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Designed in California. Made in Ethiopia.

Heritage Craftsmanship

Since the days of Pharaohs, Ethiopia has been producing and exporting prized leathers, luxurious spices, and rich coffees. From this historic land, we source and produce each and every one of our high quality cotton, leather, coffee, and jewelry products. These goods are designed to honor the farmers and artisans in Ethiopia who create them.

Ethically Made

Our commitment to ethical production standards starts at the origins of each of our products. We source our leather from traditional tanneries that combine quality craftsmanship with modern environmental innovations. These tanneries source leather as a by-product of the livestock industry, and recycle all the water used in the tanning process. Our products are dyed with industry standard chrome dyes and, increasingly, with all-natural organic vegetable based dyes.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we grew our Parker Clay leather production team from one artisan and a sewing machine to almost twenty employees in our own production facility - and we are still growing! We operate our production facility according to fair trade principles, provide generous compensation packages, and include workplace benefits to our artisans. Employees are given fair wages, vacation time, pension plans, transportation to and from work, access to laundry facilities, daily team coffee breaks, and more. We believe this holistic investment in our employees is an investment in their families and communities.

We partner with a number of other artisans and companies from Addis Ababa to source our woven goods, shoes, coffee, and jewelry. These long-term partnerships offer local producers access to the global marketplace, thereby strengthening the local economy.

Quality Products

Parker Clay products are made with premium Ethiopian materials and designed in California. We worked with our partner tanneries to develop the highest quality, premium full grain leather and suede in timeless colors. Our team hand selects each piece of leather before cutting, assembling, and stitching the products using state of the art German machinery.

Our design process is informed by our upbringing in California to create classic products that are built for adventure and styled for the city. Leather develops a distinct patina as it ages, making leather products look better over time and use. We hope to see Parker Clay leather products passed down through generations.

Parker Clay cotton and jewelry products are made using traditional Ethiopian techniques, materials, and styles. Our California based design team develops color palettes and updated designs that nod to traditional Ethiopian styles while appealing to a global audience, ultimately aiming to preserve the rich legacy of quality Ethiopian craftsmanship.

Leather Making

We use only premium Ethiopian leather, hand selected to ensure quality, beauty, and durability.

Cotton Weaving

We hand-spin Ethiopian organic cotton on traditional looms at our partner's workshop in Ethiopia.

Jewelry Making

We work with rural Ethiopian farmers who collect and upcycle artillery shells into timeless jewelry.

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