We had the good fortune of connecting with Faye Francisco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Faye, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson I learned is to accept that things won’t ever be perfect and that no matter how much time you spend planning anything can happen. It’s best to just start and learn as you go.
What should our readers know about your business?
Lumikha by Faye was formerly Revive, where it was just Upcycling Workshops to educate people on how to have a sustainable closet, but it’s now grown to a store. It wasn’t easy getting here. The journey here consisted of a lot of joy and hard work, but there were times when imposter syndrome would fall in. As a one-woman shop, I’ve learned to overcome that. At the end of the day, the most important person that needs to believe in this journey is me. If I don’t believe in myself, I can’t expect others too. So I remind myself that every day, that I believe in me and I got this! The number one lesson I’ve learned from this journey is to one just be authentic and to ask for help when you need help. We’re still in the beginning stages of the store, but I’m excited to see where it goes and the platform I’m building. I’m really working to make sustainable fashion more accessible. There’s a stereotype that only a certain group of people can afford it and that simply isn’t true. I’m hoping with the platform I’m building more and more people start to realize that you don’t need a ton of money to be sustainable.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have this thing for skyline views! So I definitely would take them to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for a walk and a nice view of the Dallas Skyline around sunset. Then once the sun sets we would go out to eat at Trinity Grooves. Right after Trinity Grooves, we would head over to Salsera in Deep Ellum to go dancing. For brunch, we would head over to HG Supply co and get seated at the rooftop so we can get a view along with some good food and drinks! After brunch, we would drive around town to do a fun photoshoot with all the pretty murals around Dallas. Deep Ellum and the Design District have some really nice murals. Other exciting places to check out would be the new ATT Discovery District in downtown, there was a Friends pop up going on there for some while.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shortly after I started my sustainable fashion journey, I joined a young professional group called Global Shapers. It’s a community of young people looking to create a positive impact in their city. Upon joining, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into, but I am so grateful for this community. It not only allowed me a space to create a positive impact in Dallas but allowed me to pursue my passion for sustainable fashion. The curator at the time, Adri De Urquidi Bastida, introduced me to the Shaping Fashion and within a year I was part of the committee. Outside of this community, my family, especially my mom, has been there with me every step of the way. They remind me that I have what it takes to pursue my dreams.