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 d?cor 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 d?cor 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.
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.
At the age of 15, Becker Chicaiza, the future owner of Becker Salon, met a homeless man named Victor in his hometown in Ecuador. He brought the man to his family's home where he gave him food, clothing, and a haircut. Becker's family was impressed with his kindness, but even more so with the way the haircut transformed the man's appearance. Soon after, people in town began to request haircuts and women even asked Becker to color their hair. Spurred on by his success, Becker left Ecuador for Greenwich where he dedicated himself to his craft. Since then, he's made a name for himself in the world of fashion, taking second place at L'Oreal's 2008 Mondial de la Coiffure competition in Paris and working with Zac Posen and Jimmy Choo at New York Fashion Week. He brings all of this experience to Becker Salon, where he and his team of stylists help clients to achieve the looks they've seen on runways and in international airport-security lines. To create those looks, they snip strands and tint them with INOA ammonia-free color or Kerastase products infused with antioxidants. Additionally, a complimentary glass of champagne or cappuccino welcomes clients when they enter the studio.