Beauty File: Interview With Orly Founder Jeff Pink

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Meet the man behind the French manicure, founder of Orly and trailblazer in the nail industry, Jeff Pink!

What was your first job?
My first job was at a pizza shop handling home deliveries, believe it or not!

What was your first job in the industry?
My first industry job was as a sales clerk at a local beauty supply store.

Who would you like to work with?
Anyone who exhibits good common sense.

What inspires you?
I find creativity and innovation always inspiring.

What was your childhood ambition?
As a child I always wanted to get noticed and enjoyed the freedom of doing nothing.

What was your proudest accomplishment?
The invention of the iconic French manicure is my proudest accomplishment.

What is your favorite type of music and favorite song?
I love to dance, so any kind of dance music. My favorite song is “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues.

What is your favorite sport?
Personally I enjoy bike riding, but soccer is my overall favorite sport.  

What’s your favorite movie?
My recent favorite is Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett by Woody Allen, my favorite director.

Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would start off by waking up to sunshine and drinking my fresh fruit shake while reading a real newspaper. I would then drive to the office with no traffic and enjoy the ambience, the people of ORLY, and being welcomed by Shainale, my chief of staff and the smartest and most inspiring woman I know.

What is your most treasured possession?
My ability to objectively put myself in someone else’s shoes when evaluating a situation and people.  

What is your favorite type of food?
I love Asian and Italian cuisine.  

Describe the best set of nails you’ve ever seen.
The best ever is the original set of French Manicure nails that was used in the late 70s for printing the ORLY French Manicure unit box– now the famous and timeless advertisement with the strawberry.

[Image courtesy of Jeff Pink]

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