Our Story


Founders began with a small group of friends who started meeting weekly for bonfires and cigars in the early days of the 2020 pandemic. At a time when the rest of the world was shut down, cigars served as a surprising catalyst for connection.

Founders was created to empower others toward the same, drawing on the rich history of the American experience to deliver timeless smokes with distinctive profiles that fuel conversation, inspire friendship, and build community.

Our cigars seek to embody the immutable characteristics of the men and women who made America the great nation she is today. Crafted from the finest tobaccos, each stick reflects a unique part of the American identity.

We believe that cigars are more than just a pastime – they’re a way to build community. From the rich aroma of a freshly lit cigar to the camaraderie shared among smokers, cigars have the power to bring people together in a way that few other things can. That’s why we’re dedicated to creating a community of cigar enthusiasts who share our passion for quality, craftsmanship, and the art of smoking.

By honoring the rich diversity of America’s founding personalities, we hope to bring friends and strangers together for great smokes that hearken to a free people marked by common destiny. E pluribus unum!