We had the good fortune of connecting with Yuri Tag, CK Simmons & Hikari Murakami and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yuri, CK and Hikari, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
We’ve all witnessed it. The flower that somehow grows and thrives between the tiniest of cracks. The Lily & Onyx brand represents the beauty that can result from even the harshest conditions – when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place. As luck would have it, the perfect opportunity presented itself in the form of a global pandemic. Setbacks pave the way for comebacks. The pandemic gave us the time and reason to focus on business opportunities together and with our collective expertise in interior design, social media marketing and ecommerce buying, we decided it was now or never – thus Lily & Onyx was born.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The three of us have navigated some of life’s greatest milestone moments together. From college to career to marriage to motherhood, we often joked of one day starting our own business together but had no idea what that could be. It took 13 years and a pandemic for this idea to be born. As difficult the past year has been with this pandemic, this business has given us something to be excited and proud about.
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?
Bowling @ Highland Park Bowl Hiking @ Griffith or Elysian Park Bake Cheese Tarts in Century City Walk around Silverlake shops Dinner & Live Jazz @ Vibrato Grill Jazz Eat @ Bestia, L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Faith & Flower Museums: Gettys Villa, Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Huntington Library Shopping @ Abbot Kinney, The ROW, Melrose Concert & Picnic @ Rose Bowl The Last Bookstore DTLA Dancing @ The Floor Improv Night (Los Globos)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to our husbands and friends for supporting our dream and helping out whether we needed a babysitter, meals during photoshoots, or an extra hand wherever help was needed. Also we all would’ve never met if Arnel Calvario never created our college dance team Kaba Modern, who is also our mentor.