Thirteen years ago celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson did the unthinkable. He opened a 2,500-square-foot salon in Manhattan’s Flatiron district offering hairstyling to celebrities and New York socialites at premium prices. Now, Gibson—who has styled Debra Messing, Gabrielle Union and even, Bella Hadid—is closing the salon. But all isn’t lost for the hairstylist who partners with his husband, Jason Backe. Bigger and better changes are on the horizon.
According to WWD, the duo plan to open another salon in New York next year in an undetermined neighborhood. But, if you’re expecting another massive 5th Avenue location, you have another thing coming. “Our whole idea of an 18-20 chair salon is kind of like a dinosaur,” Backe said. “We want to be ahead of the curve. It’s really about a boutique kind of idea.”
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The couple shared a heartfelt thank you on Instagram (gosh, we’ll sorely miss the gorgeous salon), but they claim social media and the millennial work ethic are the primary reasons for their decision to shut the doors. They believe it’s no longer necessary for hairstylists to have a booth at a high-end salon when they can create a name for themselves and build a large clientele (in a short amount of time) on Instagram.
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“[Millennials] want to be able to create their own schedules,” Backe told WWD. “The way that they work is different. If we want to be attractive to that generation, then we need to be inspiring to them.”
Even with the closing of the salon, the couple still has their hands full. There’s the Ted Gibson Artistic Team (a group of hand picked artists from around the country who represent the Ted Gibson brand), the Ted Gibson Advanced Academy (classes for stylists who wish to take their careers to the next level) and a new product line they will continue to develop in the coming months.
But for now we’ll wait patiently for word on the new salon. Something tells us 2017 is going to be major.
We’ve reached out to Ted Gibson for comment and will update this post as soon as we hear back.
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