We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Tillis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Competition is a low vibration stimulus.” – Rick Rubin
I like this quote because its a reminder to me that no matter who else is creating a similar product, I can create my own and put it out in the world with out needing to ‘compete’ with the other companies. People will always say, ‘oh there’s a million candle companies out there how could you be successful when there’s so many?’ Rick’s quote reminds me that trying to compete against or be better than other companies will get me no where..in fact, it will do me a great disservice. I do my best to focus on what I’M creating and how I can better my product without the need to outsell or belittle other companies around me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our candle vessel is what makes our product a work of art.
To begin, our main objectives were to create a vessel that was unique and chic- unobstructed by a tacky label. What we didn’t know is that we would discover a distinctive texture while creating it. Through an exploratory process of pouring concrete into molds to make smooth candle vessels (‘earth butter’), we discovered a way to create an eroded appearance as well- this is how our ‘moon rock’ vessel variation was born.
Moon rock has become one of our biggest differentiators and a favorite vessel finishing among our customers. I want the world to know that you don’t have to have all of the details figured out when you’re starting your own business- sometimes (and quite often) the best parts are unplanned and can reveal themselves to you by accident!
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?
LA is a hot spot for a reason! If my best friend was visiting I would take her to:
– temescal canyon & point dume for coastline views
– runyon for city views and potential celebrity run ins
– fish and chips on the beach at Malibu seafood (after hiking point dume)
– nobu malibu for a fancier fare and unbeatable views
– locanda positano for amazing italian food in marina del rey
– elephante in santa monica has excellent drinks and is eye level with the palm trees and a great view of the beach
– Great white has great cocktails too and there is a lot to be seen dining in the heart of Venice
– if her trip fell on the first sunday of the month I would take her to the incredible rose bowl flea market
– the 3rd street promenade has great shopping too
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout our co-founder and my fiance, Lance.
Lance was the main driver behind the creation of nu los angeles. He recognized my passion for art and encouraged me to find an outlet to express it during the global pandemic. Together, we were able to create a product that is clean, vegan and non-toxic, which are characteristics we wanted to embody if we were going to launch a new product to the world. One of the most unexpected happenings of building this company was watching Lance become an artist in his own right- he is the creator of every single candle vessel and is intricately involved in the one-of-one vessel making process.
Together, we’ve both realized new talents and passions within each other and are able to share it with the world which I am forever grateful for. Because of this, I already consider our company to be a great success- thank you, Lance!