Hecho en Carolina began with a phone call.
A teacher reached out to textile worker members of Siembra NC, a grassroots deportation defense and labor organizing group in North Carolina, to find out if they could help fill a shortage of masks for frontline workers serving meals to families struggling because of the pandemic.
At the same time, some of Hecho en Carolina's seamstresses started to see COVID-19 outbreaks at the Randolph County production facilities where they worked, which often did not disclose when workers got sick or make social distancing possible. A few family members tested positive. They needed another way to earn an income, safely.
Letty, Jose and Toña retrofitted a garage as a commercial cut-and-sew workshop, and they worked throughout the summer to design prototypes for the Guilford County Association of Educators.
Since then, we have helped organizations test and design patterns that fit especially for workers who need to use them all day. Our masks are designed to be breathable, customizable for each person's face and to meet the highest standards for COVID-19 defense.
We take this process seriously, and we're proud of our work: our most important customers are our family members who work construction, landscaping and in restaurants.