Hecho is a curated emporium of ethically made artisan works that serve as the intersection of contemporary design and traditional artisan processes.
The foundation for this project began to take shape when Ehren Seeland, Founder and Creative Director of Hecho, was regularly traveling the globe for international development work. With this, she was able to connect with a number of government agencies, NGOs and skilled artisans throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Inspiration arose from the handmade pieces and artisan stories that she gathered while on the road, along with the recognition of a desire to share these remarkable experiences within the context of a sustainable business built on partnerships, respect and transparency.
A small group of hand-selected artisans in Mexico and Guatemala serve as the base of the Hecho collaborative partners. These are incredibly hardworking, knowledgeable and creative individuals who are dedicated to their respective crafts, and upholding family and cultural traditions.
Many of the featured pieces on this website are the result of custom product development with our artisan partners.
While Hecho is able to offer insight into customizing handmade pieces for the international market, along with expertise around marketing and effective storytelling, it is the highly developed skills, creative insight and technical input of the artisans that are truly essential to this process. It is our honor and privilege to work with a growing roster of artisan partners. We also actively maintain a special focus on supporting women in their creative work – both as groups and individuals.
Hecho is committed to transparency and ethical sourcing practices. When custom client orders are given to our artisan partners, a 50% deposit is always paid upon submission – both for good faith and also so that artisans do not need to use their own funds for materials. Hecho manages the production process with regular meetings and updates, and pays the remainder of the balance upon successful completion of every order.
Respect, in-person communication, and development are important to the work that we do. Hecho collaborates with our artisan partners in order to streamline production processes and marketing potential. We also maintain a focus on visibility and the preservation of artisan art forms through positive shared revenue streams.
In the interest of helping to broaden their client bases, Hecho works with artisan partners to help streamline production and proofing processes that are geared towards working with international clients.
In short, this is a business partnership, and with this, both the makers and Hecho hold each other to a high standard.
Hecho is based in Oaxaca, Mexico. If you've never been, we highly recommend visiting this beautiful state – we'll even take you to our favorite venue for street tlayudas (the best).
In addition to developing, producing and marketing products for the Hecho line, we also work with select retail clients on projects related to individual sourcing, custom product development, and special writing and photography projects that center on highlighting and celebrating the process of handmade.
We are happy to discuss specific client needs – feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org