We had the good fortune of connecting with Malili Dib and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malili, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always been someone who enjoys freedom and who likes living life on my own terms. I understood at a very early age that the only way I was going to achieve that kind of a lifestyle was by creating my own business. I want to love what I do, so I strive to always work towards something that I believe in and which will make me, and in turn, my customers happy!
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.
I started making the Spirally™ pattern when I was abut 10 years old, and it became a trade mark of mine. I would use it on everything that it could fit it into.Drawing spiral after spiral set my imagination on an endless journey, which as a kid, was an incredible feeling. Sadly, after I finished school and started “real life” I completely abandoned my spirals… after all, it wasn’t a very “adult thing to do”. And then 2020 happened. The year when our lives were turned upside down, and feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and fear became an everyday occurrence. One day, these feelings got so intense that the only thing I could do to calm them down was… you guessed it; by drawing some spirals. My nerves were instantly calmed and on I went on a new imaginary journey. This time, that journey would bring me to create the Spirally™ characters and start my own brand of clothing with it! A new idea with an old pattern was born. I want to spread happiness and joy through my drawings. The world is so full of negative news and images that I love being able to bring smiles to peoples faces through my art. When it comes to the entrepreneurial side of things, that’s when things become complicated. Having an “artsy” mind means you will need extra discipline to make sure you can create a successful business. I have and am still learning a lot about what works for me, but one thing always remains the same: if you’re passionate about it and you work hard at it, things will materialize sooner rather than later!
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?
There’s so much to see in this incredible city, but if I only had 3 days I would do this: 1.- Start the day by having some legendary HUGE pancakes at the griddle cafe, then drive down to hollywood blvd to check out the Stars, the Kodak and Chinese theaters and The Hollywood mall. It’s so touristy but a must see for first time visitors. I would then head to the Griffith Park observatory to take in the beautiful views and watch the sunset and lastly, have dinner in one of the cute places located in Los Feliz area.
2-For a fancy day, I’d Go have brunch at the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, visit the Greystone mansion and Rodeo Drive. And then drive towards Malibu to visit the incredible Getty Villa. I would finish off by having dinner at my favorite greek spot Taverna Tony.
3-Finally I would spend sometime in Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey. Have some food at the promenade, go to the pier, rent a bike and ride it along the beach, and maybe finish off by having one of the legendary in-n-out burgers! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom Rosaura is hands down the most important figure in my life. Always encouraging me to pursue my dreams and work hard for what I want. She is also my best critic, and I know I can trust her opinion 100% because good or bad, she will always tell me the unbiased truth. Aside from that, I love listening to the “How I Built This” podcast where they interview the people behind some of the most successful businesses and inventions today. I always learn something new and get lots of inspiration from it… If they could do it, then so can I!
Instagram: @Spirally_ (for my art) @malilidib (personal)
Sean Kara (2 headshots)