At Seven salon, disc jockeys spin tunes seven days a week as stylists craft haircuts suited to clients’ bone structure. An ode to the art of hairstyling, the salon is adorned with gallery-worthy pieces such as a Kandinsky, among others.Most recently, Seven turned up the wattage for its retail hair care, working with actress Portia de Rossi in its most recent advertising campaign for an upcoming launch.Seven isn’t located in hairstyling capitals such as New York City or Los Angeles, instead the salon is in Bellevue, Washington — a market better known for coffee versus coiffures. That’s not overlooked, Seven’s baristas serve up fresh brew with beauty. The salon hopes to change that thinking as it seeks to expand its distribution to salons.“We don’t just serve good coffee, we have great service and a great environment for our clients and for our stylists,” explained Ryan Sieverson, Seven hair care’s president, a 22-year veteran to the professional salon industry. Seven was founded 10 years ago with four stylists. Since then, the salon relocated to Bellevue and sports a team of 65.It was the stylists who requested products that were less “heavy” than what was used on the back bar, nudging Seven into the retail business. “We created the products ourselves,” said Sieverson of the line that includes 30 items. Over the past two years, the line has been elevated in regard to formulas and packaging. Divided into multiple segments by results such as shine or boosting volume, prices range from $26 to $33 and are sold at the salon, on the company’s web site and through 400 partner salons.
As it seeks greater salon penetration, Seven is rolling out two retail products and tapping its first celebrity to generate a buzz.[caption id="attachment_11075791" align="alignnone" width="300"] Ryan Sieverson[/caption]“In 2018 we are growing eastward,” said Sieverson, adding Seven has its eye on national and international growth with Australia its first market outside of the U.S. That’s fortuitous for Seven as it recently tapped Australian native de Rossi to promote its newest launch called Kente Bond system. “She’s our first Bond Girl,” said Sieverson. She’ll be used in social channels, Seven’s web site and professional print ads.Khristina Kravas, Seven’s director of marketing, elaborated. “She has great hair, but she’s also an artist and that ties into our DNA. She has a strong personal sense of style.”Kente Bond system addresses a growing need to strengthen tresses following consumer demand to dramatically change up hair color. “Our colorists have been pushing boundaries with creative coloring. It comes with a price for the health of the hair. When you bleach hair and use aggressive colorants, you are breaking the bond. Our new product launch brings bond repair to home care,” Sieverson said. The collection ranges in price, the shampoo for $28 and the conditioner and restorative spray for $30 each.[caption id="attachment_11075792" align="alignnone" width="300"] Khristina Kravas[/caption]The other launch is a biotin supplement within Seven’s Satara collection called Opti. “We know our clients are looking for new ways to ensure hair health,” said Sieverson. “They know that beauty starts from within.” This biotin supplement fused with a blend of botanicals retails for $45 for a two-month supply that is teed up to the typical return visit to a salon. “People buy their first purchase on hope. But we know when they return they’ll realize their hair and nails are stronger and longer and want to purchase again.”
Beyond its retail aspirations, the salon continues to respond to consumer demands. For example, noticing clients loved taking bathroom selfies, the salon installed favorable bathroom lighting and added hashtags on the mirrors. Those touches helped Seven score as a top producer per square foot in the tony Bellevue Mall, ranking amongst elite retailers like Tesla, Apple and Tiffany and Co.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.