NotebookJuly 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Recently making its debut in salons and spas, Kanreki is a new anti-aging skincare line from C'Watre Oceanic Skin Care. Consisting of a deep-cleansing wash, remineralizing antioxidant tonic, smoothing cream and firming serum, the Japanese line uses ocean water as its base ingredient and also a patent-pending technology that allows for the accelerated transfer of minerals from the sea water into the skin. cwatre.com —C.W.
If you're a stylist who's stuck in a creative rut, maybe what you need is a new set of tools. We've found the perfect pair: the new patent-pending Root Control and Nalu Waver from R Session Tools, a company recently established by Frank Rizzieri and Kevin Ryan, two of the most innovative stylists working in editorial and fashion today. They decided to get together and create the very tools they felt were missing from their repertoire. Root Control (left) combines the benefits of a ceramic heating barrel with the functionality of a pressing comb to leave hair silky straight and smooth, while the Nalu Waver allows you to beget either defined curls or loose waves. Both tools are made of Brazilian Tourmaline and Micro Silver Ag, an antibiotic substance that prevents bacteria from spreading. rsessiontools.com —C.W.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Tom Julian, senior vice president and director of trends for ad agency McCann Erickson, explores summer sidewalk shopping in the West Village.
During the '90s, there was only one cool destination neighborhood for shoppers to descend upon every weekend in the summer: SoHo. With its loft buildings and historic storefronts, major brands and designer labels unveiled new ways to shop and be seen along West Broadway and Spring and Greene streets.
But now Bleecker Street in the West Village is the latest "must shop" corridor in the Big Apple for both locals and tourists. This quaint neighborhood street, with its tree-lined sidewalks and authentic townhomes, has been compared to the Left Bank of Paris. Designer Marc Jacobs first brought attention to Bleecker when he opened two shops on the street in 2000, and the neighborhood has been booming ever since.
The bounty of boutiques on Bleecker includes Ralph Lauren's separate men's, women's and Double RL stores, as well as the visually distinct Cynthia Rowley and James Perse shops. (Perse just opened a second store for men.) For women, specialty icons Intermix and Olive + Bette's offer modern fashion labels in a hip setting. Juicy Couture retails its entire collection in addition to men's and babies' collections. Be on the lookout for a new concept from Coach's lifestyle label, Legacy, coming soon.