CLAFLIN, THAYER & CO. is a sewing and design studio started by Liz Thayer in 2009. She currently works out of a cozy retail space and workshop, located in Oakland, CA's thriving Temescal Alley. Liz has worked for over a decade designing shoes and accessories for major fashion retailers in San Francisco and New York; but her true love is working in her own studio to create timeless staples that will last a lifetime. Liz focuses primarily on designing and sewing outerwear, leather goods, and accessories. She has also been known to moonlight as a sign-painter, illustrator, and cartwheeler, among other things. 

In 1830, AARON CLAFLIN & CO. was founded as a boot and shoe manufacturer in New York City. By the late 1800's, Liz's great-grandfather, Edward Claflin Thayer, was managing the family company, then known as CLAFLIN, THAYER & CO.  The business ran in downtown Manhattan until the 1930's, at which time it closed after almost 100 years of business. Various documents and memorabilia remain, including the original storefront sign that Liz proudly displays in her shop. 


Inquiries are welcome for special projects both large and small. I love working with other brands to design and produce promotional gifts, exclusives, and new products for collaborative projects. Small quantities (1-100 units) are produced in the Oakland, CA workshop while larger orders (100+) are placed with local factories in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note the following:

  • MATERIALS: Primary materials are leather, suede, and innovative alternatives for higher price point brands with a focus on quality product and environmentally-safe practices.
  • PRODUCTION: All products are made in the USA in safe, regulated factories by experienced crafts people who create high quality goods. 

Please get in touch to learn more.


Several in-stock styles are available in a variety of colors. Please email for wholesale inquiries & pricing. Include the name of your shop, website, and estimated order quantity.


Jackets & vest are only available for purchase in the Oakland shop at this time. Starting April 6th 2018, a collection of Worker Vests will be available in sizes XXS-XL with a new style of outerwear added every few months. Please stop in to try a jacket on.