Meet David and Sonja Abshire! They are busy bees – David delivers milk (yes, that profession actually still exists!) and Sonja is a medical administration student and waitress. About a year and a half ago they took the plunge to start their own indie brand, Parrot Polish. We talked to Dave about how their company began and even found out the unexpectedly philanthropic story behind the name.
Nail It!: How did you begin creating your own polishes?
David Abshire: Sonja buys so much polish, so I said “Why don’t you make it?”
We set up a business and after a month or so she didn’t like making it – just buying it! So I stepped in and loved the creative part! She moved on to making soaps and Manikeets (mani bombs). All have been selling well so we keep making more!
What makes your line of lacquers unique?
We love parrots and have for a while. Parrot Polish was built to help parrot rescues and other charities. We try to give some of the profits to charity or needy people as often as we can. Even the recycling funds from my Diet Coke habit go to charity (and I drink a lot of it).
Do any of your polishes have a totally different look layered over a colored base?
From neons over white to the toppers of White Gold and White Nile, you can achieve many different looks with the same polish topper.
What’s the inspiration behind your lacquer colors?
We are bird lovers and the brighter and more beautiful they are, the more smiles and happiness they bring! 🙂
What is your favorite polish you’ve ever created?
I’ve had a few I loved, but Arcobaleno from the Love Collection really was the gateway to my holo creations. That collection also really put Parrot Polish on the map. The whole set had 15 polishes named in 7 different languages to say thank you to the ladies that helped me so much in the beginning!
Other than your own, what’s your favorite brand of polish to use?
Sonja’s favorite is Color Club.
What’s one tip you wished you knew when you started your own indie line?
As a guy the learning curve was steep! I try to be different and help someone who asks me about media or websites and the cost of things. I feel like if you have what it takes to be creative and keep the customers excited about polish, then it’s good for all of us!!
Any spoilers you’d like to share about your future collections?
Hint: #oneworld 🙂
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