Holding considerable expertise in nail and fashion designing, Kita Griffin has found success as a nail designer with Kita’s Designs LLC since 2014. She is also a clothing designer for Wida LLC, where she works with leather and other genuine materials to craft relevant and modern garments. She has made a name for herself in the field of nail design for only using sculpting thorns, instead of stencils, molds or tips. Furthermore, she is mobile and will come to you instead of operating out of a single storefront. This allows her to provide unique and personal experiences for her clients. A licensed nail technician, she achieved a certificate in nails from the North Hills Beauty Academy in 2013.
Alongside her primary responsibilities, Ms. Griffin has contributed her skills to a number of other professional endeavors. One of her notable achievements was creating a 3D nail art perfume bottle with actual perfume inside, which was featured on the Oxygen network. She has also shown her original clothing designs at New York Fashion Week since 2017. In addition to her design work, she strives to uplift women entrepreneurs by proffering her expertise as a public speaker as well as through her involvement in the Women Empowerment Group and the Pittsburgh Board City Council, where she is a volunteer mentor.
Attributing her success to her perseverance, her skills in customer service, and the ways she engages with her clients, Ms. Griffin emphasizes the importance of being professional with your clients. She first came to designing nails as a hobby, during the 11 years she spent working in finance at a bank. After the bank went through a series of layoffs, Ms. Griffin decided to take her career into her own hands and returned to school to get her nail license and has excelled in the field ever since.
For excellence in her career, Ms. Griffin has been the recipient of a number of honors and accolades. In 2013, she was presented with the Bella Award as the Best Nail Artist of 2013, which she cites as among the high points of her career. She has also been featured in Nail Pro Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine. Additionally, she is particularly proud of the work she did with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she donated her time to create nail designs for children battling cancer. Above everything, however, Ms. Griffin considers the absolute highlight of her career to be designing nails for Abby Lee of “Dance Moms.”
Ms. Griffin has been perpetually motivated in her career by her grandmother and her son. Her grandmother is actually her foster parent, and so she feels it important to pay homage to her for all the years her grandmother took care of her, and her 18-year-old son wants to be a comedian. In her free time, Ms. Griffin still enjoys designing and crafting, and as she looks toward the future, she hopes to be able to grow her business to open salons in different states. She hopes to leave a legacy as a skilled professional with a reputation for great work and a fun personality. In addition, she would advise young and aspiring professionals to cultivate good customer service skills, know how to research to find new clientele, invest in yourself, and to not be afraid if you lose out sometimes, as you often have to lose things before you make progress.