For their new company, Edko Nail Systems, Emese KoppĂ nyi and FrĂ©dĂ©ric Edange drew on their long experience in the nail industry to design a line of professional nail products.
Nails have always been part of Emese KoppĂ nyi and FrĂ©dĂ©ric Edangeâs relationship. Both longtime nail competitors, the couple married in 2014, and in 2016 relocated to Los Angeles, where they opened and ran a salon together for two years. For their new company, Edko Nail Systems, they drew on their long experience in the nail industry to design a line of professional nail products. Although the new company meant they became too busy to run their salon, it was a useful experience: âNow we know what the customers in the U.S. like,â explains Edange.Â Â
The opportunity to start a nail company came from Edangeâs sister Yasmine, who was working with designer Max Azria. The four collaborated to launch the company. KoppĂ nyi and Edange had previously wanted to create a line of acrylic brushes, but they jumped at the opportunity to design a full line of products. âWe tried to create a single brand that provides everything you need when competing,â explains KoppĂ nyi. She and Edange used their expertise in French nails and extensions to design the brandâs acrylic system and brushes, while their colleague, Hungarian nail artist Erika Bakos, worked on the nail art brushes and gel paints. The goal, they say, was to provide different options to nail techs, whether itâs plenty of colors (their gel paints are available in 18) or nail forms designed to be sturdy and easy to use.
The two keep their competition skills fresh, too. KoppĂ nyi has been able to continue competing while working with Edko. Edange has competed less while focusing on building the business, but he hopes to return to competition as well. Still, theyâve been able to collaborate within the competition arena: With Bakos, they won a team relay race. âErika applied the tip, I applied the product, and Fred finished and filed,â says KoppĂ nyi.
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