Suzi is the First Lady of Nails, single-handedly responsible for creating every OPI nail lacquer shade based on each season’s fashion and beauty forecast. With an extensive background in the New York garment industry and a degree from Hunter College, she combines fashion-forward thinking with business savvy. In addition to setting new trends, Weiss-Fischmann makes ongoing education for nail professionals a priority—throughout the year OPI educators share developments in salon hygiene and sanitation, new products, tools and techniques with nail techs.
From where does your entrepreneurial drive originate?
"I was hungry—I don’t know how else to put it. I don’t come from money and I always had the drive. I’m an immigrant from Hungary and I saw the opportunities here and realized what a fool I would have been to not go for it."
As you grew your company, what "ah-ha" moments of clarity helped you shape its future course?
"In 1989 when OPI got into nail color, we made it relevant to women. We rebranded the category–made it fun, sexy and inspirational. Before it was a color and number. We came up with collections, geographic locations and fun names. We wanted to be the Starbucks of nail polish. I travel all over, and you say "OPI" and people know what you’re talking
about. They look forward to the colors because they’re fashion forward and on trend.For example, Lincoln Park after Dark made vamp mainstream when it was released in 2005."
What’s the best thing an employee/colleague
ever said about you?
"That I have a lot of integrity, am honest and funny."
If you were to look at
a scrapbook of your professional career,
what would be your favorite page? Which page would you like to remove?
"The first 30 shades of nail color I created—OPI Red, Cajun Shrimp, Dutch Tulip to name a few would be my favorite. My least favorite page would be letting go of the company (OPI is currently owned by Coty)—but that’s ok.
It was a decision we all made.
I say thank you every day and
have been very lucky."
If you weren’t in the beauty industry what would you be doing?
"I love home décor—maybe designing fabrics."