Faro supply co
far•o supply co founders Wendy Wong and Kerry Flemington met back in 1997 in the Faculty of Architecture while studying Interior Design at the University of Manitoba. They bonded over their love of clean design, simple aesthetics, and outdoor adventures. In the early years of their friendship, they went on many mountain bike and camping outings, worked at the same design firms, and even took a trip to New Zealand with Habit for Humanity.
Eventually, they met and married their amazing husbands a couple months apart from one another. They’ve shared the joys of new homes, motherhood, and adding dogs to their families. Along with those highs, their friendship has walked through the lows of sickness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and the loss of their dads together.
In 2004 Wendy and her husband founded Shine the Light Initiative which takes them to Javillar, Dominican Republic three times a year. Through the work of Shine the Light Initiative, Wendy began building relationships with the people who would eventually become the far•o supply co makers. When she first met them in 2014, a dream to partner with these incredible makers and to bring their products to Winnipeg began to form in the back of her mind.
Over a cup of tea in 2019, it became apparent to Wendy and Kerry that this could be more than a dream as they now had the time and energy to focus their attention on making this a reality! They could marry their love of design, leather goods and jewelry with helping out their fellow human beings. Once Wendy reached out to the makers in Javillar and they confirmed their interest in working together, far•o supply co was formed!
At far•o supply co, we design each piece based on our desire for quality leather goods and silver jewelry. Wendy and Kerry have travelled to the DR to work alongside each maker in their respective shops. Together they have sketched and worked through each design and chosen the materials to ensure they are viable and will stand the test of time.
far•o supply co’s business model involves keeping a small inventory of stock in Winnipeg to reduce overproduction and the resulting environmental impact. As well, orders are regularly taken for our products. Each product is then handmade specifically for our clients by our skilled makers. In both scenarios, the makers set the prices for the goods they produce.
Since Wendy and her family (and the rest of the world) aren’t regularly travelling to the Dominican for Shine the Light trips, instead of bringing far•o goods home in their suitcases, far•o uses bulk shipping from the DR to minimize the cost and global emissions.
All proceeds from the sales of far•o products go to support the Shine the Light Community & Job Training Centre in Javillar. One of the aims of the centre is to empower women with job training and skills development. Our hope is to one day work alongside these women as they become independent makers themselves. This process was moving along in early 2020 through 2 visits to the Dominican Republic, but has, like so much else, been stalled due to Covid.
far•o supply co has become a beautiful way of meeting Wendy and Kerry’s mandate of slow fashion that gives back. far•o supports local makers who are an integral part of Javillar, and helps empower the community with financial and job training through the Shine the Light Community & Job Training Centre in Javillar.
*Please note that our website is in progress and slated to be live by the end of September. We are happy to provide screen shots or temporary access to our website if desired, as we feel our website is beautiful.
THE BUCKET TOTE
THE WENDY PURSE
THE HOBO BAG
THE CHELO BAG
THE KNITTING BAG
THE FANNY PACK
THE SLIM WALLET
THE CARD WALLET
THE BRENT WALLET
THE TRI-FOLD WALLET
SILVER/BRONZE JEWELRY (we'd like to bring , but do understand this is a saturated category so we can focus just on leather if needed):
THE CIRCULO RING
THE CIRCULO PENDANT
THE CIRCULO EARRINGS
THE TRIANGULO EARRINGS