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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 9, 2018
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Toni & Guy is one of the most successful brands to come out of the hairdressing industry. With more than 475 salons across 48 countries, CEO, OBE and co-founder Toni Mascolo and his brother Guy started TONI&GUY back in 1963 with a single salon in Clapham, London. The company expanded successfully through the ingenious creativity, quality and exciting marketing strategy.

‘Early Days’

Having arrived in England from their native Italy in the 1950’s, The Mascolo family settled in Clapham, South London, with eldest sons Toni and Guy both following their father’s footsteps into hairdressing.

A celebrated hairdresser himself, Francesco Mascolo had taught all of his sons to cut hair from an early age and despite Toni’s interest in academic studies and a desire to pursue a career in law, his move to London put an end to that dream and Toni began working as his father’s assistant in a busy London salon.

Toni soon realised how much he enjoyed working as a hairdresser and continued to work alongside his father building a large clientele at Viccari’s salon in Cox Street, Mayfair. When this salon was sold, Francesco secured a place at the award-winning Renato’s in Dover Street, where Guy his younger son joined him to fulfill his apprenticeship.

Following three days of unemployment (the only such period in his lifetime), a young Toni Mascolo grew a moustache to create a more ‘mature’ appearance and became the manager of South London salon, Gerard’s, at just 16. Always keen to better himself, it wasn’t long before Toni moved back to Victoria Street, near Westminster, enjoying a high profile clientele and working gruelling fourteen-hour-long days in an effort to save enough money to buy his mother a house of her own. Meanwhile, Guy moved back to South London where his talent saw him headhunted to join busy Clapham salon, Cecile Moss.

Italian hairdresser Toni Mascolo a co-founder of hairdressing chain ‘Toni and Guy’ with his honorary OBE (Officer of the British Empire) awarded in recognition of services to the British hairdressing industry, in London, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

12th December 1962 saw the tragic loss of their beloved mother and the realisation for Toni and Guy that they would now have to support their father and three younger brothers, the youngest of which, Anthony, was just five years old.

In 1963 Guy was offered the opportunity to take over the salon where he worked. Despite the huge risk involved, Toni elected to leave his well-paid job in a central London salon to join his brother in Clapham, though it would mean abandoning the large, loyal client base he had built.

In January 1963 the first TONI&GUY salon opened its doors and the brothers worked hard to build the business. With a large rent to pay, it was a struggle to survive. Having inherited some busy stylists from the original salon, including a young Pauline O’Donnell (later to be Mascolo, when she marries Toni in 1970), helped to boost the salon’s business, which quickly gained momentum. The brothers’ early promotional activity included leaflet drops in the local area advertising their ‘Italian style’.

A time of extreme change in youth culture, the 1960’s saw an explosion in fashion as attitudes were changing. TONI&GUY offered a unisex service in contrast to the traditional culture of salons and barbershops that were unable to cope with the new graphic shapes for women and men’s longer styles. By the end of 1964 the salon was fully booked and the brothers realised that they were destined for bigger things.

Fast forward to 2010, Toni & Guy where already a force to be reckoned with dominating the entire global sphere and most recommended amongst hairdressers and the industry as a whole.

TONI&GUY further cemented its fashion credentials as the partnership with the British Fashion Council continued to develop throughout the decade.  Toni Mascolo continued to expand the salon network, adding new territories to the ever-expanding global presence. The launch of a new salon group, essensuals London, also saw Toni establish his first franchise salons in North America – with doors opening in New Jersey and Plano, Texas. Toni received further awards thanks to his unique style of leadership, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Fellowship of British Hairdressing.

Toni Mascolo departed us last year. But, his impact and legacy has and will never fail to keep his name alive for centuries to come. His family commented, “It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of founder, leader, husband, and father, Giuseppe Toni Mascolo”. Toni was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Toni Mascolo was highly respected within the hairdressing community, he was known as approachable and someone who made time for everyone. It is no surprise that he built up a lengthy list of achievements, which transcended the industry to include business, entrepreneurship and charity. He along with his wife Pauline started the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation in 2003, which has raised more than £2,014,735 for a variety of causes and organisations. But it wasn’t all about hair, Toni was an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club, and launched or has been involved with, several independent projects such as coffee shops, property, and most recently his very own pasta sauce. Toni is survived by his wife Pauline, brothers Bruno and Anthony and his children Sacha, Christian and Pierre and his many grandchildren.

‘The Future of the Brand’
With an eye firmly on the future, TONI&GUY continues to take on exciting new challenges and collaborations. 2013 saw label.m receive the ultimate seal of fashion approval, as the range became the ‘Official Haircare product of London Fashion Week’ – a landmark move for the British fashion council and a first for the hairdressing industry. This plus numerous collaborations with key British design talent reinforces TONI&GUY’s position as the fashion-led hairdresser.


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 7, 2018
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Do you want a perfect gift for that special someone, or maybe you want to treat yourself to some jewellery? Look no further than a unique brand offering more than just your standard necklace, bracelets or ring. Introducing, Les Georgettes! A line of original French customised jewellery with reversible and interchangeables colours where every woman is allowed to design and customise her jewellery to compliment her personal, unique style.

So, if you want to  unleash your inner designer by choosing your jewellery size, design, and much more. Les Georgettes has got you covered!

By combining the savoir-faire of Maison Altesse, France’s leading jewellery manufacturer and Texier, a distinguished leather goods manufacturer in Brittany, Les Georgettes by Altesse brings together the nest in jewellery and leather craftsmanship.

This week, the company   announced a new and exciting partnership with the 4th annual National Film Awards where they will acquire naming rights to the Best TV Drama Series categories whose nominees are Broadchurch S3, Guerrilla, White Gold, Taboo, Howard’s End, Back, Halcyon, Snatch, and The Cuckoo’s Calling. All winners will be announced on the 28th of March at the prestigious National Film Awards in London!

For more information on Les Georgettes, go to: www.lesgeorgettes.com


Lisa FullerLisa FullerJanuary 26, 2018
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Close your eyes and fly to the Secret Gardens of Alexander. A utopia, a fantasy land that euphoria is the only feeling of existence! Introducing  Maria Aristidou, a specialist in couture knitwear, created a fantasy colourful world for spring-summer daywear-eveningwear for women that romance, positive energy and freedom are the safety keys to happiness. A playground of flower patterns with silk viscose and metallic yarns where elaborate embroideries decorate the luxurious knit fabrics creations for the women today.
A collection with carefree curves and sleek cuts with unexpected details, and accessories that complete the beauty of this womenswear secret garden story !!!

Klaudia BaloghKlaudia BaloghOctober 24, 2017
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Klaudia Balogh reviews the luxurious Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea

A hairdryer for most women is an inevitable item in their bathroom. Me? Not so much. Although my hair is long, it’s quite curly, so it doesn’t behave too well under the blow of a hairdryer. Or at least not when I operate it. It gets frizzy, unorganized, and overall a disaster.

Even hair stylists struggle sometimes. Not once had I gone home and washed my hair only after having it done by a professional.

So, when I set foot at Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty salon in Chelsea just off Kings Road, I was rather worried. “Is this experience going to be disappointing or a pleasant surprise?” I was wondering.

There have only been three stylists in my 27 years who’ve got it right. One of them has been managing my hair for nearly two decades.

Luckily to me — and to my hair — Limoz Logli, the creative director of the salon, is now one of them.

I asked for a beach wavy style, which turned out to be his signature blow dry — loose soft waves with a slight volume on top.

I loved it. Besides the blow dry, my nails were getting some attention as well. While Limoz was drying my hair, Kristina Sablauskaite, the in-house manicurist, was filing my nails, tidying up the cuticles and finishing up with a classy dark red Shellac.

The salon’s ambiance is what makes it glamorous. It’s not one of those places where stylists rush through the wash and the blow dry, so they can be onto the next client. Here, they take time and don’t settle for less than perfect.

It’s a lovely atmosphere, very intimate and friendly where clients know they receive an exclusive treatment.

Limoz began his hair styling career in big salons then moved on to taking private appointments and lots of weddings. Although, he still does weddings, he’s been more focused on the daily appointments since opening the salon in December 2014.

He told me most of his clients are locals and regulars, too — I can see why.

Although it was a Friday afternoon and I had no evening plans, it felt refreshing to be pampered and to find a salon where I can trust to return to.

And I did. So soon as hardly a week later I was back for another blow dry to look the part for an event I was attending.

Because Limoz was all booked up, I sat under the hands of a senior stylist, Tatjana, and she did an equally great job.

Whether it’s the hair products they use or their expertise and experience, it’s reassuring to know there’s a salon in London where I can walk in with an idea of how I want my hair to look like and walk out with exactly that.

Blow dry with Limoz, £45

Signature manicure, £25

Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea. For more info visit their website by clicking here


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongOctober 19, 2017
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Last night on Wednesday 18th of October, Bluebird hosted a private event with Taylor Morris, the star studded event saw the likes of  Hugo TaylorRob Knighton and Lucy Chappell. The launch celebrated the Taylor Morris collaboration with Morgan Motor in the autumn courtyard at Bluebird.

Hugo Taylor and Rob Knighton at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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Joined by international model and actor Rob Knighton and actress Lucy Chappell, Hugo’s array of glamorous friends tried on sunnies whilst sipping on Royal Salute, Nyetimber and Aspalls cider and snacked on crisp fried forest mushroom mac & cheese and pumpkin & mozzarella arancini created by chef Simon Gregory.

Lucy Chappell and Hugo Taylor at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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The VIP guests were seen enjoying the courtyard which was transformed into a tangled wilderness with autumn trees intertwined with sparkling lights, hanging apples, haystacks and baskets of seasonal shrubs. The Chelsea based sunglasses brand, Taylor Morris Eyewear, have given their shack on the Bluebird courtyard an autumnal make-over. The luxury eyewear brand launched the ‘Taylor Morris Shack’, their first standalone retail space, on the terrace at Bluebird last Summer. After a successful season, the brand has transformed the Summer shack into an Autumnal store, in-keeping with the ‘Wild Table’ theme at Bluebird.

As well as celebrating the Autumn courtyard, Taylor Morris announced the second volume of their debut collaboration with British car manufacturer Morgan Motor, and even brought in a Morgan three-wheeler parked in the courtyard to illustrate the designs.  which was launched at the Bluebird last night.


Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 25, 2017
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1- Gianvito Rossi Elysium Heeled Sandals 105

This is our first choice for this week. Here is the Elysium high-heeled sandals from Gianvito Rossi. They will improve your fashion style for your cocktail and party dresses. Don’t miss them!

Buy here: www.harrods.com

£ 1.205 

2- Stefano Ricci Crocodile Skin and Cashmere Cap

This is for you man, the one who wants to be stylish and stay simple. Expertly crafted in Italy with super-soft cashmere, this cap features a crocodile skin visor alongside polished logo detailing. Buy it now : www.harrods.com

£ 1.265

3- Burberry Alligator Buckle Bag

What is better to go outside than a cute Burberry bag? Perfect to bring everywhere all the essential things a woman need, its design will not let you indifferent.

£5.500

Buy here : https://uk.burberry.com

4- Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Round Sunglasses

These classic sunglasses are just wonderful for your summer day. With this Dolce & Gabanna designer touch, you will look absolutely fabulous.

£1.695

Buy here : http://store.dolcegabbana.com

5- La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

Our last accessory but not least, the soft cream from La Mer. How can you get outside without putting a new kind of cream on you? With its technology ingredients, it will bring you beautiful benefits, as you have never expected before.

£ 2.060 for 16.5 oz.

Buy here: http://www.cremedelamer.com

 


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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 A-COLD-WALL*  |  Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY  |  COTTWEILER  |  Halpern

Kiko Kostadinov  |  Liam Hodges  |  Marta Jakubowski  |  Molly Goddard  |  Nicholas Daley  

Paula Knorr  |  Phoebe English MAN  |  Richard Malone  |  Sadie Williams  | Wales Bonner

One to Watch – Richard Quinn

 

The British Fashion Council (BFC) today celebrated the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent, from early education through to helping designers establish their brands on a global scale.

NEWGEN is a BFC initiative that supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future. The scheme offers designers financial support and showcasing opportunities. The BFC, with support from the NEWGEN committee, will deliver individual mentoring and business training to assist the designers as they develop their business infrastructure and skills. NEWGEN designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference.

A-COLD-WALL*, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOYHalpern, Nicholas Daley and Richard Malone will receive NEWGEN support for the first time this year, in addition to existing NEWGEN designers COTTWEILER, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English MAN, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Sadie Williams and Wales Bonner who all continue to receive support. ‘One to Watch’ support has been awarded to Richard Quinn, who will be given exhibition space in the LFW Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios this September. Designers Alex Mullins, Ashley Williams, Craig Green and Faustine Steinmetz now graduate from the initiative.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Chief Critic, VogueRunway.com and Chair of the NEWGEN committee commented: “To be able to select NEWGEN for both womenswear and menswear side by side this year has given the scheme a panoramic overview of London’s strength as a centre-point of young innovation. We have all been energised to see a surge of diverse talents from so many backgrounds whose focussed individuality inspires us. It’s a privilege to be able to join with so many mentors from the UK industry who volunteer to join together to put these designers on the proven fast-track to recognition and business success

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council commented: “The new format of our NEWGEN initiative allows the BFC to be flexible in the support it offers emerging designers, and recognises the changing nature of fashion business and showcasing models. We want to empower these designers to build and strengthen their brands in close alignment with their creative vision. I am delighted as ever to welcome this year’s new designers to the initiative.”

A-COLD-WALL*, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, COTTWEILER, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Nicholas Daley, Phoebe English MAN and Wales Bonner will show at London Fashion Week Men’s in June. Halpern, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Richard Malone and Sadie Williams will show at London Fashion Week in September. Each of the NEWGEN designers will be allocated a dedicated pop-up showroom space within the Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios, taking residence after their show or presentation to host press and buyers appointments.

Since its inception in 1993, NEWGEN sponsorship has acted as a promotional launch pad for young designers including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, Erdem, J.W.Anderson, James Long, Lee Roach, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Simone Rocha.

The NEWGEN committee comprises Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent (Chair); April Glassborow, Consultant; Barbara Grispini, Designer Brand Development Consultant, BFC & Curator, LONDON show ROOMS; Ben Banks, Founder, Fourmarketing; Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, BFC; Cassie Smart, Women’s Shoe and Buying Manager, Mathesfashion.com; Catherine Hayward, Fashion Director, Esquire; Charlie Porter, Journalist; Charlotte Whitehead, Senior Sales & Showcasing Manager, BFC; Katie Rawle, Senior Business Support Coordinator, BFC; Laura Burlington, Consultant; Laura Larbalestier, Womenswear Buying Director, Browns; Lulu Kennedy MBE, Founder and Director, Fashion East; Melanie Rickey, Consultant; Robert Johnston, Fashion Director, GQ; Stavros Karelis, Founder and Buying Director, Machine-A; Susanne Tide-Frater, Brand and Strategy Director, Farfetch and Terry Betts, Head of Business Development, Thread.

This year for the first time The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski acted as a fundraiser for the BFC Education Foundation, with £400k of the £700k raised being used to support schemes including NEWGEN, BFC Designer Business Support and the BFC Colleges Council.

 



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