SHAPING DFW: ABI FERRIN
DESIGNER AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
FASHION WITH FREEDOM AND PURPOSE
In her 20’s, Abi Ferrin found herself a victim of domestic violence. Terrifying at the time, it is now what drives this 37-year old’s passion as a social entrepreneur; one who gives back as her business grows.
Raised in Wyoming—far from a typical fashion mecca—Ferrin loved fashion and sewing. Later, she dabbled in political journalism, but yearning to return to her true love of sewing and designing, she made the decision to move to Los Angeles, armed with $500, a sewing machine and a dream. With little money for shopping, she sewed her own creations, which people noticed…and wanted. A business woman was born.
Moving to Dallas in 2005, it took only a year for Ferrin to get noticed by winning the Texas’ Next Top Designer competition. The prize was what she needed more than anything; rent-free workspace for a year.
Ferrin’s goal, fashion with freedom and purpose, is a reality. She produces her designs here in Dallas, to ensure her products are not being made by slave laborers. She has trained women in Nepal to make garment labels so they have marketable skills and so that through her, they too are employed. A portion of every sale helps women in Southeast Asia who’ve been victimized even more cruelly than Ferrin has been.
Ferrin recently made the bold decision to open her flagship boutique in Dallas’ West Village. Though she says many designers have long held the belief that in order to make it big means leaving Dallas, she is proof otherwise is true.
At Cadillac, we celebrate those whose passion and vision have reshaped our city, our lives and our culture.