Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's five Kennedy's locations are transported to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and a trip to the barber was a relaxing social experience. The polished wood-trimmed décor and vintage leather furnishings echo that bygone era, and the smell of after-shave and sounds of scissors clipping away locks complete the portrait. Barbers offer cold beverages and hand-selected music before trimming hair or cleaning away stubble with the almost-forgotten art of the straight razor.
To render this atmosphere social, most locations sport a lounge with saloon tables, billiards, and more modern appurtenances such as flat-screen TVs and butler robots. This spirit of old-school personal service showcased amid elegant, throwback décor has helped Kennedy’s win a number of accolades, including the Best Barber Shop award from Orlando Magazine six times, most recently in 2013.
After honing their styling abilities in the elegant salons of southern Italy, brothers Luigi and Piero Pirri set their sights on London. The goal was to acquire the advanced technical skills required in a world of constantly evolving style. At their two salons in Greenwich and Eastchester, the brothers now lead a professional styling team while utilizing the techniques they have gathered in their journey of more than 20 years.
While crafting styles for regular clients or models of New York City's Fashion Week, the salon team utilizes products from the brothers' own product line, Pirri Elements. Each shampoo or conditioner from Pirri Elements contains a few droplets of essential bergamot oil, which helps to leave hair beautiful and manageable, unlike a job letting billionaires tousle your hair.
Meander down a side street in Greenwich, and you may stumble upon the quaint brick building that houses Coppola Tambascio Salon. If you walk inside, you'll meet co-owners Bobby Tambascio and Claudia Coppola—seasoned managers who grew up in salons and began their careers when they were still in their teens. Their services include highlights, coloring treatments, and cuts for men and women. While stylists sculpt coiffures, they take care to flatter each client's unique facial features and lifestyle, whether by smoothing frizzy tresses with keratin treatments or dying them to resemble a dignified face tattoo. When they aren't primping tresses, they beautify faces with waxing, threading, and makeup applications.
Long before coming to the United States, Jose' Henrique lived in Brazil, where he trained at top institutions and owned his own salons. He brings his years of experience and training to Greenwich at his latest venture—Jose' Henrique Salon. Within the elegant studio, Jose and his seasoned staff perform an array of hair services, from trendy haircuts to innovative Japanese straightening treatments. The versatile specialists also provide a variety of skincare services, including smoothing body wraps and body and facial waxing.
At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Yale-graduate Dr. Chang Soo Kim and a team of specialists help clients achieve their desired aesthetic with skin treatments. From lasers and chemical salves to magic wands, the med spa's non-invasive remedies diminish surface-level imperfections such as fine lines or sun damage.
Enzo Riccobene and his wife Linda work side-by-side inside his namesake salon and spa. They cut, perm, color, and straighten manes as patrons relax in sleek white chairs. Other pampering services include a facial that gives the pink slip to acne and aromatherapy massages. Post appointment, clients can pick up Moroccan Oil and L’Oreal products or peruse the salon’s collection of handmade jewelry and handbags.