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As a kid in Seattle, Faris Du Graf was surrounded by good design—her mom and dad, who she lovingly calls “silly, artful weirdos,” were Knoll furniture specialists totally entrenched in the city’s aesthetically minded scene. But Faris—as her parents say, “Paris with an F”—didn’t really get how much that world spoke to her until she stepped away from it in college at University of Washington.
Soon enough, she discovered—and dove into—architecture, eventually moving to the Bay Area for a job. But architecture—a creative field, yes, but one that doesn’t allow you to truly create until you’re at the top—felt wrong. Faris’s obsession with accessories and her urge to make something propelled her to take design classes in London at Central Saint Martins and to sign up for a bunch of metalsmithing and jewelry-making courses on the side.
In 2013, she bailed on architecture, and her line Faris (yup, Paris with an F!) was born. Her building training wasn’t a waste, though—her designs are incredibly influenced by the structures around her, and many of Faris’s first customers were her savvy friends from that realm.
Shortly after she launched her label, Faris really went back to her roots, returning to Seattle and setting up a studio nestled in the basement of her folks’ showroom. Since then, the city’s near-constant drizzle has become a key part of the process. As Faris explains, “The rain creates an energy. You just hunker down and start making things. This is the perfect place for me—it’s my creative oasis.” —carly pifer
BEHIND THE SCENES
Get on this—your ears will thank you.
You’ll wanna plan a trip to the Emerald City.