Bridget Faricy loved it as soon as she saw it. She and her husband were in Paris for their 20th anniversary four years ago when they came across a small shop the sold Hi-Di-Hi Winky bagsâ€”a bag that has an eye on the outside and winks from time to time.
Immediately, she was sold.
â€œI bought one and wanted to get another but the company wasnâ€™t interested in selling in the U.S.,â€ Faricy said. â€œAfter pestering the owner for about 10 months, she finally allowed me to become the distributor and my company was born.â€
The rest is history. Faircy began distributing Hi-Di-Hi among other products, including Moshiki about 18 months ago, and she has added more brands along the way. Sheâ€™ll be bringing those brands to Holidazzle beginning Friday, November 27 and running Thursdays through Sundays, concluding Sunday, December 20. Holidazzle is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 pm â€“ 9 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am â€“ 9 pm.
At Holidazzle, those who stop by Moshiki will be able to browse and shop handknit mittens, hats, handwarmers and skirts as well as their popular Hot Cookies TM skirts that are a snap-wrap, side pockets (a hip version of a fanny pack), and The Original Santa Headbands that Faricy invented. They will also have Hi-Di-Hi bags and accessoriesâ€”including the Winky bag, vestiges souvenir towels and pillows designed by local artist Shalene Ziemann.
â€œIt is a great way to continue and build our brands and promote the local stores that carry our brands,â€ Faricy said about taking part in Holidazzle. â€œPeople really love our fun products, and it will be great to offer them to the public directly.â€
Faricy hopes people will learn about her Moshiki products and beyond, noting that they are fun, well-designed and moderately priced items that make great gifts and are created by small companies. They are available locally at a number of stores, but coming out to Holidazzle offers a chance to shop while enjoying the festive atmosphere of the season in Loring Park.
Faricy said her team is excited to take part in Holidazzle and are looking forward to having a great time with the community.
â€œHolidazzle has always been a fun way to enhance my holiday shopping,â€ Faricy said. â€œFeeling the spirit of the season rather than just going to the mall to buy stuff.
â€œItâ€™s a time of magicâ€”delighting friends and families with fun experiences and great times together. I love that I bring brands that make people so happy.â€