As part of D CEO magazine’s recent refresh, we introduced a new feature called Locally Sourced, to highlight products made by North Texas manufacturers.
The three companies below perfectly fit the brief. Funny enough, they all have something in common: Dallas wasn’t where their inspiration began. The business owners brought their culture here from India, Vietnam, and Iran.
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The Perfect Food
Theresa Motter’s Dallas-based company, Van’s Kitchen, makes millions of egg rolls each year.
Theresa Motter was just a toddler when she immigrated with her family to the United States from Vietnam in the 1960s. Her parents wanted to bring a taste of their home country to America and eventually landed on the idea of artisan egg rolls, launching Van’s Kitchen in 1986. Motter grew up in the business and has always considered the egg roll as the perfect food. “You can’t help but love the nutritious grains on the outside harmonizing with the juicy meat within,” Motter says. She took over as CEO when her parents retired in 2014 and is a driving force in getting her company’s products on shelves at thousands of supermarkets. Clients include big names like Walmart and Kroger. —Sooha Ahn
Celebrities can’t get enough of Dallas-based Loloi.
Not many rug brands can claim much name recognition, but Dallas-based Loloi is an exception. That’s due in part to its Instagram account, @LoloiRugs, which has attracted more than a quarter-million followers with clean and cozy interiors inspo (#theLoloilook). Perhaps its biggest boost: licensed collaborations with the likes of Justina Blakeney, Rifle Paper Co., Ellen DeGeneres, and Joanna Gaines. The company was founded in 2004 by Amir Loloi, who emigrated from Iran as a teenager and spent a couple of dozen years studying the industry with a local rug wholesaler. He has gone from three employees to managing a staff of more than 200 with the help of his sons, Cyrus and Steven. Loloi’s rugs, pillows, throws, and wall art can be found in finer showrooms across the nation. “Product is first and foremost the thing that our organization is focused on,” Cyrus says, emphasizing that it’s a product they “obsesses over.” —S. Holland Murphy
A Girl’s Best Friend
Pratiksha Jewelry cuts out the middle man by marketing its gems directly to women.
Tisha Vaidya launched Pratiksha Jewelry after leaving a job on Wall Street in 2015. Using her salary from the real estate investment company in New York City, Vaidya began upgrading her wardrobe, shoes, and handbags. When it came to jewelry, though, she noticed that her choices were either ultra-pricey or costume. “We’re challenging the notion that your only option is Tiffany’s or Cartier, or that you’ve got to know a guy,” Vaidya says. Pratiksha specializes in rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets crafted in solid 14- to 18-karat gold with ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones. Perhaps most notable is the company’s online marketing campaign: #ToMeFromMeLoveMe, challenging the old-school mindset that women have to be gifted jewelry. “We’re here to champion and empower women to make those purchasing decisions,” she says. —Brandon J. Call