We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddie Cabrera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eddie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
From an early age, I have many fond memories of the relationships and strong bonds made with family and friends. From family, whose bonds are deeply rooted in faith, to lifelong friendships forged… I have always been able to see life through the unique perspective of the loving women, sisters, nieces, and amazing friends surrounding me.
As a young man, those strong bonds that had become second nature to me, allowed me to thrive in the retail fashion industry where I got to make personal connections with my customers every day. Making people laugh and smile, feel special, and helping them to look and feel their absolute best created a sense of satisfaction within me.
While I was conquering the retail fashion industry, my mother began a small home-based soap making and beauty products business to supplement income for the family. Selling throughout south Texas, she took great care to ensure top quality ingredients were used and continued to perfect her recipes for years to come.
In early 2017, on a beautiful Spring day in Houston, the idea struck me… I should take my love for the women in my life and honor them by continuing my Mothers work. On a leap of faith i began working with my Mother to develop my version of the business using her time-tested recipes. I focused early on with branding and creating a look and feel for the business I wanted to create. I leaned into my love for travel and the special places that I have visited and have come to know and love. The first places that came to mind were England and France… and voila French and English was born.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
From the beginning, I focused on producing clean products that are cruelty free, phthalate free, and paraben free with minimal ingredients that will provide the best possible product experience. Many other companies focus on using the least expensive ingredients that may or may not be clean and free of unnecessary additives.
What gives me motivation is making products that make women happy and make her feel beautiful. By providing the best products available I am able to honor the women in my life and around the world.
The French and English brand focuses on providing top quality products with the best ingredients available with scents that invoke images of beautiful gardens.
I am continuously evolving my brand by adding new products, improving formulas on products and improving the customer experience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Memorial Park for a nice early morning run Hermann Park for a walk through the Japanese Garden and catch a show at Miller Outdoor Theater
Houston Museum of Fine Arts – any new exhibits?
Hobby Center for Performing Arts – love musicals and plays
Bike ride down Buffalo Bayou
Shopping at The Galleria
Drive around town to show off some architectural highlights
Lunch at The Burger Joint in the Heights
Dinner and Margaritas at El Tiempo on Westheimer
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mother, Elizabeth Cabrera, has been an inspiration to me my whole life. Her work ethic and determination is inspiring, and she is simply not afraid to take on any challenge. Because of how she is, I became who I am… by learning by example and pushing myself to take a chance and make my dreams of owning my own business a reality.