We had the good fortune of connecting with kimber maderazzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi kimber, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have created brands and products for top celebrities and companies. I finally decided to do something for me and create a brand that resonated with my values, beliefs and personality.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Makeup was my start and has always been my love. I had created so many brands in my career for other people, it was time to create one for myself. So, I broke away from the corporate world and started my brand. It was not as easy as I thought or as it was creating one for a big celebrity. I wanted something that would bring joy to people when they received it. When thinking of a name for the brand I thought of the things that bring me joy, Champagne, roses, shoes, handbags all were not a good band names. The most joyful thing in my life that I cherish is my French Bulldog, MILLI ROSE. The joy of bringing MILLI ROSE to everyone made me smile! It was the perfect brand name. Each collection in MILLI ROSE is filled with roses, we have butterfly and bee motifs; butterflies are for transformation and bees are for community and power. There has been many struggles, I had many people who wanted to invest in my company. The biggest challenge I had is that I wanted to be 100% owner. Most people don’t give money with no equity. So, I decided to bootstrap the company. When it’s your money you think differently, now I know how Entrepreneurs feel. I used to run a $200 Million dollar a year budget. Now I run a budget in the $100K ranges, my dollar has to work harder and smarter. I have had to find ways to do things that don’t cost money!
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?
I have so many favorite places, LA is my home and I love to have people visit. I would first take them on my favorite walk on the beach, the beach is so peaceful and a great place to be grateful and appreciative for what one has accomplished and what is ahead. I would then take them to the Ivy Beverly Hills for lunch, eat outside and enjoy the décor of so many roses, the roses are all grown by the owner on their estate. I love roses and this place was an inspiration for me when I developed MILLI ROSE. I would not miss my final favorite spot, the observatory. I love looking at the stars and the universe. It is a great way to end the day with gratitude!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am fortunate to have a strong community of women who I love, so I named all the lipsticks after the women close to me in my life who I admire and adore. The brand itself is different than most make up brands on the market. Each collection is matched as a set and formulated with easy to apply pigments, you don’t have to be a makeup artist to use it. It’s crazy how many women I meet that say they do not know how to do their makeup. That is why I created something easy to use. MILLI ROSE is every woman! Every product is curated into a collection and feels like you are giving yourself a gift. I am fortunate to have a supportive network. When I was thinking of brand ideas I would meet with mentors, friends, and other business leaders. I was struggling with what I wanted to create. There was so much pressure to create something that was different and not on the market. The best advice I got from a close friend was “make something you love, make it for you.” He said you are going to spend 1,000’s of hours on this and give your heart and soul to it. You are going to have to love it. That was the best advise because everyday when I look at my brand it makes me smile.