We had the good fortune of connecting with Mabel Cortez Mari Elena Fagre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mabel Cortez, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance is so important to implement as an entrepreneur; many think that being your own boss is a glamour’s idea but it’s not. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into being your own boss. If you can start a business with a partner that you can share the responsibilities with then having a work life balance will be more manageable than being a sole proprietor. Mabel Cortez and Mari Elena Fagre owners of The Fabric Studio both have children and life can get real hectic at times, however they make it happen by being each other’s support system. As an entrepreneur it is a must to take a step back from the everyday grind and do something you enjoy other than building your business, by doing so you will come back refreshed and implement new ideas that might have not been there before.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mabel Cortez and Mari Elena Fagre opened The Fabric Studio on April 2017, due to the huge need for fabric sourcing in Arizona. They have helped various clients simplify the process, by providing consulting services with a large scale of vendors. Along with this, they have an extensive samples of various fabrics, including jersey knits, organic cotton, silk, prints and much more. Both Mabel Cortez and Mari Elena Fagre have been designers for 10 years. They understand the needs of the designer as well as the fashion industry expectations. They are passionate about exceeding their clients’ requests. The Fabric Studio has expanded to assist designers throughout the U.S by providing their virtual services. In addition, their goal is to branch out to the technical industry that consist of industrial establishments that need sourcing for new inventions. When Covid-19 presented itself Mabel and Mari knew they had to use there fabric resources to create a mask that can consist of the components necessary in the fabrics. They were able to design and produce durable Antimicrobial Mask and make them available for sale, they have sold out multiple times. Our masks are made in the USA, as well as all Fabrics used on our mask. Fabrics have Antimicrobial silver ions to inhibit bacterial growth, control bad odors and create long lasting freshness without toxic chemicals. Our Mask has 5 total layers for protection and are very breathable. Outermost Layer: 100% wicking polyester. Filter: a 3D antimicrobial fabric. Face: 70% bamboo viscose, 30% organic cotton, Back: 100% wicking polyester Inner Layer: 95% Organic Cotton, 5% Lycra. Proven to be safe against the skin. 100% eco-friendly. Our Mask is Washable and available on our website: www.thefabricstudious.com, we also have logo embroidery options for a minimum order.
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?
Some of our favorite places are: Lunch at: Postinos in Tempe Treat at: Miss Dessert in Mesa they have unique teas and pastries Run off to get your eyebrows done at Melt by Melissa Get the best organic facial at Cecilia Holistic Spa she makes all of her own products! Sedona is a beautiful place to visit as well!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to give a shout out to Jeanne Hankerson owner/designer of SJ Couture Bridal, she has been a true mentor and helped us with organizing the accounting aspect of the business as well as gave us creative ideas of how to structure our business. In addition, our family who has supported us from day one, especially Mabel’s husband Alex Cortez and father Pedro Perez who helped them move in and did all the heavy lifting whenever it was needed. We really appreciate all the encouragement and mentorship we have received in our journey.
Main Picture of Mabel Cortez an Mari Elena Fagre credit goes to Jean Laninga