A little bit about Francis
"When I was a child, I wanted to be a vet. Then I'd realized that I would not be able to cope with the sadness of loosing a patient!
My mother bought me my first piece of fabric to make a dress when I was 15 years-old. She was the first person that has given me incentive to pursue sewing and make my own clothes.
I didn't follow the fashion career straight away as I went to university and study IT.
Purely by accident, when I finished my studies, I got into fashion when I was 20 years old, beading beautiful haute couture made-to-order dresses.
From there, my passion in making my own clothes and accessories grew without boundaries!
I remember passing by and admiring Thierry Mugler shop and thinking that all I wanted was to be able to construct clothes like the ones he designs.
So I went back to school to learn pattern making and draping.
After working in the fashion industry for a while, I'd realized that mass production was not my thing and that led me towards the entertainment industry.
More than twenty years later and many theater productions in my "bag" including Lion King, Phantom of The Opera, Billy Elliot, Priscilla, The Queen Of The Desert, among others, and after working with companies such as Cirque Du Soleil in China, Anthony Phillips Costumes and Bell Shakespeare in my hometown Sydney, Australia, I'd decided to use some of my skills to open my Etsy shop and do something that would bring even more joy to my life.
My Pretty Babi is dedicated to my Blossom. She helped me through a tough period of my life and I'd nicknamed her My Pretty Babi (reference of Barbie, yes the doll).
While living in China, I met Mary and as a vegan she showed me compassion and kindness without knowing me when I lost one of my cats, Tabatha. Becoming Mary's friend started me up on my path to Veganism. I'd started thinking and connecting what was in my plate to my heart. After watching a documentary on the fur industry narrated by the lead singer of my favorite band, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, I was so shocked and all I want to do was open the eyes of people around me the same way that documentary opened mine to the cruelty that we, as humans, inflict upon animals. And that was when I woke up on my birthday and became Vegan.
I draw my inspiration from everything I see around me!
I love taking pictures of everything that I see and I try to always have my camera with me.
In the past years, improving my photography skills has been one of my main goals and I'm much better at it now than I was a couple of years ago but I still have a long way to go.
I also draw a lot of my inspiration from my costume history books and my Japanese craft books.
And flowers and animals are my main theme for creating my pieces.
In 2017, I taught myself embroidery and now I incorporate it onto my jewelry and custom animal companion's portraits.
I love making unique items and I have a million of ideas floating in my head!
I would like to play the piano one day, I love music specially live concerts!
I also would love to work for Tim Burton! Yes, that is one of my big dreams! I love his work!
I also would like to learn animation!
I love traveling and have been fortunate enough to have travel to many different countries in the world, experienced their culture and languages and even more fortunate to have lived in Brazil, Australia, where I call home, China and USA.
I love to learn new things and when I don't, I get bored so I'm always looking into learning and improving what I already know and love to do.
I love what I create and I hope that the people who buys it, will love it too and it makes my day when a customer tells me how much they are in love with their new piece of jewelry or how amazing their custom embroidery animal companion's portrait is.
I have committed my brand and products to be 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free because that reflects who I am and my lifestyle.
Everything is recycled as much as possible from fabric to packaging.
This site is for my love of animals and all I hope is that one day, we will all live in a world where animal cruelty and animal suffering will end.
Contact me here, even if it is just for a brief chat!
Enjoy my website and make sure to visit my store!
And thank you for stopping by!
Enjoy the ride!"