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Where we began
In 1997 Francis Enterprises LLC started in retail. Rosa Francis and her husband Joe Francis, founders, ventured into selling sheepskin footwear in 2001 in malls across the US. In the beginning the company retailed sheepskin footwear brands that they purchased wholesale, including Cloud Nine Sheepskin.
After years of working with Cloud Nine Sheepskin, they became good friends with the Cloud Nine Sheepskin owner who, when it came time to retire decided to turned over his creation to Joe and Rosa, who now are Cloud Nine Sheepskin – carrying over the tradition created by the originator of the brand.
Rosa and Joe love the adventure of selling and building relationships with customers all around the world. It is a husband and wife creation that brought this operation to grow and grow. Their small operation started from a garage to keep their stock in, to a rented storage unit to a 27,000 square foot warehouse.
Rosa and Joe now retail sheepskin footwear under the Cloud Nine Sheepskin brand, in permanent and seasonal boutiques from Maine to Virginia.
Where we are now
The company sells wholesale to retailers across the U.S. and Europe and are moving into more permanent stores and supporting various non-profit activities and in general spreading their love of natural fibers to those customers who crave them. Cloud Nine Sheepskin has a summer store in Juneau, Alaska and is planning more permanent stores this year and into the future.
Why we do what we do…
Beneath everything Rosa and Joe do, is their passion for people. They care for people above and beyond well. They support charities that help people in all different types of situations. So of course they carry this over to their business. They felt it was important to give their customers not only a beautiful well made shoe but one that was comfortable beyond the norm and most importantly natural as well. This is how Cloud Nine Sheepskin stores feel – comfortable, homey and natural. Rosa and Joe put that extra care into each of their stores, so as you can imagine, they have done the same with their online store as well.