Homegrown clothes firm helps New Mexicans ‘present their delight’

ByLouise McGinnis

Oct 12, 2022
From left, Eric Griego and Kelly Griego, homeowners of FS2 Provide Co. (Courtesy of FS2 Provide Co.)

Graphic designer Eric Griego had seen his family-owned and operated New Mexico clothes firm, FS2 Provide Co., develop over the previous 5 years from a market stand to a brick-and-mortar on the Santa Fe Railyards.

One of the best half? Impressing his three youngsters.

“For those who can impress your youngsters, I believe that’s a fairly good accomplishment,” Griego stated.

Relatively than making their youngsters get summer time jobs, Griego and his spouse Kelly initially determined to open their very own firm to show them accountability. Their youngsters fold shirts and work the warmth press throughout college breaks.

Griego graduated from New Mexico State with a level in graphic design. He labored on the college earlier than beginning his personal design firm, Firestik Studios, in 2005. He and his spouse, an elementary college instructor, noticed a necessity for handsome New Mexico merch – and Griego realized he had the experience to make his personal.

“We have been sick of seeing these actually badly designed shirts at massive field shops,” Griego stated. “I assumed, ‘Effectively, I’ve all the abilities and the means.’”

The Griegos began with a handful of blouse designs which they offered at a weekend pageant in Pojoaque – the identical weekend because the couple’s seventeenth marriage ceremony anniversary. Though Griego was already a enterprise proprietor, there was undoubtedly a studying curve for retail.

“The retail issues have been, fairly actually, flying by the seat of our pants,” Griego stated.

Two of Eric and Kelly Griegos’ youngsters mannequin FS2 shirts. (Courtesy of FS2 Provide Co.)

They began with six shirt designs. Now, they’ve dozens of various merchandise – Griego stated he has a tough time discontinuing any designs as a result of he loves all of them.

“If we may give New Mexicans a strategy to present their delight … we’re all for carrying it,” Griego stated.

Griego attributes the success of the enterprise to his household, together with his sister Clarissa Lovato, who owns a advertising and marketing firm and helped with the enterprise.

“There have been loads of occasions the place it might be simple to surrender, however once you’re doing one thing that you just love, it pulls you thru these robust spots,” Griego stated. “On the finish of the day, your loved ones … comes via for you in the entire tight spots.”

And Griego nonetheless loves what he does.

“It’s not only a design, it’s not only a shirt or a hat, it’s a car to point out their delight,” Griego stated.

There shall be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and a grand opening from 5:30 p.m. to eight:00 p.m. onThursday at 500 Market St Ste. 108, Santa Fe.