This is Titi. She makes our bias tape and bibs. Bias tape is the strips that go around the edge of the bibs, and we use it on our aprons and our tie on masks.
Titi came to the US in 1979 after first spending time in a refugee camp in Thailand. She came because she was scared for her life because her family was from Saigon, fairly well off and her father worked in government and also for Shell Oil Company. She grew up swimming in a pool everyday at a swim club. She speaks French, Vietnamese and English. She still swims everyday and always has since she was in Vietnam.
She first went to Orange County, California where she studied accounting.
Her husband Long came to Seattle in 1982 where he worked for Bias Stitching and Novelty from 1984 to 1995. Here, Long learned all about making bias tape which they sold to several Seattle based manufacturers: Thaw, Eddie Bauer, Columbia, CC: Filson and many others.
Long came from a town between Danang and Saigon that has a beautiful beach.
In 1993, Long traveled to Orange County and Met Titi They were soon married and Titi joined Long in Seattle. Titi and Long took over Bias Stitching and Novelty in 1995 and renamed it to Bias sewing. In 2000 they moved the business to its current location in Southpark, where they own the building.
Their 4 children: 3 boys and 1 girl, work in marketing, IT and optometry. None of the children want to work in their parents' business.
Titi and Long came to the USA with nothing. They worked long and hard hours 7 days a week. In the words of Long "the US gave us a chance.” No other place in the world has as many opportunities to prosper like the US does. This is the "American Dream".