Laura Vasquez, co-founder of Hecho Latino clothing, described her shirt, "We have really soft fabric and all the details like the stitching; the extra contrast stitching this one has a butterfly on the back and this one says the sun shines for everyone or the sun shines for us all."
Dan says it's words like these, "One of the ones I heard many times from my grandmother was, one that in Spanish means 'God helps those who get up early,' but the English equivalent would be 'The early bird gets the worm.'
That motivated him to put everything on the line to make shirts that could empower Latin youth to wear their heritage, literally, on their sleeves. The entire Vasquez family, including Dan's wife and two kids, have helped design and make the shirts. His son and daughter even model the tees for the web and have put in their two cents to help create a line that is fresh and young.
Dan said, "We're hoping that it will bring back a lot of memories to kids. We're hoping they can honor their past, the past of their latino culture."
I think the The Vasquez family chose to have these shirts made in Guatemala, sticking with the Latin theme. Then they're packed up and brought to the warehouse in Dallas, where they are then shipped all over the country.
Dan says, "The whole point was this is a Latin country, so we wanted to have it be made in Latin-American countries so we have two different countries, Guatemala and El Salvador, that are doing our shirts for us." He and his wife Laura even visited the factory to ensure the shirts weren't produced in a sweat shop.
The shirts' inside lining boasts all the flags from Latin countries. And the next addition may be bracelets from the same material. It's just one more way the Vasquez family wants to continue representing a culture that has added richness and culture to their lives.