Meet Sheryl, creator of Takko Lacquer! Get to know her and Takko a little better as we talk to her one-on-one.
Us: Is there a story behind your brand’s name?
Sheryl: The name comes from the word “tako,” which is Japanese for octopus.
What’s your “day job”?
I am a Fashion Designer and Graphic Designer.
How did you begin creating your own polishes?
It began as a hobby really, I use to love mixing gold holo glitter and pigments into my topcoats because I felt like I couldn’t find the exact color I wanted in stores. I always got compliments and had several friends request bottles from me, and it just kept growing from there.
What makes your line of lacquers unique?
Our collections have always been versatile with different finishes, but our shimmers have stood out since the beginning. Also being a designer, aesthetics have always been very important to me and I like to treat each color and bottle like a little piece of art. I love that our logo and bottles have a coquettish and quirky feel to them. It is a sweet floral bottle that you can show off on your vanity. There are brains behind the pretty little bottle also; our formula is quite unique. We infuse it with plant-derived vitamin E oil to promote healthy nails. Our formula is cruelty-free and vegan, and now we are fully certified through PETA. We also take pride in the fact that everything (nail bottles, bases, pigments, glitters, packaging) is made in the United States. We’ve been able to do this with a lot of research and help from our manufactures. Besides beauty and brains, there is also heart. We are now beginning to donate a portion of our proceeds to charity, changing the charity every two months. We just started in August and will continue with our September sales for the first donation; it will be announced soon on social media.
What’s the inspiration behind your lacquer colors?
Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. It can be a place or trend, a feeling or moment, sometimes a color itself is the inspiration!
What is your favorite polish you’ve ever?
That’s a tough one! It changes so much, but I tend to always go back to Curiouser & Curiouser, a dusty mint with green shimmer because it matches my birthstone aquamarine. I also love Absinthe, a chartreuse green with golden micro flakies, because it’s just an unusual color you don’t immediately think of as “pretty.” To me, it’s a very wabi sabi-like color.
What’s one tip you wished you knew when you started your own indie line?
To trust my gut feeling! I hold back some colors or finishes for such a long time because I feel like they’re just a weird “me” color. When they are finally released, they turn out to be a hit, to my surprise. Also, I wish I knew more web design and development at the time, it would have helped oodles!
Any spoilers you’d like to share about your future collections?
Yup! I love sneaky peeks. What many don’t know is that we actually used to make Takko Mani-bombs when we first launched. They were given out as gifts with purchases. Lately, I have been getting many emails from people wanting me to sell them again, so that is in the works. Also, I am super excited to be working on a collaboration with two amazing ladies I have met through this amazing nail polish world!
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