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Sophie Eckrich The Co- Founder of Teysha Ethically Handcrafted Shoes Has Announced Collaboration with Shoe Designer Selena McCartney

Teysha’s mission is to create economic opportunity for artisans and cultures to thrive.  

They work with traditional artisans in Latin America to create thoughtfully designed goods which empower artisans to earn a livelihood in their traditional craft.  

Teysha, the stunning handcrafted shoes recently announced their first installment of a collaboration with shoe designer, Selena McCartney bringing her 15 years of shoe designing experience to their Guatemalan craftsmen.

Selena and Sophie Eckrich, the 29-year-old co-founder of Teysha, are both born and raised in Central Texas with Latina mothers, so the collaboration has been full of cultural exchange and has brought new techniques to the artisan groups in Guatemala.

“The idea for Teysha has always been to create opportunities for people and cultures to thrive through beautiful and meaningful design. We have lived this mission since 2012, while building our own workshop in Guatemala, building an impactful local supply chain, and creating 15+ jobs in Guatemala,” stated Eckrich.

Over the past five years, Teysha has built their own workshop in Guatemala, employing over fifteen traditional shoemakers. They have designed rural supply chains enabling women and men weavers to work in their communities and care for their families.

Teysha has pioneered the custom- designed footwear market enabling customers to directly collaborate with artisans around the world.   One of Teysha’s employees in Guatemala, Victor, began with the company when he was 18 years old and working as a leather-cutter. Through working with Teysha, Victor was able to afford to complete his University degree in Accounting and has now been promoted to assistant workshop manager in Guatemala.

That is just one example of how Teysha is helping to better the lives of their craftsmen and women.


These are the most beautiful shoe I’ve ever owned. They are even more exquisite in person – the fit, the pattern – I am so thrilled about them. Looking to buy more for my (now very envious) family and friends!” Kaila

Teysha plans to expand its collection from shoes to bags, apparel, and home goods, enabling the company to continue expanding its artisan network and impact.

Teysha is also thrilled to be launching a collaboration in the fall of 2018 with the Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market’s micro finance foundation to bring more opportunities to artisans and empower more small business owners in Guatemala.

Quick facts About Teysha Shoes

  • Teysha textiles are woven on a traditional loom, each textile represents a different community and story.
  • Teysha shoes are hand-crafted by second and third generation shoe makers in our own workshop near Antigua, Guatemala
  • Teysha pays above fair-trade wages and provides additional training opportunities for our artisan partners.
  • All materials are locally sourced in Guatemala, helping strengthen small businesses.
  • Many of Teysha partners are women-owned businesses.
  • Teysha is based in Austin, TX and Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Founded by Austenite’s after graduating from the University of Texas and University of Georgia at age 22!


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  1. Amanda Woods July 12, 2018 Reply

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