Francine Farkas Sears: Accolades
Francine Farkas Sears embodies joie de vie and hard work. She is a model CEO, a proud mother of 5 accomplished children, a philanthropist and a dear friend to many. Francine’s career has crossed many roads, Leading Wall St. Stock Broker, 1964-’69, Fashion Director and Vice President of Import Merchandising for Alexander’s Department Store in NYC. It is there that she mastered the value of volume, quality and style at an incredible price. As Francine’s career evolved, she applied love of product elegance and functionality to merchandising European style luggage redefining computer cases for major PC technology companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Ingram and Belkin. Francine’s core company Fabrique has now thrived for over 30 years and has been nominated by Inc Magazine and Women President Organization as one of the “Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses in America”. Recently, Francine has been focused on launching the Francine Collections, along with Women In Business.
Our Corporate & Business Case Collections took Francine back to her days at Alexander’s combining elegant detailing, fine hardware, color palettes, juxtaposing patterns, and accessories. In all of her initiatives, Francine applies the use of cutting-edge manufacturing techniques combined with modern materials to create an expression of enduring, sustainable style that equips the tech savvy user mobile ready in function and style.
• 1964-1969 Registered Representative Stockbroker, Shields and Company. National recognition by Newsweek and New York Times.
• 1970-1975 Vice President of Merchandising and Fashion Director, Alexander’s Department Store.
• 1972 Honored as the first American business woman invited to China after President Nixon re-established trade relations. This groundbreaking trip featured only 26 of the United States’ top luminaries and dignitaries.
• 1975-1978 President, IBMA (International Buying and Marketing Associates).Produced products worldwide for manufacturers of ready-to-wear luggage.
• 1978 Present President and Owner of Fabrique; International Design and Manufacturing company, known for computer luggage and related products. Exclusive Supplier to Compaq Computer Worldwide. Customers include Dell, HP, InFocus Lexmark, IBM, Logitech, LapGear, and Sharp Electronics. Retail design and manufacturing for Spiegel, Avon and QVC.
• 1980’s Committee member of Planned Parenthood, sold Bouquet Garni to raise money for women’s medical care.
• 1990’s Created Litigators Luggage – a specialty line of cases designed for lawyers.
• 1990’s Trustee of the Hopkins School Board of New Haven, CT for ten years.
• 1990’s Helped found the Yale Eye Center and was instrumental in raising money for the new eye center as well as organizing Sight and Sound which Andre Watts performed at – all donations from the Site and Sound event benefited the Yale Eye Center.
• 1997 Member of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Board for several years.
• 2005-Currently The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services recognized Fabrique as a Connecticut Minority Business – Woman owned.
• 2005 Francine Sears was in an article describing her love for cooking by Jonathan Reynolds in the New York Times- Kitchen Voyeur: Clam Shackhttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/magazine/20FOOD.html?pagewanted=print&position=
• 2005-Currently Member of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
• 2005 -2006 Joint participation with HP in the Simmons College Leadership Conference , a premier professional event for women.
• 2009 Guest speaker for the Branford Chamber of Commerce.
• 2009 WPO - Became a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and received the 50 fastest Growing Companies Owned by a Woman Award from the WPO.
• 2010 Inc. - Fabrique was named one of America’s fastest-growing 5000 companies by Inc. Magazine.
• 2010 Inc. - Became a member of the Inc. Business Owners Council which is a membership organization for top entrepreneurs and family business owners.
• 2010 Congress Woman Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut acknowledged Francine Sears in the US Congressional Record on September 29, 2010 for her accomplishments.
• 2010 Francine Sears won the Notable Women in Business award from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.