Allbrands.com Celebrating 40 Years

This year, AllBrands.com will be celebrating our 40th year in business. Our company has spent four decades focused on one thing above all others, unparalleled customer service. Our owners, John and Annette Douthat, were very careful when they chose our name, AllBrands.com. They wanted it to reflect the products that we carry. We go out of our way to fulfill your needs by offering all brands of Floor Care, Garment Care, Sewing Machines and Sewing Related products. We partner with many different manufacturers and offer many different brands of products. Our corporate office is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We operate six retail stores, five in Louisiana and one in Houston, Texas.  Our Louisiana stores are located in Slidell, Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles.  John had a philosophy from the beginning and it still holds true today. We are a buying agent for our customers, and not just a selling agent for the manufacturers we represent. To do this, we follow the trends in sewing products, and we carefully choose the correct merchandise and vendors to fulfill your needs. Furthermore, we do our share to contribute back to our community, through philanthropic endeavors, by donating machines and other works of charity.

It is things like these kinds of basic principles that set us aside from the rest. Walk into any of our brick-and-mortar stores and you'll see the same thing. The stores are filled wall to wall with merchandise, personally chosen to cater to your creative projects.  You will also find a warm, inviting staff of sewing specialists, who are ready to answer your questions and help you with your projects. We carry a broad selection of specifically-chosen Sewing Machines, Embroidery Machines, Quilting Machines, Vacuums, Fabric and Accessories. If on-line shopping is what you prefer, we offer a very comprehensive website that hosts over 15,000 products to serve your needs. Both in our retail stores and on-line, we strive to be your all-in-one shop for anyone from the novice seamstress to the veteran designer. To help us Celebrate our Anniversary, sign up for our Newsletter or Like our Facebook page, for exciting offers and coupons throughout the year.

As part of our 40th Year Anniversary Celebration, we are adding the full line of Bernina Sewing and Embroidery machines to our Retail Stores. We are very happy and excited to merge this great brand with the AllBrands.com family of Sewing and Embroidery machines.

Also, as part of our Anniversary Celebration, we are doubling the amount of Events for 2016. For a list of all the exciting events and activities, please visit our Events Page.

Sincerely,

Blaine Austin, CEO

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...But that's not all.

We made history in 1996 as the first sewing and vacuum business on the Internet. We operate a multi-million dollar online empire of sewing machines, vacuums, small appliances, and more, and you would never know by just visiting our stores. In 2003, we were proudly cited in the Greater Baton Rouge Small Business Report as doing $8.2 million in sales the previous year, and shipping over 1,000 appliances a week out across the world.

Our main store here in Baton Rouge conceals a warehouse large enough to sustain all of our retail stores, and we employ a diverse and eclectic team of highly-trained Internet staff to painstakingly keep your experience a positive.


OUR HISTORY

John M. and Annette Douthat, the passionate marital team behind our brand, have been in the sewing business since the mid-70s. Together, they have spent almost forty years cultivating AllBrands as their pride and joy, setting an example for competitors everywhere on how to properly offer superior customer service and unbeatable satisfaction. Still active within the company today, John is a regular at our weekly meetings, as vibrant and passionate as ever before. A walking encyclopedia of sewing machines and repairs, he can be regularly found bouncing ideas off of his tailor-picked staff through email, discussing business propositions with vendors and salesmen, and attending conventions.

(PHOTO: John M. Douthat, greeting guests at a Brother convention)

Back in 1995, it was the suggestion of their preadolescent son, John F., that prompted the senior John to consider a website. At the time, the Internet was just pulling itself out of its infancy, long before the dot-com bubble burst of 2000. The World Wide Web was a new frontier, offering limitless potential to some, but nothing more than a gimmick to others. Regardless to say, John and Annette took their business online, becoming the first sewing and vacuum business on the Internet. Shortly after, a new era of prosperity came to AllBrands, and John M. was able to suspend his extensive trips between his ten retail stores. He consolidated his brand further towards home, able to focus on delivering exemplary customer service.

Their twins, John F. and Barbara, have both been a part of the business since high school. Always tinkering with electronics and computers from an early age, John F. built the website, and can be usually found glued to his MacBook Pro while continuously improving and streamlining our extensive system. Barbara, meanwhile, is the head of Product Development, overseeing the cherry-picked selections of vendors, product lines, and products themselves. She maintains and oversees the presentation and quality control of our inventory.

HOW WE GIVE BACK

AllBrands has participated in extensive philanthropy work both here in Louisiana and outside our community. and To our local youth development 4-H charter, The Douthats have donated a brand-new machine every June for the last thirty years to the winner of their design contest, as well as supplies to all the contenders. Several years ago, the company donated over 1000 machines to the 4-H national charter.


Among the other extensive local charities and clubs supported are Fashion Week New Orleans, which raises attention through a variety of high-end runway shows, pop-up boutiques, networking opportunities, and chic parties, and Hemline@LSU, the official student fashion organization at Louisiana State University.

(PHOTO: Project Runway All-Stars winner Anthony Ryan Auld, surrounded by fans at an AllBrands event.)


Outside of our home state, AllBrands responded to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After learning that 60% of the country's exports are sewn products, John M. donating over one hundred factory-sealed Brother sewing machines to the cause. We are also a proud member of the SeaHope Partners, working to do our part to curb the aftereffects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Sewing Machine Project, dedicated to donating machines around the world that have been ravaged by misfortune and disaster.


At our various retail locations, AllBrands is host to a variety of sewing classes for the community, incorporating such guests and celebrities such as Paula Reid of Batts In the Attic and Anthony Ryan Auld, first-place winner of Project Runway All-Stars Season 2.

Giving back to the community is a massive part of who we are. It's how we identify ourselves. Whether it's donating a hundred sewing machines to Haiti, offering sewing classes to the community, seeking out and presenting the biggest names in sewing and crafting, working with and inspiring the local youth, or sponsoring local fashion events, we are here to help.

(PHOTO: Paula Reid conducts a class at an AllBrands.)


THE ALLBRANDS PROMISE



 Dedicated to serving our community whether that's Baton Rouge or any of our retail locations, or worldwide with our diverse charity work we are here to give back. Our extensive contributions have gone back more than thirty years, with well over a thousand machines donated, annual machines given to our beloved local groups, and disaster relief. We came from humble beginnings, and are resolved to leave a large, positive footprint on the world one sewing class, fashion show, or donated machine at a time.

 We promise unparalleled customer service and satisfaction, guaranteed. We like to say that everyone on our team wears a lot of hats, and it's true that almost everyone does several distinctly different things. The overlap allows us to fulfill your every sewing need, and we collaborate to ensure your experience is the best it can be.



(PHOTO: Allbrands Proclimation to The City Council of New Orleans CLICK TO ENLARGE)




Allbrands.com is thrilled to announce this new initiative partnership with The Sewing Machine Project. We will be sending sewing machines and supplies to support sewing classes in Cuba. Please consider making a donation through SewingMachineProject.org a 501(C)3 non profit, to sponsor a sewer!

 

SewCuba!

As Cuba opens to the world and authorizes self-employment and small businesses after decades of a state-controlled economy, YOU can make a difference in this transformation for Cubans who use sewing as a way to improve their lives.

In partnership with AllBrands.com of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Sewing Machine Project is offering sewing machines and sewing supplies to the people of Cuba. This effort will serve to support and revive sewing, allowing Cubans to fashion clothing out of their homes for personal use and commercial sale. Sewing is one of the occupations permitted by the Cuban government to stimulate self-employment.

AllBrands will generously donate 25 Brother sewing machines for the effort. The Sewing Machine Project will be offering sewing supplies and fabric to round out the donation.

Your financial donation is so important. For as little as $25 you can support an upstart sewer, giving him or her the supplies he/she needs to move forward, sewing for the home or as a cottage industry. Your kindness will manifest in sewing kits, fabrics, supplies for individual sewers and the sewing classroom.

Making a donation is easy! Simply click on this link and you’ll be zipped right over to our donation page! As you go through the steps you’ll be given the option to earmark your donation for Cuba. Thanks!

The Sewing Machine Project is an IRS 501(c)3 organization and your donation will be gratefully received and tax deductible.

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The Sewing Machine Project


  • We Are Allbrands

  • John M. and Annette Douthat, the passionate marital team behind our brand, have been in the sewing business since the mid-70s. Together, they have spent forty years cultivating AllBrands.com as their pride and joy, setting an example for competitors everywhere on how to properly offer superior customer service and unbeatable satisfaction. Still active within the company today, John is a regular at our weekly meetings, as vibrant and passionate as ever before. A walking encyclopedia of sewing machines and repairs, he can be regularly found bouncing ideas off of his tailor-picked staff through email, discussing business propositions with vendors and salesmen, and attending conventions.

    Back in 1995, it was the suggestion of their preadolescent son, John F., which prompted the senior John M. to consider a website. At the time, the Internet was just pulling itself out of its infancy, long before the dot-com bubble burst of 2000. The World Wide Web was a new frontier, offering limitless potential to some, but nothing more than a gimmick to others. Regardless to say, John and Annette took their business online, becoming the first sewing and vacuum business on the Internet. John and Annette have been very involved in the community to give back. Through philanthropic endeavors, donating machines, or various charity work both John and Annette have found various outlets to give back to the community. Now, we are a proud retail member of the  Be the Difference Foundation , lending our support to fight Ovarian Cancer.

    In 2015 John M was inducted to the Vacuum & Sewing Dealer Trade Association’s Hall of Fame. He is only the second person in Louisiana to bestowed this honor the other being David Oreck founder of the famous Vacuum Company Oreck Vacuums.

  • Get To Know Us!

    Corporate Office Staff
  • Owners John M. with Wife Annette (Photo By: Collin Richie)

    John M. and Annettte Douthat,  Our Founders

    John, joined by his wife, Annette, began working in the sewing and vacuum (or sew-vac, as we in the industry call it) business in the mid-70s. Together, they have toiled away for almost forty years to establish their brand, based upon the principle of "being a buying agent for the customer, and not a sales agent for the vendor". Their brand is now a multi-million dollar company with six retail locations and a website that's almost old enough to drink.

    Blaine Austin,  Chief Executive Officer and Airplane Enthusiast

    The highly charismatic CEO of AllBrands, Blaine Austin has been called "Mr. Retail," "The Contest King"  and "The Motivator" for his ability to understand how to be successful in retail and how to motivate his staff, and "AirplaneBlaine" for his love of RC airplanes. Formerly the VP & National Sales Manager of the Oreck Corporation, His 25+ years of experience in sales, marketing and operations give him an unusually broad base of experience in which to build sales teams and increase sales.

    John F. Douthat,  Technical Director and Matt Damon Look-Alike

    John F. is the mastermind behind the AllBrands website software, and brought the website possibilities to his parents at the age of 12. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at LSU, he has happily spent his years disassembling and rebuilding all manners of electronics. Less than eager to talk about himself, he desperately wanted me to set his picture as his dogâ€"but I told him half the staff wanted to do that, and that nobody's special. Take that!

    Barbara Chatelain,  Vendor Relations Manager and Animal Lover

     

    A lifelong part of AllBrands, Barbara oversees product selection, development, and quality control. Barbara is an active AllBrands philanthropist through avenues including 4-H, Fashion Week New Orleans, and more. She is a dog enthusiast, a former Yoga instructor, and a passionate part of the company. Barbara works hard to promote the craft, and create an inviting haven for the next generation of sewers/crafters.

    Juanita Spratley,  Accounts Payable and Jack-of-All-Trades

    No-nonsense Juanita enjoys working alone and peacefully. Her extensive contributions to the company include retail purchases, accounting, accounts payable, and generally a little of everything. Eternally professional, she is rather private and now scowls at me in the hall because I had to write this. Hi, Juanita!

    Jennie Watkins, Returns Manager and Cross-Stitcher Extraordinaire

    Jennie handles all the returns issues, including refunds, store credit, relations between vendors and customers, and all that jazz. Her work experience includes a number of years in the secretarial and educational sectors. Another avid reader, she enjoys soft rock/pop, the company of her grandchildren, and cross-stitching.

    Jared Verret,  Operations Manager and Cadillac Enthusiast

    Originally hired as an accountant in 2011, Jared now oversees the day-to-day operations of the company including the warehouse, purchasing department and some accounting. A man of professional skill and occasionally few words, Jared holds a degree in accounting, enjoys classic TV and is the proud owner of a 2007 Cadillac DTS.

    Courtney Douthat,  Credit Card Processing

    Crafty and sly, Courtney enjoys food in all of its forms, but especially sushi and Chinese. She draws, paints, sews, and plays the piano. A trained paralegal and a fan of international travel, she spent the Summer of 2012 abroad spectating the London Olympics and the Tour de France, and she's a jerk for not inviting me.

    April-Mae Boudreau, Web Applications Developer

    I've been a graphic designer for 10+ years, I'm as right brained as they come.  Problem solver who thrives on challenges, works well under pressure and I'm always eager to learn new things!

    Jake Juarez, Service Technician

    Bio and photo coming soon.

     

    Travis Gauthier, Warehouse Manager  

    Bio and photo coming soon.

     

    Seth Chatelain, Service Technician

    Bio and photo coming soon. 

 


FEATURED ARTICLES:

• "Reinventing AllBrands", Business Report Article by Meredith Whitten(link)
• "AllBrands Named LPB Underwriter of the Year(link)
• "Baton Rouge Newspaper(link)
• "Business Report(link)
• "LSU Agricultural Center(link)
• "The Times-Picayune - New Orleans Newspaper(link)
• "July 2010 Issue of SQE Professional" (.PDF) 
• "TheSewingMachineProject.org(link)
• "Brother™ Article on Charity Work(link)
• "Proclamation by the Council of the City of New Orleans" (.PDF)