Meet the Founder: Grigore Madikians of Gaffer & Child
In TV and film, the gaffer is responsible for the execution and design of the lighting plan. In that spirit, Gaffer & Child combined modern alchemy and ancient plant wisdom to provide everyday people with positively radiant skin.
Founder Grigore Madikians and partner Vivian Zaret approached skincare from a different angle, because they studied the industry from the other side of the counter. Frustrated by ineffective, chemical-laden “solutions” for their irritated skin, this Topanga Canyon duo flipped the script. Gaffer & Child’s products are 100% vegan, certified organic, responsibly sourced, and universally praised by adoring fans.
Recently, we caught up with Grigore to learn more about his journey and hear his advice for fellow entrepreneurs.
01 Why did you start Gaffer & Child?
Gaffer & Child was founded out of necessity. Vivian and I both struggled with skin conditions that made us never want to leave the house. We were disappointed in the empty promises from dermatologists and tired of harsh over-the-counter products. We couldn’t find a single medication that allowed our natural light to shine.
Instead, Gaffer & Child ignites your light with superfood skincare for healthy, radiant, and glowing skin.
02 What obstacles did you face along the way?
Having a small business comes with daily challenges, from selling out too quickly, yet not having enough capital to make more. One of the most difficult would be when people closest to you say this is only a hobby…but you have to keep going! Be aware, address, and release any doubts you may have about achieving what you want and begin to do small things in a great way. We’ll always find a way over, under, or around those barriers. We are driven by a passion for you to see your light shine bright!
03 What lessons do you have for other entrepreneurs?
Follow your bliss. Do what makes you feel good. Do what feels right. We are all children of the stars and we are here to sing our song. Find your song, sing it from the mountain tops, and share it with the world!
This is your journey. Every time we visit Vivian’s father, Dr. Zaret makes sure to remind us: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
04 What’s on the horizon for Gaffer & Child?
We’ve recently updated all of our products to feature superfoods in their formulations. We have also invested three years of research and development to perfect our Stellar Skin Reset. Our Reset program is clinically proven to transform your skin in less than two weeks. Similar to a juice cleanse, the Skin Reset is a cleanse that gives your skin a break, while nourishing it back to health with the best ingredients in the world.
05 How do you keep work/life balance? What drives/inspires you?
We wake up grateful to be able to serve our customers and our community every day. Growing up in the consumer goods industry, our passion for health and wellness has led us to a beautiful community of innovative creators here in Los Angeles that have been an inspiration to work with.
We love what we do and we are grateful to be able to do it here in the heart of Topanga Canyon, where the mountains meet the sea. From our place to your beautiful face, we are driven to provide you with the most potent supernatural ingredients in the world.