Hairstylist and salon owner Ted Gibson has signed a deal with W Fort Lauderdale & Residences in Florida to lease space there for a new Ted Gibson salon slated to open in November. It will join Bliss spa as one of the hotel’s beauty retreats.
The salon measures about 2,000 square feet with 12 stations and will offer L’Oréal Professionnel hair color, including Inoa, as well as Gibson’s hair care range.
The new location will bring his salon count to two (there’s also Ted Gibson Salon in Manhattan). His Washington, D.C., salon was closed earlier this year — it is now the Hela Spa Salon — after almost two years in operation.
Hair colorist Jason Backe, chief executive officer of Ted Gibson, explained the salon’s closing.
“The D.C. salon was a licensing deal with the brand of Ted Gibson responsible for branding, training, image and p.r. for the location in exchange for a monthly fee. When ownership of the location changed, the new owners insisted on changing the terms of the license. The new terms did not reflect the standards of the Ted Gibson brand as we see it, so sadly we were forced to terminate the relationship and pull the license.”
Gibson’s product line, which includes hair care and styling tools, continues to be carried online and at his salon.
With fashion week right around the corner, Gibson is planning an all-day event for Fashion’s Night Out from his Manhattan salon with one of his A-list celebrity clients. He will be styling the spring shows for Lela Rose, Carmen Marc Valvo and Rachel Roy this season. Gibson will remain the beauty transformer for TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” which premieres its new season Aug. 16.
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