The Mind Behind it All


Frances Theresa Hernandez was born on May 11, 1954. She is the youngest of four girls. Her father, a military doctor and mother, a housewife could only provide their children with their basic necessities. Theresa Fitzbutler, Frances’ mother taught her daughters how to make the most out of what they had. Unlike her sisters who focused on their culinary skills, Frances focused on her academics and talent in making clothes and accessories.

At the age of 24, she married Edwin Hernandez. With her husbands support, Frances’ curiosity in making things increased. She started joining seminars and training workshops. She learned how to make stuffed toys, candles, figurines, etc. As her own family grew, Frances realized that she wanted to make her hobby into something bigger. She wanted to share what she knew and hopefully earn from what she would create.

In 1990, an opportunity arose. Her husband was asked by a distant relative to start a manufacturing company that would cater to the needs of an American company. Though the company started out small and with several partners, Frances persevered.

Frances’ and her husbands perseverance led to a company that is now known for manufacturing the miniature shoes of The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. This business has grown that her children are currently in the business and her two grandchildren are hoping to run the business in the future.