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Exploring Life & Business with Natalia Acosta of Tipico Tico

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalia Acosta.

Hi Natalia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Tipico Tico began in 2018 by my mother (Alejandra) and I (Natalia) when we saw there was a need for Guatemalan representation in the fashion space. It was very important to us that create pieces that are environmentally and socially conscious, along with celebrating our Guatemalan culture. We create hand-crafted accessories that highlight vintage textiles and genuine leather. We work directly with our artisans to further instill ethical and sustainable practices.

Our process begins with flying to Guatemala City, so we can head out to hand-sourced vintage textiles from a second-hand market in the highlands of Chichicastenango (about a 3-hour commute from the capital). We then bring all of our amazing finds to Antigua, Guatemala (another 2.5-hour commute from Chichicastenango), where we work with our leatherman to create our collections of handbags, camera accessories, and more!

At Tipico Tico, we try to be as transparent and educational of our process. Since we source vintage textiles, there is so much history and stories behind them that we love to share. We also love to share the impact our audience makes to our artisans with every order they make. Especially during the pandemic, as the world shut down and jobs were being lost, we were able to create more jobs and a steady income for artisans, which we are extremely proud of.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Building a business from scratch definitely came with a lot of learning curves but with an overwhelming accepting audience, we have had an overall smooth journey. It’s super rewarding knowing the impact we have to our artisans and their families. With that, one of the biggest hurdles we endured and definitely impacted our business was finding the right artisans who saw our vision and be able to deliver the highest quality. We want our audience to invest in not one-of-a-kind pieces but the craftsmanship of our artisans. With so much talent here in Guatemala, it was important to us to highlight that.

As you know, we’re big fans of Tipico Tico. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Tipico Tico is a conscious brand that specializes in hand-crafting unique accessories that highlights vintage textiles and genuine leather from Guatemala. It is a women and family-owned business that creates a positive impact on artisan lives through the uniqueness of our products.

As a brand, we are most proud of the impact we create in our artisans lives and the environment. We source second-hand textiles (such as huipiles and cortes, which are part of the traditional attire of Mayan women). Through this, we are able to provide these fabrics another live and create unique pieces. We also work with genuine leather from Guatemala. Through the support of our audience, we are able to provide a steady income our artisans and their families.

With sharing our process and experience, we also love sharing pieces of our culture and traditions on social media. It such a warm feeling seeing our audience react to the traditions that are kept alive.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
Tipico Tico was created in honor of “Tico,” a father and grandfather who had immense pride of his country and culture. We carry on the same pride, which as lead the success to our business.

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Natalia Acosta @photosbynati_

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