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Tibeb Leatherworks: Leather Goods with a Soul, from Ethiopia to Santa Fe, New Mexico | Joshua Gebreyes

Tibeb Leatherworks: Leather Goods with a Soul, from Ethiopia to Santa Fe, New Mexico

On today’s episode we are joined by Joshua Gebreyes of Tibeb Leatherworks. Joshua is an architecture student interning from Ethiopia, who is crafting beautiful leather-bound journals and wallets using Ethiopian fabrics and prints.

Joshua, 4 friends, and his brother began by making leather goods for themselves, but eventually decided to start crafting them to be sold. They combine their passion for Ethiopian culture, architecture, and design to create stunning leather products.

This week on Small Business War Stories, Joshua Gebreyes join us from his internship in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Three reasons to tune in this week: 

  • Learn how Joshua began leatherworking and how he managed to create a brand.
  • Hear about the ways Ethiopian culture and style are expressed in their leatherwork.
  • Hear the ways Joshua plans to grow the company, what he has learned along the way, and the ways his company gives back to their community.

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This episode is part of the Soul of America tour sponsored by Freshbooks. During October 2017, I took my second tour of America. I drove with my puppy Muddy Waggers, my guitar, and my podcasting equipment with the goal of recording podcast episodes with small business owners throughout the heart of America.

If you have any questions or comments about today’s episode, please leave them below.

Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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