About Us

Oowee Products believes in supporting our community and the advancement of creativity.

Our Story

Oowee is dedicated to bringing people together with classic, functional and stylish products. We strive to support the community and our partners by creating products that unite people over common interest and values. All of our products are handcrafted in our Asheville, North Carolina facility using natural materials and sustainable business practices. We employ adults on the autism spectrum and work closely with the Autism Society of North Carolina to ensure that we provide a positive work environment and ethically manufactured products.

Oowee Insulator Sleeve Team
Gabriel and Walter Boy at the Oowee Leather Manufacturing Warehouse.

Oowee was born from the love of handcrafted goods and our founder, Gabriel Hargett’s creative ability to transform leather into something we can use daily. Oowee launched in 2009 with the simple concept of bringing class, style, and function to the age-old tradition of having a cool refreshing pint to round out your day.The plan was to ethically manufacture quality products using wood, metal and leather. The success of our leather products has far outweighed any other materials but we are still dedicated to the original goal and are always looking into new creative products and services that we can offer our clients.

Our original product, the classic leather pint sleeve is one of our best selling items and remains one of our most popular products today. This patented product is what Oowee was founded on. The immediate popularity of our leather pint sleeves allowed the company to grow and prosper into what we are today. We have always offered our products co-branded with our client’s logos and available for purchase in bulk. This made our leather beverage sleeves an excellent promotional item with a demand for large volume production.

With this success, we began looking for a reliable workforce that could help produce our USA made products in an efficient and sustainable way. After a few stumbles we found the Autism Society of North Carolina and learned that they had a group of individuals that were in need of employment opportunities. We started working with the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2011. This partnership was a real turning point for Oowee, as it allowed us to employ adults on the autism spectrum to hand sew each of our leather beverage sleeves and utilize these individuals to package all of our products. This partnership allowed us to have the workforce that we needed to expand and grow. We worked closely with the Autism Society of NC to ensure that we were providing a happy healthy work environment in which our employees with intellectual disability can excel.

leather stitching with chartsThis partnership allows Oowee to be much more than just another company that makes stuff. We are able to make high quality products but more importantly we are also supporting our community and filling a social gap. We feel this an important part of our business and hope that our clients can appreciate this fact and feel good about putting their logo on products that are responsibly produced. We now have a large line of products and strive to always be improving our existing line as well as adding additional goods and services that fit into our business structure. We plan to continue the growth of our product line and continue to employ more individuals on and off the autism spectrum.

  • We are creating community and boosting the local economy through the manufacturing of products for everyday use. Why we do it:
  • We love creating. Love what you do and never work a day in your life.
  • Our products are intended to unite people over common interest and values.
  • We provide opportunities for hardworking individuals.
  • Natural products made from wood or leather are abundant in our region, and can be used sustainably.