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.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast