We had the good fortune of connecting with Jilyian Walcott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jilyian, what do you attribute your success to?
Working with a business partner how knows my strengths and I hers has been really important in the success of our brand. Having someone that holds me accountable on off days and realizes where I might be struggling and can help me get back on track has been invaluable to my success. In addition, having an amazing village of people around me in my personal life has been important as well. People I can bounce ideas off of and receive honest feedback has really allowed me to hone in on whats working and whats not working. They are my biggest cheerleaders and have always had an encouraging word for me when entrepreneurship has its ups and down. I am forever grateful to them.
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?
I am the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Kitty Kare Beauty, a natural intimate skincare line specializing in maintaining the bikini line, underarms and an over all glow. As a black woman I know the embarrassment of an uneven skin tone and ugly scars from ingrown hairs all too well that can really ruin a beach vacation. It was important for us to make sure that from inception to shelf we kept in mind our culture and the pain points we experience in this area. While an uneven skin tone in this area is normal it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing, we wanted to offer gentle but effective solutions for women who do want to address this issue. We officially launched in July of 2020 but this brand and our first product, our Puuurfect Post Wax Cooling Gel, has been in the works for over 3 years. One of the biggest hurdles of getting to market was finding a chemist who understood what we were trying to create and helping us create a stable and effective formula. Once we found our lab partner, like most small businesses we struggled with funding. We were fortunate to garner some funding through a business pitch competition but quickly realized this funding would only go so far. We had to be extremely strategic about our spending in the launch of our first product. We are currently hard at work in the lab formulating our second product and we can’t wait to share it with everyone!Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Its so sad to say that Im a little more than rusty in this area thanks to COVID but prior to the pandemic a week long itinerary would have included Happy Hour at Parliament on a Monday, TopGolf on a Tuesday, Happy Hour at Moxies on Wednesday, a little shopping at North Park on Thursday, lunch at Perry’s Steakhouse on Friday, maybe Punchbowl Social in Deep Ellum on Friday night for a little bowling and karaoke, A spa day at the Joule on Saturday because who isnt sore after bowling (lol) and dinner reservations at CBD Provisions for good vibes, drinks, and awesome food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my village. First and foremost, thank you God for you perfect plan for my life and revealing my purpose on this earth more and more everyday. My husband, best friend, and motivational speaker, Christian. You have been my rock for the past 6 years and I am so honored that God divinely decided we should do life together for the rest of our lives. To my amazing besties, Brittany, Lauren, and Mareena, you all have held me down in so many seasons of my life that I have lost track. To my business partner, Tricia, you are so solid sis and I am so grateful to have you in my corner. Last and certainly not least, my parents, Edyth and Larry, for allowing me to dream big dreams and supporting me every step of the way.
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