Better BusinessMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Timeless meets trendy in Frédéric Fekkai's new salon in SoHo.
Andy Warhol once said that "being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art." Frédéric Fekkai obviously took his message to heart. Already the owner of namesake salons on Fifth Avenue in New York City, Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive and in tony Palm Beach, FL, the king of Uptown style recently headed Downtown to expand his beauty empire, setting up shop in New York City's fabled SoHo district.
The custom-made sofa and ottomans in the reception area are sleek and refined, but their satin-like fabric is extremely durable and stain-resistant.
A stickler for details, Fekkai wanted the space to exude warmth and feature a relaxed, residential ambiance that is modern and sleek. Not surprisingly, his new digs in SoHo do not disappoint. Situated on the second floor of a Victorian-era building, the airy interior boasts a roomy reception area dressed with oversized, satiny seating, four clusters of styling areas that afford maximum comfort, a private shampoo area that comes equipped with LCD screens projecting abstract imagery and six ergonomically designed, reclining shampoo chairs. There's also a bar that features Wi-Fi connection and iPod docking stations, as well as a secluded pedicure studio where divas can sink down in dark-brown banquettes with nickel accents as they dip their toes in freestanding white English butler sinks.
"For my SoHo salon, I was looking to create a different energy—a very relaxed vibe," says Fekkai, who collaborated with renowned architect S. Russell Groves to create a comfortable setting where clients can easily catch up on their work or simply sip wine and socialize. "Here, they can have it all: the chance to experience high-end services in the kind of upscale environment that we've become known for." —KELLEY DONAHUE
SALON A·K·S NAIL SPA BY DEBORAH LIPPMANN
There's hardly a hand in Hollywood that hasn't been buffed and polished by Deborah Lippmann. The manicurist, who's held in high regard in both the Hollywood and fashion worlds, is creative director of the nail spa tucked away inside New York City's Salon A·K·S on Fifth Avenue. Lippmann trained the estheticians on staff in her techniques, and she herself is in the salon monthly, offering manicures and pedicures at a whopping $250. She also created two signature treatments. The Studio treatment, great for the time-pressed, is a waterless, express service inspired by the work she does on photo shoots, while the Star Treatment is a more luxurious affair topped off with two perfect coats of Lippmann Collection nail lacquer. —C.W.