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HERNÁN Chocolate de Metate

HERNÁN LLC was founded in 2007 by Isela Hernandez. Originally from Del Rio, Texas, Isela grew up in the small town along the US-Mexico border, just minutes away from Cuidad Acuña, Coahuila. She was raised in the best of both worlds, exploring the opportunities of the US while remaining closely connected to Mexico’s rich culture.

After 8 years in the fashion industry in New York and Los Angeles, Isela moved back to her hometown where she became active in community development work.

There, she worked on the revitalization of Del Rio’s economically depressed downtown district, an area that serviced both locals but mainly Mexican nationals. It became clear that the economic health of Del Rio was directly linked, if not dependent, on the vitality of their sister city across the border in Mexico.

Inspired by this experience, Isela was determined to find a way to use her business acumen to influence others in her home community. After returning to New York, she worked at the Synergos Institute, an international non-governmental organization with a program specifically designed to address philanthropy along the US-Mexico border.

The idea for HERNÁN developed after a trip to Guerrero, Coahuila. During this trip, while contemplating the vast Mexican landscape, Isela decided to use her experience as a merchant to start a business with socially responsible underpinnings that would capitalize on the popularity of Mexican cuisine and culture.

The HERNÁN kitchenware line was launched in the spring of 2007. It targets gourmet and foodies whose discerning tastes appreciate the quality and authentic nature of the products.

Today HERNÁN products continue to encompass a respect for Mexican traditional design with a functional and contemporary sensibility. The goal is to open up new markets for artisans and producers that would normally not have an audience outside of Mexico. To address issues on both sides of the border closer to home, a percentage of profits will be invested in the HERNÁN foundation in Del Rio, Texas. HERNÁN is headquartered in Del Rio, Texas.