NotebookMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Expect a retail boom this fall. When BMW opened an auto showroom on Wall Street in 2005, many luxury labels took notice. Indeed, a specialty retail neighborhood is beginning to emerge along lower Broadway. Sephora, Hickey Freeman and John Allan's men's spa and salon, on Church Street, have all put up stakes Downtown. Tiffany announced 37 Wall Street would be home to its new 7,000-square-foot Downtown mecca, while Hermés is moving into nearby 15 Broad Street. Italian menswear label Canali will be opening at 25 Broad Street in a 2,600-square-foot space. But even with luxury retailers moving in, those with a penchant for deals can still find plenty of them at Century 21 Department Store, "New York's Best Kept Secret," with four floors of discounted apparel for women, men and kids, as well as accessories and home décor. Off-price retailers Syms and Daffy's are all within a few blocks, too.
Designer dwellings are hot. Trendy Downtown condos are making headlines. Revamped old buildings are coming back to life with high price tags, as art and fashion meet architecture and design. Giorgio Armani did the interior design for the building at 20 Pine The Collection; André Balazs unveiled his Downtown concept of hotel and residencies at the William Beaver House; and Downtown by Philippe Starck is being billed as "imaginative living" on Broad Street. Many of these buildings are being constructed with amenities like spas, libraries, state-of-the-art gyms, pools, gorgeous rooftop terraces, billiards rooms, and studios for yoga or meditation.
Anything but "Roux-tine"
Roux celebrates 75 beautiful years of innovation.
It's said that necessity is the mother of invention. That was certainly the case for George Kremer, Jr., the son of a New York salon owner, who, in 1932, became frustrated by the lack of reliable and affordable haircolor formulas available. Armed with his salon experience and knowledge, Kremer set out to create the perfect product.
The result was Roux, a company that cranked out a slew of innovations from the 1930s to the 1970s, including Fanci-Tone Tint, a full-coverage formula that remains a hit among colorists and clients today; Roux Lash & Brow that enables beauty pros to easily color both brows and lashes; Fanci-Full Rinse, the top-selling temporary haircolor; Speed Bleach, which quickly lightens while minimizing damage; and Clean Touch, the ideal tool for making haircolor stains disappear.
An acquisition by Revlon in 1978 prompted more advancements. In the 1980s, Roux received high-fives from the teen crowd for Fanci-Full Mousse, which made it a cinch to achieve "punk" looks sans commitment.