Our Story: From Duke to Amazon to Leather Craft

My name is Ehssan (pronounced EH-SAAN) and I am the Founder and Chief Designer at Coal Creek Leather. I am husband to a beautiful wife (Azi) and father to two adorable girls.

My journey started after graduating from Duke with an MBA and right before starting my job at Amazon. I was in the market for a wallet that I could never find, so I ended up buying a few leather craft tools on Amazon and making one. This hobby continued a couple of years while working full time at Amazon.

As this hobby expanded more and more over the years, so did my passion to where I could not resist my entrepreneurial itch again. On a fine morning, I decided to leave my great job at Amazon to pursue a passion. Many called it absurd, some called it a crazy decision with two kids, but I called it pursuit of a dream! 

I was not a stranger to taking risks in pursuit of a dream. When I sold a successful startup and moved my family across the world from Dubai to this great land a few years ago, to attend Duke Fuqua Business School, some had called me crazy. But I never regretted that decision too! Because I am pursuing a dream- one that I am passionate about. And pursuing a dream requires you to wear out your boots and take the road less travelled on, as Lauren Alaina sings. And I was ready for it!

An American Dream