The addition of John Gakuru to the Feels Botanical team is an exciting phase for the business and brand. Feels is continually focused on challenging the norm and invoking a deeper connection with your senses and life's experience. With John's unwavering passion for innovation, equality, and the hospitality industry, along with his wealth of experience, we are confident that he will play a vital role in continuing and furthering this direction. Together, we embark on a thrilling adventure to push the boundaries of possibility and create extraordinary experiences for all.
Gakuru conveyed his excitement about joining Feels Botanical, expressing, "I’m so excited to jump in with the Feels brand and team! So many brands strive for differentiation, Feels is truly unique. The four expressions of Feels are distinctive and delicious liquids that open up countless possibilities for bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts alike. "
Welcome to the Feels Family, John!
With a well-traveled background in the spirits industry, Gakuru's journey began in Kenya, then led him to England, and now finds him settled in Los Angeles.
Accumulating over two decades of invaluable experience in the global liquor sector, he has left his indelible mark on diverse roles and continents.
His journey began managing Lab Bar in London's upscale Soho district during the early days of the cocktail renaissance. In 2005, he became the Global Brand Ambassador for Sagatiba Cachaça, successfully elevating the brand's status worldwide over seven years.
Later, Gakuru spent six years with Think Spirits in Australia, driving the company to a Top 10 distributor with his expertise as the On-Premise Manager and Trade Marketing Manager, handling more than 35 premium spirit brands in their portfolio.
In 2017, he moved to the USA and thrived as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Sweet & Chilli
USA. Finally, in 2020, he co-founded Coruscent Co.
alongside Emily Wheldon, a venture focused on creating and building exceptional brands, and building lasting client relationships across North America.
Blake, one of the founders of Feels welcomes John by expressing his gratitude "It’s great recognition for Feels to have someone of John's caliber, understand our direction, believe in it and want to be involved to help bring it to life. We are extremely excited to have him be part of the team".
Whilst enjoying a Feels with John, Blake asked what his favourite Feels is so far...
'Instant hit with me was Feels Vivify
. The tropical island vibes and balance of sweet, fruit & spice was so enjoyable".