David Miro Llopis and I are the founders of ManiMe. We created this company to make accessible, healthy and easy-to-change manicures — all words that rarely describe traditional manicures.
Our solution is the first-ever custom-fit stick on gels developed with proprietary 3D technology.
They can be self-applied or removed in moments, making time-consuming and damaging treatments a ritual of the past.
I started the search for accessible manicure solutions while attending Stanford Business School. I’m originally from Korea where we have a deep appreciation for beauty services and treatments. However, I was tired of immobilizing my hands for two hours in a salon saturated in chemicals.
I was intimidated by the shared tools and the drills used to remove gel manicures. I dreamed that changing my nail style could be as simple as changing my shoes. And while I explored the limited selection of “stick-on” nails, they weren’t a seamless fit for my nail size and I didn’t want to sacrifice quality.
I mentioned this challenge to my classmate David and he embraced the opportunity to find a solution. David is well-versed in online marketplaces, and as a bonus, he is a painter and passionate about self-expression. He was particularly excited about building a community around nail art and promoting this form of self-expression.
At Stanford we became “Manicure Girl” and “Manicure Boy”, always wearing our ManiMe prototypes and hosting manicure parties.
This is the reason we chose the ManiMe name. It merges “mani” and “many,” a reference to the nail design varieties we unlock. While “Me” reflects our personalization capabilities and means beauty in asian characters (美 미).
Welcome to the future of manis!
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