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About the Founders

Brittany & Ian Bentley

Parker Clay handcrafts premium leather goods in Ethiopia, transforming communities through trade to create social and economic empowerment. We create jobs for vulnerable individuals and support prevention, rehabilitation, and job training for women transitioning out of trafficking. We share our story to educate our customers on the ways their purchases empower others within the global community.

Co-Founder, Creative Director

Brittany Bentley

Brittany Bentley is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Parker Clay, a lifestyle brand committed to making a better bag for a better world. One year after traveling to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter, Brittany and her husband, Ian, would relocate their family to Addis Ababa to work with vulnerable women and children. Having realized the potential impact, they created Parker Clay to showcase the beauty of premium Ethiopian leather while creating safe, dignified employment for at-risk women. 


Today, Brittany lives with her family in Santa Barbara, California, where she is responsible for the design and development of Parker Clay products, while also guiding the brand in maintaining its original vision.

Co-Founder, CEO

Ian Bentley

Ian Bentley is the Co-Founder and CEO of Parker Clay, a lifestyle brand committed to making a better bag for a better world. One year after traveling to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter, Ian and his wife, Brittany, would relocate their family to Addis Ababa to work with vulnerable women and children. Having realized the potential impact, they created Parker Clay to showcase the beauty of premium Ethiopian leather while creating safe, dignified employment for at-risk women. 

Today, Ian lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California, where Parker Clay has established an office, warehouse, and flagship store, along with their factory and nearly 200 employees in Addis Ababa.

TEDx

We need to be a global community that fights for the value of those most vulnerable, and we need to be conscious consumers without compromising on the quality and style that we love. - Ian Bentley

Yahoo Finance

Brittany Bentley joined Yahoo Finance to discuss how the company is making an impact through employment.

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Forbes

As a certified B Corp, Ian and Brittany aren’t just creating jobs in Ethiopia, they are paying their employees living wages that average 87% higher than comparable positions, while offering their workers life skills that will help them succeed beyond their Parker Clay tenure.

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Men's Journal

Parker Clay’s founders, Ian and Brittany Bentley, wanted to create such an environment for Ethiopian women.

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