CHARLIE HEDIN founder and creative director of Tekla

On creating an environmentally-conscious, design-led and focused brand that delivers the best product possible.
Founded in 2017, Tekla has steadily gained attention for its strong visual identity and gestural quality. Tekla has set itself the goal of producing an environmentally conscious, design-led and focused brand that delivers the best product possible, as a result of this approach, Tekla is a sustainable brand through and through without compromise on quality and aesthetics.

In the last two years, Tekla has hit notable milestones, partnering with creatives such as artist André Saraiva, cabinet maker Axel Wannberg and renowned British architect John Pawson, expanding Tekla's product offering across bath, sleep and living. We sit down with the Founder Charlie Hedin to talk about how Tekla came about and what makes his brand one of a kind.

Where does the name Tekla come from?

I was sailing professionally when I was younger and I called all my boats Tekla, so that's where it came from.

What is Tekla?

Tekla Fabrics specializes in home textiles. Our product range consists of (but not limited to) duvet covers, pillow shams, flat sheets, blankets, and bathrobes.

What led you to establishing Tekla?

Going back to a few years back, there was hardly any affordable yet beautiful home textiles. Towels, bathrobes, bed linens, and blankets - that are environmentally conscious, design-led and focused on delivering the best product possible when it comes to quality. We intend to accentuate the natures of fabrics and their inherent qualities. We believe that textiles possess an essential role in our homes; they can alter the atmosphere and change the way we perceive our surroundings. Naturally, this initial thought led to the concept of Tekla and what it is today. Our values have to be visible and present through all produced and communicated material.
"Making beautiful design-led products without compromising on quality and sustainability"

What's the Tekla recipe?

Our products are woven from organic cotton and Oeko-Tex ®. With cotton fibre being very challenging when it comes to its sustainable production, we must select our suppliers naturally, very carefully. It took almost 1,5 years to find the quality that we were happy working with. Honestly, for us, it was about finding the right qualities that work in the modern world. Finding the quality, that it's suitable for the modern world also means, that it is something that is long-lasting and serves a sustainable purpose. Making beautiful design-led products without compromising on quality and sustainability.

Tekla doesn't scream sustainability, yet it is a big part of the design ethos, can you expand on that?

The desire to wear and buy new things has led to offshore manufacturing in often deplorable circumstances. With sustainability on rise, we have to be aware of how we produce things as well as how we treat them. Considering how much is happening within the textile industry, it is important to stay dedicated to speeding up the industry's positive transition. The world around us is changing and the current system, with producing 2 or more collections per year is not participating in this change.

In Tekla, we do not play by any season, if we want to launch a blanket on the website, we just do so. Our products are woven from organic cotton and Oeko-Tex ® certified to be free of harmful chemicals. They are made in total alignment with GOTS standard, and our supplier is GOTS certified, but due to our size we have not been able to make that investment ourselves yet. You do not find any plastic in our packaging, which is still very hard for some fashion brands and remains a big problem. With all we have achieved so far, I think there is a potential to raise the voice and talk about these things to keep finding better and more conscious ways of living and producing.

Lastly, can you tell us about your collaboration with John Pawson and future partners?

When it comes to interesting collaborations, we have teamed up with a British architect John Pawson, resulting in four jacquard blankets made in warm, neutral colours, that feel as considered as they look. At the moment, our biggest focus is on creating Tekla leisurewear: pyjamas, nightshirts. Let's see what the future holds for us, but we are being positive towards continuous collaboration with John Pawson, while at the same time staying open to new potential partnerships.
Words: Kevin Kafesu
Photography: Emliy Petersen

CHARLIE HEDIN founder and creative director of Tekla

On creating an environmentally-conscious, design-led and focused brand that delivers the best product possible.
Founded in 2017, Tekla has steadily gained attention for its strong visual identity and gestural quality. Tekla has set itself the goal of producing an environmentally conscious, design-led and focused brand that delivers the best product possible, as a result of this approach, Tekla is a sustainable brand through and through without compromise on quality and aesthetics.

In the last two years, Tekla has hit notable milestones, partnering with creatives such as artist André Saraiva, cabinet maker Axel Wannberg and renowned British architect John Pawson, expanding Tekla's product offering across bath, sleep and living. We sit down with the Founder Charlie Hedin to talk about how Tekla came about and what makes his brand one of a kind.

Where does the name Tekla come from?

I was sailing professionally when I was younger and I called all my boats Tekla, so that's where it came from.

What is Tekla?

Tekla Fabrics specializes in home textiles. Our product range consists of (but not limited to) duvet covers, pillow shams, flat sheets, blankets, and bathrobes.

What led you to establishing Tekla?

Going back to a few years back, there was hardly any affordable yet beautiful home textiles. Towels, bathrobes, bed linens, and blankets - that are environmentally conscious, design-led and focused on delivering the best product possible when it comes to quality. We intend to accentuate the natures of fabrics and their inherent qualities. We believe that textiles possess an essential role in our homes; they can alter the atmosphere and change the way we perceive our surroundings. Naturally, this initial thought led to the concept of Tekla and what it is today. Our values have to be visible and present through all produced and communicated material.
"Making beautiful design-led products without compromising on quality and sustainability"

What's the Tekla recipe?

Our products are woven from organic cotton and Oeko-Tex ®. With cotton fibre being very challenging when it comes to its sustainable production, we must select our suppliers naturally, very carefully. It took almost 1,5 years to find the quality that we were happy working with. Honestly, for us, it was about finding the right qualities that work in the modern world. Finding the quality, that it's suitable for the modern world also means, that it is something that is long-lasting and serves a sustainable purpose. Making beautiful design-led products without compromising on quality and sustainability.

Tekla doesn't scream sustainability, yet it is a big part of the design ethos, can you expand on that?

The desire to wear and buy new things has led to offshore manufacturing in often deplorable circumstances. With sustainability on rise, we have to be aware of how we produce things as well as how we treat them. Considering how much is happening within the textile industry, it is important to stay dedicated to speeding up the industry's positive transition. The world around us is changing and the current system, with producing 2 or more collections per year is not participating in this change.

In Tekla, we do not play by any season, if we want to launch a blanket on the website, we just do so. Our products are woven from organic cotton and Oeko-Tex ® certified to be free of harmful chemicals. They are made in total alignment with GOTS standard, and our supplier is GOTS certified, but due to our size we have not been able to make that investment ourselves yet. You do not find any plastic in our packaging, which is still very hard for some fashion brands and remains a big problem. With all we have achieved so far, I think there is a potential to raise the voice and talk about these things to keep finding better and more conscious ways of living and producing.

Lastly, can you tell us about your collaboration with John Pawson and future partners?

When it comes to interesting collaborations, we have teamed up with a British architect John Pawson, resulting in four jacquard blankets made in warm, neutral colours, that feel as considered as they look. At the moment, our biggest focus is on creating Tekla leisurewear: pyjamas, nightshirts. Let's see what the future holds for us, but we are being positive towards continuous collaboration with John Pawson, while at the same time staying open to new potential partnerships.
Words: Kevin Kafesu
Photography: Emliy Petersen