Stri­wicessa Mar­ingka Suhali

Busy bee

Prestige Indonesia - - Sulwhasoo -

HOW ABOUT EN­JOY­ING a five-star spa ex­pe­ri­ence at home or even in your of­fice? This is a ser­vice Stri­wicessa Mar­ingka Suhali de­cided to pro­vide when she launched Spa­los­o­phy in 2014. Her mo­bile spa and beauty ser­vice caters to to­day’s fast-paced ur­ban life­style. As Stri­wicessa puts it, Spa­los­o­phy is “for the busy bees, mod­ern pro­fes­sion­als and ac­tive par­ents. With­out hav­ing to find a taxi or drive a car, cus­tomers can pam­per them­selves with a re­lax­ing mas­sage or dress up their nails in the latest de­sign trend, wher­ever and when­ever they want it.”

The 30-year-old en­tre­pre­neur is a grad­u­ate of Raf­fles De­sign Institute in Sin­ga­pore and The Fash­ion Institute of De­sign & Mer­chan­dis­ing in San Fran­cisco. Stri­wicessa came up with her busi­ness idea when she was Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of ( X)S.M.L, a fash­ion la­bel founded by Biyan and her mother. “I was so busy I was never able to find the time to go to a sa­lon or a spa,” she re­calls. “I thought, there must be many more like me!”

Spa­los­o­phy is not just a money-mak­ing ven­ture. Ex­plains Stri­wicessa: “Work­ing in the fash­ion busi­ness was chal­leng­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing. I owe a lot of who I am and how I think to those years. But in my heart, I knew that I wanted to use my en­ergy to build an or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on help­ing marginalised women.

“For me, suc­cess is when I can cre­ate a sus­tain­able im­pact. I mea­sure my suc­cess by how much change I make in the lives of in­di­vid­u­als. When I hear that, through their earn­ings from Spa­los­o­phy, some of our em­ploy­ees are putting their chil­dren through school or buy­ing a house, or are able to sup­port their par­ents, then I feel that we’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

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