Parker Clay Giveaway

I’ve always been drawn to classic leather bags that have been loved, used and worn in. The kind of bag you hang on to for eternity, travel the world with and think, “if only that bag could talk.” I have just the place for you to find such a bag and the best part, the people behind it have a pretty good story to tell themselves and it will tug at your heart.

Ian and Brittany Bentley (high school sweet hearts) got married and had two boys—Parker and Clay. While raising their boys in Santa Barbara they caught a news story that shook them to their core about orphans in the world. Being the parents of two young boys, it especially hit home for them and ultimately led them to Ethiopia where they adopted a baby girl. A year later, they moved the entire family to Ethiopia to work alongside organizations that empowered women and children through skills development and job creation, thus creating opportunities for them so they are less vulnerable to prostitution and human trafficking. All the while become deeply connected to the communities and people there.

There are about 163 million orphans in the world today.

During their three years in Africa, Ian found himself shopping for a birthday gift for Brittany and settled on a leather bag. Turns out, Ethiopia produces some of the highest quality leather in the world. We just don’t know it because it usually gets shipped to a factory in another country—light-bulb moment. Fast-forward and that sweet birthday gift became the start of a luxury handbag line called Parker Clay. Ian and Brittany returned to Santa Barbara—with a second adopted daughter—and got to work creating a brand that not only has some amazing leather and textile pieces but also provides opportunities for men and women in Ethiopia where their factory is.

Amazing, right? Turns out, you really can make a difference in the world.

Brittany and I got together for a picnic with the kids—Elin and her youngest are a few months apart—and talked motherhood, family and handbags. For the record, she makes 5 kids look way too easy, I was taking copious notes. Giveaway details below!

The Caroline tote above is one of my favorite styles from Parker Clay. I love the skinny shape, thin straps and pocket up front, not to mention the color is leather perfection. (right) Their oldest daughter Abby. 

Giveaway Details

Enter to win a $500 gift credit to Parker Clay by leaving a comment below, following @ParkerClayIntl and @couldihavethatGiveaway ends 5/18 at 9 am PST. 

The Merkato Signature Tote has a boxy shape so you can fit lots and lots—a perfect travel bag, carryall tote or even diaper bag. 

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How many kids to you have? Ages? We have 5 kids, ages 3,7,9,11, and 14. They keep our lives busy and hearts full!   

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What’s the best part of your day? Nothing beats having a car full of kids sharing (or groaning) about their days at school. I love hearing their energy and experiences after being away from them all day. But, in contrast, the sweet spot between their bed time and mine is pretty great, too!

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What’s your least favorite part of the day? And all the moms say: HOMEWORK! Seriously, judging that amount of schoolwork among 4 of my school-aged children is a challenge!  While I do the best I can with the knowledge I have, I’m known to FaceTime the grandparents for extra homework help.  

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Owning a business and being a mom is a juggling act. What things have you found that make it easier? I always need a creative outlet. I love designing and getting excited about a new project; it makes me a happier and more well-rounded wife and mom. But in reality, without having a handle on the tasks at home, I would feel out of balance and control. Our village (seriously, it really does take a village) rallies with us during this season with pick-ups, sports tasks, homework, etc. In addition, we let the kids help at the store. It lends a hand while exposing them to business practices.

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What’s one important thing you do for yourself on a daily basis? A good kombucha or coffee = day made!

Thank you to Parker Clay for supporting this post, all opinions are my own.

Photography by Jacqueline Pilar.

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194 comments

  1. What stunning photos, but more importantly, thank you for using your platform to share this amazing story! I love thinking about the little things that add up to big happenings in our life. This story literally brought goosebumps to me thinking about the little events that wound up bringing this sweet family to where they are today. Can’t wait to share it with others.

  2. Wow what a story and what a beautiful bag. It’s always anaazing feeling to give back, the impact is ever lasting

  3. Love these bags and the amazing story behind them. So nice when a brand is more than just a name! Beautiful and inspiring

  4. What a beautiful family and story! I had wondered the story behind this company and love how authentic and personal it is!

  5. Those bags are gorgeous! Sometimes life throws crazy things at you, that’s a gorgeous story. People need to help people. I think that’s the greatest thing about all of this. My sister is adopted as well as my godson. It’s a glorious thing loving others and it fills a part of you you didn’t always know existed! Happy almost mother’s day to all!

  6. I have been eyeing the classic tote for over a year now. It’s so beautiful I love this company, both the products and the cause. ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. I have the Merkato tote in dark brown and I am loving it! Fits my laptop and all my other things very well.

  8. I just LOVE my parker clay bag. It is versatile. I get copious amounts of comments on it all the time. Love what this company is about!!!

  9. I’ve walked by the store so many times. I’m so happy to know the story behind the products. Next time I will stop and shop.
    Thanks Sam for sharing.

  10. What an incredible backstory on this brand! Definitely tugs at the heartstrings. And wow, their daughter Abby is gorgeous!!!
    And about the bags ~ they look soft as butter! Swoon…

    Following both on instagram as @rainesmom

  11. Honest, pure and inspiring! This story is a nod to women, children and business all wrapped up in one. My husband and I are discussing baby #4 and Brittany makes it seem so attainable! She is beautiful, her story is beautiful and her daughters are beautiful! So happy to read about it 🙂

  12. These bags look beautiful and functional! A great story about the brand. Following on Instagram.

  13. I met the Bentleys through our adoption process – we traveled together and our daughters were actually crib mates! I love the work they are doing with Parker Clay. Biggest hearts I know.

  14. I’ve been lusting after a Parker Clay bag for ages! What an inspiring story coupled with such a beautiful product. This is exactly the type of company I want to support!

  15. As a foster care worker there’s is not much more I love than adoption. I love your story, your brand and your bags!

  16. What a beautiful story of what love in mind and in deed looks like. Phenomenal quality and love supporting a company that supports others.

  17. I was gifted my first Parker Clay bag last year and its a favorite of mine for so many reasons! Love this company.

  18. Stunning bags…all of them. Coffee is my jam as well! Homework, not so much. Thank you for the beautiful article

  19. I used to work for a similar company in Uganda. I love the story and the impact behind these gorgeous bags!

  20. What an incredible story and incredible products ! It’s so cool how companies like Parker and Clay can make such an incredible difference in the world and in people’s lives!

  21. Beautiful products and a heart for people! Such an incredible legacy to leave to her children and an inspiration to so many. For me, one of these bags would be my forever purse.

  22. I heard about Parker Clay after adopting my son from Ethiopia and attending a Created for Care conference! I not only fell in love with the bags but did so because I love the country and what Parker Clay supports!

  23. God bless this amazing family and company! The bags are BEAUTIFUL, but the mission is what is most attractive!

  24. I’ve been eyeing your bags for a while now, but I didn’t know your story! Thanks for sharing. I’d love to make a Parker clay bag a part of my everyday go to!

  25. Their story represents a willingness to creatively combine purpose, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all!

  26. Beautiful photos! Love hearing about all that’s going on at ParkerClay! Love you guys, Keepbit up! I’m gonna keep dreaming about my first bag

  27. Love your quality bags and accessories. Such an amazing family, doing important work. Speaks to my heart, really. Thank you.

  28. Oh, Parker Clay, how I love you. Thank you for sharing your story and creating beautiful, ethical, and meaningful products. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway. Happy Mother’s Day!

  29. Adoption is something, Lord willing, that we know will be in our future. My husband’s family grew from adoption and it is one of the greatest blessings. To find a company that supports such a precious avenue of love makes me so happy- and I hope I can do the same one day! I’ve seen these bags for awhile, and they are SO beautiful!

  30. I am new to the Parker Clay experience and I LOVE IT!! Everyday I get a compliment on my leather bag and I boast about the family that started this amazing journey for so many!!

  31. my mom is my world am her copy past we are lookalike neighbors sometimes call me by her name,my name have direct and memorable meaning of her life part,she give up everything for me,when mothers day come i always wonder what can i give her,except my love,care and littel support i don’t have any thing.but always she is the best and the one and the only.love you “Etete”(mom nick name)
    lastly Want to say thank you Parker clay

  32. I have been looking for a simple leather bag for over two years..but I wanted the money to go to a good cause…I think I just found it! 🙂

  33. This is such a fantastic giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance to win. This would totally make my day! Following as motherofpearl81

  34. Thank you for sharing, now I even more want to own on of their bags… pictures came out beautiful as well.

  35. I discovered Parker Clay on instagram about a year ago and I remember being totally in awe and inspired by their story. I hope to one day have that kind of impact on the world but for now, little bits everyday. Thank you for sharing!

  36. What an amazing story and impact. All of their bags look gorgeous, and I’m sure more so after a few years of life!

  37. Love PatkerClay bags and the story behind the company. Although I didn’t know it was named after their sons – cute fact!

  38. Love love your story, what you stand for and I’m a huge fan and long time supporter of Parker Clay bags! Thank you!

  39. Love, love, love my Merkato tote and get compliments on the regular. I use it every day as my laptop bag for work. Would enjoy sharing more Parker Clay bags with loved ones!

  40. These are beautiful. I’ve looking for a great classic leather bag. I love these and supporting a cause makes me love them all the more.

  41. Beautiful bags! I love to find products I adore, that are supporting a worthy cause! Glad I came across your link, through the Ariel Gordon site,( also a favorite of mine!). Living on a very limited budget, makes you become very discerning about where those hard earned dollars go. I will spread the word about this great find!

  42. Love all your bags and your story is so inspiring! Love my small PC pieces and look forward to the day I can purchase a larger tote for work!

  43. Love this story. My mother too made motherhood look easy with 3 of her own (1 adopted) and 3 (of about 30 over 6 years) foster children. There’s a special place for women who use their motherhood superpowers in such a beautiful way!

  44. thank you for introducing me to the bags and the story and of course the people behind them all. not everyday you get an intersection of beautiful products and lovely acts of generosity ..

  45. Inspiring story and gorgeous products! Love finding out about new products with this kind of story behind them.

  46. I’ve been looking for a new bag and I think the Caroline tote might be “the one!” So beautiful and I love that external pocket!

  47. The kind of purse you could pass on to your daughter. Timeless and only more beautiful with age!

  48. Wow! What an amazing family! Beautiful pictures of you two moms and the girls – and let’s not forget about the bags 😉 – just love them!

  49. I adore that Merkato Signature Tote! Such a beautiful warmly toned bag! I love that the company gives back as well!

  50. Omg I love these bags! I need a new purse desperately and I’m so picky.. but I absolutely love the look of worn leather. These are perfect! I’m crossing all my fingers and toes for this!! IG name is jolenej1030

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