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In a time of social and physical distancing, we thought it about time we brought our family, staff, and community closer than ever – virtually, of course.

Every month, we'll be bringing you Q&A's with new members of our team in Ethiopia, to continue building the bridges and uniting us all under one common goal – to make a better bag for a better world.


What does your job entail?

Ekram: I'm responsible for monitoring stock, knowing when to replenish which items, and then recording, evaluating, and analyzing the results.

Yanet: I'm involved in each production process & responsible for each product being made to perfection.

What is your favorite thing about working for Parker Clay?

Ekram: The purpose of our company and the people I am working with! More than anything, what I love is that what I do matters.

Yanet: The impact we have and the work environment we share always keep me energetic and I feel very lucky to be part of this team.

What is your favorite Parker Clay product?

Ekram: The Emma in Black & Miramar in Sand

Yanet: The Merkato Tote, I love how the name comes from the biggest shopping center in Addis!

What does working in sustainable fashion mean to you?

Ekram: It means a great deal because we have a positive impact on our planet, along with the fair labor practices that I get to witness every day.

Yanet: In my opinion, it's all about the quality of the product. If high quality is sustainable, the business will be sustainable, and fashion can be sustainable too.  

What's your favorite food or drink?

Ekram: Doro Wot and Coca-Cola!

Yanet: Water! And raw meat with awaze.

What's something you've read or watched recently that you loved?

Ekram: Give and Take by Adam Grant and When The Moon Splits by Safiur Rahman

Yanet: It’s an Ethiopian novel called Emegua, which tells the story of Ethiopian rural areas and the ancient wisdom of Ethiopian people.

What's your favorite day of the year? Why?

Ekram: June 28, the day my parents got married.

Yanet: Easter carries a lot of meaning for me because it shows Christ's love for all of us here on Earth.   

If you ever had to leave Ethiopia, what would you miss the most?

Ekram: Home, I would miss my home.

Yanet: I would miss my family and friends more than anything.

Learn more about the impact behind Parker Clay -- Better Bags For a Better World