HELM Boots was founded in 2009 and has become a sought-after boot brand, competing against household names like Frye and Red Wing. But Bingaman didn’t arrive in Austin with a dream to start his own boot company. He did, however, have a passion for quality coffee, and founded Progress Coffee when he was just 23. It was located at what is now the east-side staple Wright Bros. Brew & Brew.
And while we already knew about Bingaman’s history with coffee, we realized there was more to learn. Here’s a list of 10 things you didn’t know about Bingaman and his footwear brand, HELM Boots.
1. Bingaman has a poetic background
The Kiffen Boot, HELM Boots
After arriving in Austin, and before founding Progress Coffee, Bingaman attended Austin Community College where he majored in English/Lit and Poetry. From a young age, Bingaman had a way with words, but only focused on his writings after a major car accident kept him from playing sports for a while. During his recovery, he concentrated his writing on poetry and music, ultimately landing a record deal at age 18. He released a series of short stories along with his first album.