I’m Garrett Lachney and I am the owner/operator of this venture, West of Olympia. I live in Kelso, Washington with my beautiful wife Ashley. This is actually a part-time business for me. My “day job” is in finance at a paper and box manufacturer.
I’ve got a degree in finance from Washington State University and I’ve worked in manufacturing for several years in a bunch of different roles; marketing, finance, production planning, and some other process improvement positions. I’m also certified in lean six sigma manufacturing. I don’t say that to puff out my chest, I just want you to know that I’m calling on every bit of professional exposure I've had to craft a business with a great customer experience.
I started wet shaving around 2010 or 2011. I just love the romantics of a proper shave. It's one of the few times I feel I'm able to live completely in the moment; not a concern in the world beyond the pressure of the razor on my face. It's therapy for the soul.
But I've always been a sucker for quality goods. I try to take quality and craftsmanship as my first consideration in purchasing decisions, especially in stuff I use daily. I'm also of the belief that more of us should care that exploitative labor is a real thing and we buy products that support that practice.
I think West of Olympia is the combination of this philosophy, my love of wet shaving, and my interest in small business.