HECHO EN FORMOSA

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made in taiwan

      //beauty

SERVICES.

tailoring &
alterations

When you've got a clothing item that "almost fits", we will ensure that proper alterations leave you looking & feeling your best!

fine art &
hand-bound books
project
consultation
community
events

Acrylic paintings, drawings, hand-bound books, and other specialty items are the perfect gift to yourself and/or loved ones!

Do you have an idea in mind but aren't sure how to make it? Make an appointment to discuss your sewing, painting, bookmaking, and other project ideas!

Join us for a number of free  activities in order to strengthen our relationships through shared experiences!

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ABOUT.

Hecho en Formosa (made in taiwan//beauty) was founded in 2013 by adoptive siblings Chad and Lauren Mascari. Legend has it that when Portuguese explorers came upon the island of Taiwan, they called it 'Ilha Formosa', meaning 'beautiful island'. All projects produced and curated by Hecho en Formosa are borne out of beauty, be it idea or aesthetic.

We provide personalized tailoring services and alterations, as well as project consultation. Due to our commitment to social justice, Hecho en Formosa strives to contribute toward sustainability by repurposing unique fabriques and clothing that is no longer a-la-mode , which is not yet an industry standard.

Our Production Chief, Lauren Mascari, (pronouns: she/they) first learned how to sew a pillow at about 10-years-old. Thanks to Grandma Rita who worked at Zita's Bridal Shop in Milwaukee, Dr. Mascari gained wisdom about apparel design and construction. Recently, Lauren realized that her birth family owned Jui Shan Dry Cleaning Co., Ltg. in Hofei County in Taiwan, so her alteration skills are literally in her blood!

Lauren values both ecological justice and functional utility, drawing inspiration from natural elements and cultural vibrance. When they are not creating, they enjoy running, biking, capoeira, spending time outside and with loved ones, eating donuts, and dreaming about slam dunks.

Chad Mascari, (he) our Chief of Operations, is not a talented artist by any means, except through the written word. He loves to write and tell stories. When he found out his sister was attempting to begin a company he wanted to support her and tell her story. Mr. Mascari directs marketing development and the business aspect of the company in order to foster on-going partnerships and attract guests.

 

Chad graduated from Creighton University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History of International Relations. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters Degree in Computer Science and Cyber Security. Mr. Mascari also serves in the Army National guard.

When Chad is not working and studying, he enjoys cooking homemade noodles, adventuring, and exploring underwater as a certified scuba diver.

PORTFOLIO.

 
self-care club blank handbound journals stack
self-care club journals
handbound books
altered cuff of gray wool blazer
detail of cuff on gray wool blazer
LOL OMG custom evening gown fashion
mustard jogging suit for moana
embroidered milwaukee moussa tag
tag hef
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red fanny pack yellow zipper replacement
zipper replacement on shorts
formosan tigre de milwaukee
acrylic formosan flag 1850s on flour sac cloth
autumn jacquard cape, ruby ribbon
autumn jacquard cape model
mini-backpack
acrylic fruitscape painting
acrylic sirenas detail
acrylic dragon slumber painting
acrylic night sights painting
hand-pulled paper stacks
black velvet and ruby sateen/tulle dress with ribbon
magenta cheongsam collar detail
sky blue fairy godmother cape
Ghanaian queens
acrylic two moons painting
watch_v=JW-96qqFM3M )and turned a t-shirt into a t-dress -  Be sure to stop
#handboundbook no.6_  yes it's made out of a clean #donutbox ! _) featuring 80 unlined pages; 9_ x 1
zippered bag for smaller things
Little summer tote!  #hechoenformosa #localcouture #mke #milwaukee #floraldetails www.hechoenformosa
Repurposed #linen skirt, now a summer dress for a little person _) #hechoenformosa #localcouture #mk
Black #canvas 'euro-tote' featuring exterior and interior pockets; fits about two reams of paper _)
handbound books
catalogue cards handbound book 2008
#papercuts #hechoenformosa #local #mke
man with cigar
tumor  face
sage
winter buddies
boss
diplomat
garcon
privilege
azzn
of the land
weathered man
womxn of color circles
My uncles #handbeaded #genie #costume en totale  #hechoenformosa #localcouture #milwaukee #mke
Hand-beaded #genie #costume wrist cuffs #hechoenformosa #localcouture #milwaukee #mke
ursgown 2012
Repurposed tshirt from #popkiller 's 13th anniversary  as #patches on the #denim #jeanjacket #hechoe
Found an old image of the one-and-only #acrylic #painting that I donated for the Roberto Hernández C
ebony painting 2011
#cutie #mião #meow #quilt complete!!! #hechoenformosa
oil marker umbrella 2007
landscape charcoal reduction drawing 2007
hijab graphite sketch 2005
graphite sketch 2004
rich 2005
nina gen pel sketch 2011
I made some #cardboard _#chairs_ to hold business cards and #stickers #hechoenformosa #milwaukee #mk
Grown & sexy folks! I'd be mad if I didn't own this already lol #hechoenformosa #localcouture #milwa
17 yds of #windowtreatment en la #cocina #hechoenformosa
Come out to Alice's Garden on N
Upcycled tshirts from #mazatlan used to make this super cutie #toddler #summer #dress _) and yes the
beauty #localcouture #handknit #knithat #hat #mi
Despite the official season it's still frigid out therrre ☁ email hecho.en.formosaa_gmail
Keep your brains cozy & order your own locally produced one-of-a-kind knitted hat ! email us_ hecho.
Apparently winter is never ending so cop this one-and-only fade hat!__#wintergear #knithat #knithat
#fleece #mittens for the kids! #hechoenformosa #milwaukee #mke
Added the yellow skirt to make a former #tunic into a 'twirly' #dress for a #preschooler #hechoenfor
When you need the dress that you can't find anywhere #hechoenformosa #oneandonly #slay #wedding #bri
The perfect little #seatcushions for a #teaparty in the #garden #hechoenformosa #milwaukee #mke
A #cutie little #toddler #skirt #hechoenformosa #localcouture #mke #milwaukee
Upcycled #tshirtdress for a toddler after volunteering during #pridefest #hechoenformosa #localcoutu
lace crocheted 2012
The cutiest #summer #floral #mini #tote - perfect for the beach! #hechenformosa #milwaukee #mke
#gourd #fixed #acrylic #capoeira #nagô #berimbau #toco #Milwaukee #Batizado #gifts #mestre #contrame
#Details of blue and white #seersucker #summer top #hechoenformosa #localcouture #mke #milwaukee
#handwarmer #hechoenformosa #coldweather
cranberry #courdoroy #skirt #hechoenformosa #local #couture #milwaukee and yes, the #details matter
#summer jungle print + upcycled maternity pants = #snapback #originals from scratch! #hechoenformosa
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CONTACT.

email to schedule an appointment:

hef.mke@gmail.com

or text/call:

(414) 207-4530

We look forward to connecting with you soon!