Paco Collars was born in 2002 when Ana couldn’t find a collar strong enough for her pit bull Paco. When she tried to find a collar they were all spikey and intimidating. She thought maybe she could do it better.
Like any new company starting with only a dream and not nearly enough capital, there were lots of years working out of basements and warehouses and many years not sure if we were going to get paid. We kept growing,and perfecting our craft. In 2009 tragedy struck and Paco died in an accident. Things looked bleak, but later that year we moved into a tiny shop with retail space in Berkeley.
We have been slowly expanding the shop, and while we might have more space and more people we are all still in one room, making collars the old fashioned way.
Ana - Founder
Ana is the one that started it all. Her life used to be consumed with Paco (the dog) and building the company. Now that she is a bit older and wiser her days are filled with milking goats (yes! in her backyard!) and being a mom to her human child, and hanging with her dog Cornbread. She still comes to the shop everyday and makes collars, and is the creative director here at Paco.
Molly - Design Team Phenom
Hailing from the East Coast, Molly has lived on every possible coast of the US. Along with Ana she is responsible for decorating your collars and leashes and coming up with new designs. When she isn’t thinking about adding more bling to something she is hanging out and snuggling with her cat Jane.
Lael - Leather Cutter Extraordinaire
Lael is an illustrator from Maryland and cuts leather with the cat like precision of the felines he so adores. He is the first person to touch your Paco Collar, hand picking each hide and making sure your order is perfect from the start. When not at Paco you may find him luxuriating among stacks of death metal records or perhaps frolicking with ferrets.
Juliene - Late Night Build Team
Juliene is a magic creature who comes in the night and builds your collars. Juliene is always accompanied by her familiar Sage (a collie cross) and together they bevel, dye, punch and set the buckles for the collars. In her free time she hangs out with her horse, drives a big truck and practices her knife throwing skills. She insisted that there would be no photographic evidence of her… and who are we to say no to that!
Leslie - Head of all things Paco (Fixer of Things)
If something needs happening at Paco, Leslie is the one to do it. From making sure payroll and taxes are paid to finding new stone colors, to selling collars on the road, to building new displays in the shop, Leslie has her hands full. When she isn’t at Paco she is competing in agility with her dog Gnome and working on her own projects at home.
Jen - Retail and Customer Service Rockstar
Jen is an avid bird finder (she has scars to prove it!) and an incredible illustrator. She is the first person you’ll talk to around here. She is in charge of the shop, answering the phones, and emails. She is also the last person to touch your order when it goes through quality control before she ships it out. Jen is also an ace ping pong and poker player!
Mariana - General Superstar and Badass Lady
Mariana can do it all (and she does!) From working the front of the shop, and general customer service, to build team member and part time decorator Mariana has her hands on just about every Paco collar to leave the shop. When she isn’t here, she is perfecting her makeup skills (always on point) and hiking the East Bay hills with her dog Lobo.
Olivia - Master of All Things Build
Olivia grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she was home schooled by her mom who sang songs about stalactites and stalagmites. Here at Paco she is The Master of All Things Build, prepping your collars and leashes, taking on strange leather projects and running the build team. When she isn’t obsessing on perfection here at Paco she is writing Lord of The Rings fan fiction in her Oakland hobbit hole.