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Some people take corporate jobs for the benefits and stability with the goal of climbing the proverbial corporate ladder until they can kick their feet up in retirement. Others see their corporate gig as a steppingstone, using the knowledge, the experience, and the connections prior to starting their own venture. Richard Liu, was of the latter mindset when he left his plush position at a known technology company to pursue his personal passion for design.

What started as a simple concept born from his own personal necessity quickly grew from a single product to a full collection of accessories. Liu merged his interest for design and his affinity for military products to create DSPTCH.

Prior to taking the leap of faith and going all in with the brand, Liu started with a camera strap as his first product and worked out of his apartment, while maintaining a full-time job. These humble beginnings would lay the foundation for the company, which would him lead to eventually opening an office and warehouse before finally leaving his desk job. Five years after conception, the first retail location opened in San Francisco’s emerging Mission District. Two years later, DSPTCH opened a location in New York and a third location and their first international store in Tokyo.

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