Ray Abad on Frisco Love & Family
“On the day of the kids’ Derby jacket release, we had the torrential storm; Hurricane Frisco hit on that day. Being that I’m a full-time working dad, I’d usually end up buying online but in this case, I didn’t want to take a chance. So I said, ‘I'm goingto beast it out’ and it was quite the experience;” These words warmly said by Ray Abad -our November contributor to the community spotlight series- spark shared laughter and set the ground for a conversation rooted in Frisco love and family.
“I’ve also started helping my fiance with her business Soul Kandy; she does candles, handmade aromatherapy goods and sells out of The Higher Consciousness. She’s actually also a medical hospice caretaker and started a program out of her job to gift patients with her crafted goods to help them with their overall transition.”
Ray moves forward to detail the beautiful quality of her products which he’s gotten to help with on the business end due to his career experience and graphic design skills, he’s currently strengthening in school.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Derby since I was a kid. I got my first Derby in elementary school and I received it as a hand me down from one of my cousin’s friends who was six or seven years older than me. It was navy blue, the classic ones you put out now, and I was in love with the jacket mostly for the gold paisley lining, I felt like it was a hidden treasure inside of the jacket.”
When Derby closed up shop, Ray found himself searching through thrift stores in hopes of replacing the childhood jacket he’d grown out of but with no luck. When Derby of San Francisco opened up in 2012, Ray’s prayers were answered and he proudly reports himself as one of the first customers, whose love for Derby is shared with his family.