We had the exciting opportunity to speak with Jocelyn Maminta, the founder of one of our favorite NUDEST hosiery brands, Frangi Pangi! Jocelyn has had a career in broadcasting for over 20-years, is an Emmy Award-nominated medical reporter, contributor to News 8’s “Connecticut Style,” and a philanthropist and co-founder of Caroline’s Room: a safe haven for families coping with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the birth of a premature baby. We couldn’t be more excited to share her entrepreneurial story with you, happy reading!
Q: Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?
I was born in the Philippines but I moved to the US when I believe I was 6 years old, maybe older. When I moved here, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri.
Q: What experiences or events inspired the idea for Frangi Pangi hosiery?
There wasn’t really one event or experience, but the idea was born out of my frustration that I couldn’t match my skin-tone. So I thought, hosiery—in a color for every one of my girlfriends. No one wants to wear hose, but it looks better. It makes your legs look great, covers up some imperfections… Assuming you can find the right color.
And so I wasn’t happy with the colors I had at the department store, and I was frustrated enough to say to myself “I just gotta do this….” Before I did, I spoke to a lot of women… Asked why they weren’t wearing hose, and found a lot of problems. They said that they were uncomfortable, didn’t match skin tone, sagged around ankles, didn’t fit well, and the number one thing was they ran easily. So I decided to address all the issues! That’s how I created Frangi Pangi.
Q: I’m sure you’re expecting this question, how did you come up with the name?
Frangi Pangi is a colorful flower, it seemed so fitting for the message I wanted to send.
Q: At what point in your career were you when you founded Frangi Pangi? Was it difficult?
Creating Frangi Pangi was my entrepreneurial side coming out, which was always a part of my personality. I love doing this, it rounds me out.
Q: What was the development process like? How did you choose the shades offered?
It was hysterical, I got all the Pantone swatches, and I would stop women. First I went to a Hispanic beauty salon, I would just stop and explain what I was trying to do, write it all down, put it in a spreadsheet. I found that there were so many colors in common. Hispanic women were all different shades, African women were all different shades, and there was a lot of overlap. So I chose 10 colors that best suited the general population, and then chose to add black.
The next process was to find a company to produce it. All the advice was “do it overseas,” but I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to sacrifice quality. But also, the number one reason to produce in the USA for me was because I was an immigrant, I wanted to give back to the country that gave me so much. Then I found a company in North Carolina, which is a state I worked in for a time.
Q: Were there any initial issues?
Well right off the bat, the color had to adhere to the product in the correct way, which wasn’t easy. Eventually we got it right with that North Carolina company.
Q: How long did the process take, from inception to manufacturing?
At least 6 years, maybe longer.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge of being a female entrepreneur?
Trying to find the time to do it! I still have my day job, but if you love it you make time for it.
Q: Biggest reward?
I had an aha moment, where I realized it was worth it—I was at a grocery store, standing and waiting to pay, when a woman behind me was trying to get my attention. She was looking and waving and asked, “where can I get more Frangi Pangis!”
She had attended a vendor event and wondered where she could get more and was jumping up and down, saying she loved the product. That’s when I realized—okay, I did the right thing here.
Q: Is there much crossover between your life in broadcasting and as a business owner/philanthropist?
Yes, you’re out in public in everything. You’re speaking to people, reaching out to the consumer, touching the lives of families, and as a journalist being in front of a camera, that was the easy part.
Q: Is there anything on the horizon for Frangi Pangi in the future?
I would eventually like to expand the line. The response has been overwhelmingly positive!
Q: Any advice for young entrepreneurs?
The most important thing is to surround yourself with smart people and find mentors. That’s how you come up with ideas or find ways to see your ideas turn into reality. Find a room of smart people and walk into it.
Q: And any advice for people dissatisfied with the nude industry?
Don’t be satisfied, go find it or create it. Satisfaction won’t get you anywhere.
Thank you so much for talking with us today, and sharing your story, Jocelyn!
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