NEW YORK — Hairstylist Chrystoph Marten, who was formerly editorial director for Vidal Sassoon here and, most recently, a stylist at Manhattan's Arrojo Studio, has struck out on his own.
Marten has opened a signature salon in Chelsea here, a 1,500-square-foot, second-floor space at 511 West 20th Street.
"My dream was always to start a company from the ground up," said Marten, who specializes in short-to-long cuts, long layers, short layers with bangs and "heavy" cuts, or dos that are all one length.
The salon's black-and-white motif is meant to evoke the feeling of Berlin in the Twenties. "It's very German," said Marten, who is a native of Nuremburg. The intimate space features three chairs for styling and coloring and the back bar has a single shampoo station. The space features a leather sofa, steel decor and background strains of techno music.
"Clients love it because it's so private," said the salon's colorist Marc Daniels, who met Marten while the two were at Sassoon. Daniels said he specializes in "every" kind of coloring but specifically goes for "visual texture in the hair — lots of shiny, healthy hair."
The salon shares the floor with a fashion showroom and the overall concept could be considered a little slice of Bauhaus on the West Side. Marten shares the space with Julia Jentzsch, a Cologne native and the former creative director of the Naum fashion brand.
The space formerly housed Naum, which was discontinued; however, Jentzsch is now in the process of establishing her own signature label and anticipates doing made-to-measure looks for salon clients in addition to running a wholesale fashion business. She expects to show her first collection in the space in September.
Marten said he believes the salon-showroom pairing facilitates creativity. "With two different companies in one [space] you think differently," he said. "You get different ideas." Added Jentzsch, "Chrystoph is about the architecture of hair and my clothes are about architecture."
In addition to the two-month-old salon, Marten has created a signature hair care line. He developed four handmade, lemon-and-patchouli-scented products — a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment and a styling wax — that are carried at the salon.
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