Since 2010, Drybar has opened 37 salons, hired more than 2,000 employees and performed 100,000 blowouts a month.
“Right now, at 9:30 a.m., there are about 3,000 women giddy with excitement that today is their day,” said Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, to an audience of beauty executives. “They get to escape to a place that serves as a safe haven from the hustle and bustle, the drab and dreary and the mundane. They get to go to Drybar.”
Starting out with a mobile blow-dry business called Straight at Home, Webb realized that there was a hole in the marketplace. “There was either a high-end salon where women were paying over $80 or $90 for a blowout,” said Webb, “or the discount chain where you just don’t know what you’re going to get and the experience wasn’t great.” See Complete Coverage of the WWD Beauty CEO Summit Here >>
When Webb recognized her “aha” moment for a salon committed to blowouts, she approached her husband and brother, who she noted are both bald, to see her dream come to fruition.
“I think the biggest keys to our success are personality and passion, our attitude, our attention to detail and our spirit that permeates through every single thing we do,” she said.
Meanwhile, Webb noted that the future of her bustling business is delivering the best product and service, extending Drybar’s geographical footprint, broadening the company’s product assortment and focusing on pleasing the customer.
“Drybar touches an emotional cord and resonates with women everywhere,” said Webb. “We focus on one thing — just blowouts. No cuts, no color, just blowouts. And we’re not trying to be too many things to too many people.”
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)