We had the good fortune of connecting with Emre Sonmez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emre, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I will say foresight. The ability to visualize the future. For me, this is the number one habit that I can attribute to my success. I always visualize what I want and how I want it first. Although, this might seem like taking a longer route, it has has always been working for me. Another habit I have developed is staying positive even in the face of uncertainties. Having a positive mindset means I can always look at things with a positive view and work towards that positive end goal. You need to have the “Yes, I can attitude instead of “No, I can’t.” Be committed. Whatever the job you have, or you do, you need to be 100% committed to it. You need to sleep, breath or live every single day with your goals at the back of your mind. Commitment means you may need to sacrifice some things in your life at some point. These sacrifices are necessary for you to achieve your set goals. Lastly, stay away from toxic people. We have all these people in our lives, and when we stay around them long enough, their negativity tends to rub off on us. One great way of eliminating toxic people from our lives and find motivation to succeed is to find and work with like-minded people instead.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
SOFI is a wholesale fabric importer and distributor. We take out the hard work in sourcing for your choice fabric and make it easy to find the exact fabrics you need. We work directly with mills in Turkey, China, and Taiwan. We also offer printing service to our clients upon request. You can always find a wide variety of different textures and fabric blends with us. We try our best to provide the most competitive prices and great fabrics with excellent services to our clients. SOFI specializes in knits, woven and novelties. Having knowledgeable staff and impeccable service sets us apart from all our competitors. Whether you are creating your own clothing line, you are stocking your fabric store, or you are working with the designer, you can count on SOFI to get affordable wholesale fabrics. We are highly proud of our sourcing capability around the world, which has helped us in providing excellent quality fabrics to our clients. We have collaborated with various brands by helping them source for many awesome clothing and accessories. It took a lot of hours and dedication to get to where SOFI is today. I have always been focused and determined to make the company successful in this global economy. I know how challenging it can be to start anything from scratch, but with determination and focus, there is nothing that can not be achieved in this life. First, you need to BELIEVE. And then visualize the future. And do not ever get comfortable. If you follow these basic steps, I can assure you that you can get to wherever you want to get in life. There are a lot of challenges in running or starting your own company. But I think the main challenge is always the money. As they always say, “you need money to make money.” This statement is very valid; however, you shouldn’t allow yourself to be deterred. You can always overcome this challenge by thinking outside of the box. We are in an era where all the information you need is in front of you. You just need to find the right one to grab. You can use your social media to solicit for assistance from your friends or family members. Running your own business can be quite a daunting journey. However if you are passionate about what you are doing, you will figure out a way to overcome these challenges and obstacles you may face along the way. Running my own business have taught me how to trust myself, remain focused, be calm, be patient and be motivated. You also realize how important all relationships are. As your company grows, you begin to develop skills that you never knew you were capable of. SOFI (Source of Fabric International) has a great team to cater to all your fabric needs. We are here to assist you with your projects in terms of sourcing the fabric and printing your own design. And we always put our customers first! We are constantly sourcing for new items and materials to expand our product line to serve our clients better. We are determined and dedicated to what we do, and this is our passion and lifestyle. No company is a small company for us to work with. Visit us virtually or in person, everyone one is welcome.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the beach! I would take my friends to the beach in Malibu. My favorite spot would be the paradise cove where you can swim and dine at the same time. The food is great, and beach is small. When we get back into the city, I would take my friends to Catch LA restaurant which is in West Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All SOFI’s team would get this recognition and credit. SOFI would not be here without all the hard work and dedication of my team. As an entrepreneur, I do value all my colleagues and apprentices. We all work hard to cater to all our customer’s fabric needs by providing impeccable service to make sure customers are satisfied.