, art, and culture, our city wasn’t getting the credit it deserved. We set out to open a shop here in Houston to highlight our growing artisan community. We opened our store, Bespoke HTX by Forth and Nomad, in the Heights Mercantile. Since we’ve opened in October 2017, we’ve seen an amazing response from our local community. We’ve been able to connect the customer to the artist and give insight to the creativity our fellow Houstonians have to offer. We are now up to 85 makers and we couldn’t thank our artists enough for all of the work they do and creating such an awesome culture here in Houston.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a business is never a smooth road. It’s exciting and terrifying but always rewarding. The biggest struggle was realizing that at the beginning, you have to be ok with working long hours, reprioritizing time spent and fearing that dreaded bank statement. It can be scary but it is worth every single small victory that comes your way. As you grow and learn, these struggles will diminish and you’ll start to see the great success that comes with the hard work and time you put into it. My favorite saying was always, “Favor follows hustle.” You just have to take the leap! It’s ALL worth it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Forth and Nomad story. Tell us more about the business.
Forth and Nomad specializes in quality handmade goods by our local makers. We think it’s important that the customer sees the quality of handmade goods as well as the story behind it. We have anything from jewelry to leather goods to housewares to handmade shoes – yes, handmade SHOES. We try to create an atmosphere that is welcome to all demographics while creating an elevated space for the makers to display their work.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My parents are extremely hardworking. They raised me to always have goals and to pursue them. I couldn’t have done anything I have up to this point if it wasn’t for their help and support. My older brother, the creative one in our family, was always an amazing musician who invented and built insanely cool instruments. He was the biggest inspiration behind creating an artisan outpost. The things he made were too unique not to share with as many people as I could.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Heights Mercantile
    714 Yale St, Suite 1Z
    Houston, TX 77007
  • Website: forthandnomad.com
  • Phone: (713) 814-8198
  • Email: morgan@forthandnomad.com
  • Instagram: @forthandnomad
  • Facebook: @forthandnomad

Image Credit:
Stephanie Williams

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