Pay it forward with luxury fragrance founder and charitable entrepreneur Kim Spadaro…
About Kim Spadaro
Entrepreneur, world traveler, mother of three. These are just some of the hats that Kim Spadaro wears. The founder and creative director of Spadaro, a new fragrance collection launching at select Nordstrom in Fall 2011 and currently in Rosie True, Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach and spadaro.co. Kim is creatively driven and self-made, a woman as inspirational as her signature scents.
Raised in a tight-knit home in Jacksonville, Florida, Kim’s mother was her greatest teacher, encouraging her children to be open canvases of self-expression. Her mother was an artist, carpenter, seamstress and jewelry maker who filled their home with eclectic décor; scented candles and music always wafted throughout. With her mother’s free-spirit as her guide, Kim often mixed her own lip colors by melting down lipstick bullets and personalized store-bought perfumes with patchouli and musk. She dried herbs and citrus fruits, and burned incense and candles to create aromas that matched her moods – all the groundwork of her lifelong love of aromatherapy.
Kim’s dreams of going to a university were curtailed after a tragic accident left her father paralyzed. Instead, Kim went to work at 16 while attending night school. She eventually worked as a paralegal and then in marketing at a bank. However, her love of decorating always loomed and she began taking painting classes in her spare time. Before she knew it, she was creating bespoke furniture for friends and local businesses and could hardly keep up with the demand.
As her business grew, so did her family, and, with the birth of her third child she decided she had had enough of the business side and wanted to exercise her creativity more. She began helping friends and clients create environments, transforming spaces using light, sound and scent. To further her knowledge of aromatherapy, she took several classes at the American College of Healthcare Sciences and within months was creating natural perfumes in her home lab which she would both wear and use to scent her clients’ homes and offices.
As Kim's career thrived Kim planned even more exotic trips to faraway destinations she had always dreamed of. Once home, she would recreate the memories of her travels with essential oils, bottling her experiences drop by drop into personal perfumes. Before long, she was stopped, accosted and begged by those wanting to know what fragrance she was wearing. It was then that Spadaro was born.
Spadaro is the culmination of years of Kim’s passion and experience, combining her loves of aromatherapy, design and travel into a lifestyle brand that celebrates the spirit of adventure and inspires journeys of self-discovery. A portion of proceeds will be allocated to "The Spadaro Foundation" for charitable donations at years end or upon greatest need.
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