My latest piece for VanityFair.com just went live! I know you guys hate “more” tags, but I’m not really supposed to post the whole thing here, so I’ll just give you a taste. If you want to read more about this awesome new salon in West Hollywood, click here!
Creativity and individualism reign supreme at Galvin Benjamin, a four-month-old salon at the junction of West Hollywood’s Melrose and Robertson Avenues created by British hairstyling duo James Galvin and Benjamin Mohapi.
Though their client list reads like a Hollywood gossip sheet (including David Beckham, Keira Knightley, Cameron Diaz, and Paul McCartney), Galvin and Mohapi pride themselves on an unpretentious, client-driven approach. “Here, it’s not unusual to see somebody from Beverly Hills getting her big blowout next to an Eastside Silverlake kid having his tips dyed green,” says Mohapi.
The 2,300-square-foot salon is simultaneously cozy and industrial, with exposed wooden ceilings and a concrete floor juxtaposed against highbrow British details. Eight styling chairs are anchored by Edwardian writing tables; coffee is served in individual French presses and tea in mismatched China cups and saucers; the walls are dotted with a rotating art collection curated by Sonja Teri and featuring pieces by Shepard Fairey, Anthony Lister, and Curtis Kulig. In the lounge, where people sit quietly tapping on laptops, Galvin and Mohapi’s own art and architecture books are displayed. (To read more, click here.)