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.
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.
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.
Laur - Customer Service Line and Retail Genius
Laur is a writer from Indiana, putting them in the fine company of Kurt Vonnegut, Adam Driver and Garfield. Here at Paco, they will be your guide on your journey to the perfect collar! Whether in store, at a show, via email or phone (sometimes all at once!) they will help you find the best collar or leash for the animals in your life. When not fielding questions with their Midwestern charm, they can be found slaying crowds at karaoke bars or staring adoringly at their cat Scout (pictured, on right).
Jen - HR aka Head of Rhinestones
Jen is an artist/illustrator who has an affinity for all things bird related. At Paco she is part of the design team, making sure your collars are sufficiently sparkly before they reach your eager hands. When not at the shop, she can either be found backpacking across California, or in her kitchen cooking up something fabulous.