Milken Community Schools offers a multitude of programs to prepare students for life after high school, providing them with useful skills for future success. However, senior Kian Zar (‘17) has already begun his pathway to success as an entrepreneur with the release of his designer jewelry company called KianZar. The company offers a variety of jewelry types, such as bracelets, anklets, and chokers. His website http://www.kianzar.com was launched on September 29, and since then, he has seen an abundance of new orders. The Roar sat down with Zar to discuss his recent success, and what is still to come for his up-and-coming business.
What inspired you to start your business? How did your love for bracelets begin?
I have always been fascinated with designs and jewelry. My inspiration comes from my mother who would design her own jewelry pieces. I would always visit her at work and watch her in action. It was the most inspiring thing to me to see all the beautiful things that she could create just from her own imagination. I quickly realized that I have a similar eye for design.
Who do you look up to? Who do you want to become in terms of success?
I look up to my parents. I see their relationship and I only wish that I can have their bond and closeness in my future relationships. In terms of success, I want to become as inspiring as the iconic designers, such as Giorgio Armani, Valentino, and Ferragamo.
How has business been so far and what plans do you have for expanding?
My business has been humbling to receive so much praise and demand. Nevertheless, my hope and goal is that I can always deliver quality and beautiful designs to my customers. My goal is not to expand to be the biggest, but my focus is to become the best. I will control the quality of my product, to keep the scale of my company manageable and to plan for a measurable growth.
If you could give other students one piece of advice about becoming and being an entrepreneur, what would it be?
My advice would be: do not take any success, failure, or challenge for granted. Nothing in business will be exactly as you imagine it to be. Always try to improve yourself, even if you think you are succeeding.