Visit to Egypt
Before my mom's passing, she had a wish to go back home to Egypt one more time to connect with her family. Unfortunately she didn't make it. In her honor, I took it upon myself to fulfill her wish and decided to go back home for a visit after 20 years of being in Canada.
Tea and conversation
While there, I stayed with my childhood friend and one day we were having some tea and the conversation started about importing Egyptian cotton to Canada. My friend had some connection with the best manufacturer in Egypt and decided to make a phone call and set up a meeting for us.
Road trip to the manufacture
Off to the manufacturer we went, about 2 hours drive away from the city. We were greeted by two classy, well-dressed ladies. They happen to be mother and daughter and have owned their family company since 1974.
Tour of the facility
They served us some treats and coffee and took us for a tour around the manufacturing facility. There were shelves stacked with fabrics of different colors and cottons. Their facility was immaculately clean. I was delighted and impressed to notice the beautiful working women, who were very well spoken, dressed in nice outfits, very humble and polite working in a great environment doing what they love to do.
The decision was made
Of course, we decided to do business together and once returning to Canada I sent them sketches and styles of sleepwear designs and Laila Fahmi Sleepwear began!
The highlights of my trip
I not only fulfilled my mom's last wish, I also gained a great business opportunity and spent time with my friend who unfortunately passed away 4 years ago.