Two entrepreneurs from completely different backgrounds came together to create a sustainable manufacturer
Christian Martinez Nuñez is a 29 year old Mexican who migrated at an early age to the United States where he encountered many hardships. The difficulties of getting a job without a social security number paved his way to Los Angeles in hopes of starting his own company. There, he met Ladi Saka who is originally from Nigeria and moved to the United States to follow his dreams.
These two young minds came together and created a manufacturer that creates not only good quality t-shirts but is also environmentally friendly.
The start-up clothing company, Tekton, works with the philosophy of printing on demand. Growing up in the 90’s Christian Martinez’s father was a silk screen labor operator in south central LA. It was never pleasing to see him come home full of paint on his hands smelling like acetone. Decorating on apparel is a labor intensive process that requires patience and attention to detail. But I would argue in the 21st century, it requires a third degree. Sustainable lean manufacturing practices. This philosophy has led them to help the environment.
“Print on Demand is a responsibility that requires a team. Printing in general is a team effort. However, digital printing allows us to create a lean manufacturing environment. Creating the least carbon footprint is one of the biggest benefits of print on demand. Most of the t-shirts we all wear daily, have probably traveled the world more than most of us. It is time to disrupt this outdated model and create and manufacture with Tekton,” said Mr. Saka.
Tekton is considered more than a T-shirt company. The company is currently developing and testing new mobile technologies that will address one of the biggest problems, fast fashion and apparel decorating create the most waste.
“Creating the least carbon footprint is one of the biggest benefits of print on demand. Most of the t-shirts we all wear daily, have probably traveled the world more than most of us. It is time to disrupt this outdated model and create and manufacture with Tekton,” said Christian Martinez.
The co-owners also explain what makes them different from other manufactures “What makes us unique is that we are constantly learning and applying new ways to grow our business and help the environment, in the process, and we are not afraid to pivot or step outside our field if we can prove it,” added Mr. Martinez.