David is originally from a town known for its large handcraft market and comes from a family of merchants. His parents and grandparents used to sell crafts at the market. At 17, David started working with his family to make bedspreads, jackets and other items using traditional Guatemalan textiles.
Traditionally David worked with leather and textiles separately. Then one year, on a trip to a handcraft fair in Spain, he noticed that other countries were combining mediums, mixing leather and textiles. Inspired, David started his own business and began to do the same.
Currently David employs 12 people who work at his leather workshop. He also works with more than 35 independent weavers and embroiderers. Speaking Quiché has been key in running his business, he says, because some of the artists with whom he works are older, indigenous women that don’t speak (or hardly speak) Spanish.
David finds great satisfaction in seeing his products across all different parts of the world. He pays attention to every little detail of his products, and his motto is “never say no to a client without trying first.”