David Mallett opens a new salon at The Webster New York
After years of catering to the locks of the city’s fashion insiders and who’s who from his apartment, Paris-based coiffeur David Mallett opened his first salon in 2003 inside a grand, yet understated 17th century apartment off the Place des Victoires. Privately located on the second floor of an exquisite hotel particulier, the salon is famed for its impossibly chic, yet welcoming setting, that naturally complements Mallet’s philosophy for creating practical, beautiful styles.
Fifteen years on, with a second salon located at the Ritz hotel in Paris that opened in 2016, Mallett opened his first international outpost in New York this month. Occupying the entire fifth floor of the well-heeled concept boutique The Webster in Soho, Mallett’s newest addition combines his salon’s Parisian culture with nods to his Australian heritage, and muddles in New York’s urban attitude to boot.
Although international expansion wasn’t originally on the cards for Mallett, a conversation with The Webster’s founder, Laure Hériard Debreuil, Mallett’s friend and client, proved otherwise. When Mallett toured The Webster over a year ago, he immediately took a shine to the building’s fifth floor, which was already slated to become Hériard Debreuil’s offices.
A quick pivot aided by the skills of French architect Charles Zana, enabled the 1,600 sq ft space to be transformed into an elegant, intimate salon, very much in the same spirit of the Parisian original. Custom-designed lighting and furniture from the designer Francois Pouenat, including eight statuesque leaning mirrors for each of the salon chairs, fill the salon with an elevated air of refinement, while a central 15 ft marble table, displaying large resin trays resembling tortoise shell from Dinosaur Designs’ Louise Olsen provide a natural counterpoint.
Boasting breathtaking views of Soho’s surrounding historic architecture and filled with pools of natural daylight, the intimate salon is a retreat where clients can enjoy one of the its signature hair facials or an impeccable cut or colour – all performed by Mallet or one of his trusted French team, who will travel in from Paris on a rotating basis.
Also available in the salon is Mallett’s eponymous line of haircare products, which ranges from shampoos and conditioners to hair masks and volume powders. Its latest additions are a duo of hair mists – the cucumber-scented Fresh, which is infused with hyaluronic acid and protective polysaccharides to refresh the hair and skin of frequent travellers, and the hydrating, red raspberry spray Fresh, that hydrates and protects colour-treated hair with raspberry vinegar and organic tomato extract. §