Since I was a young boy, I knew I wanted to own my own business. Entrepreneurship ran in my blood as my father, grandfather and great grandfather had all successfully started and maintained their own businesses. My wife Gigi had the same mindset; however, she had a vastly different upbringing than myself.
I am a native to California, my family has lived in the state for three generations. Gigi was born in Vietnam. She and her entire family immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14 and helped support her family as a teenager. Gigi had always dreamed of working for herself one day and successfully run her own company.
In 1985, I met Gigi while she was working as a hostess at 385 North restaurant in Hollywood. She not only worked as a hostess, but also as an account representative for Bank of America while pursuing her accounting degree. At that time, I had my own importing company, International Floral Fashions. We imported preserved flowers from all over the world and distributed them to retail stores and florists around the United States.
After we were married, we decided that we wanted to create a business of our own. I sold International Floral Fashions in the early 1990’s, and together we started Farrisilk to import fine home décor items and artificial florals made of silk.
Over the years, Farrisilk shifted its focus primarily to holiday décor, importing Christmas decorations such as ribbons, textiles and ornaments. We supply specialty retailers around the nation and commercial installers that decorate public spaces like malls, offices, hotels and more. Our family-owned and operated company is committed to bringing holiday magic to Americans all over the nation. We hope that our Christmas items inspire people to create and feel cheer in the spaces they frequent during the holiday season.
At the beginning of each year, we debut our Christmas product line at our Dallas showroom to our customer base. This year, we unfortunately were unable to show our collection in-person to many of our customers due to COVID. Luckily, we were able to quickly pivot and build a robust website for our customers to purchase from. We created a virtual showroom tour as well to make it feel as if you were shopping in Dallas with us, from the comfort of your own home.
Thankfully, we also applied and were accepted for the Paycheck Protection Program, an SBA loan that helped keep our workforce employed during the COVID crisis. We were able to keep our employees working which allowed our business to continue to run smoothly without many hiccups. During these trying times, we continue to stay focused and positive which is infectious to all of those around us including our customers. We look forward to this Christmas season and are excited to continue to bring Christmas cheer to as many people as possible.