As one of London’s most luxurious hotels, the Corinthia describes itself as, ‘a graceful and historic luxury hotel that sets new standards in opulence and comfort.’ Walk through its doors no-one would dispute this characterisation of what is a truly spectacular environment and one that is suitably positioned for the new, and second, Daniel Galvin Salon. Legendary colourist and hairdresser Daniel Galvin OBE was approached by the Corinthia because they wanted to offer something exceptional and unique to their guests and their discerning clientele.
With guests drawn from working professionals, local people and hotel residents, the Daniel Galvin proposition of natural beauty enhancement is evident in its high-profile and loyal client base, which includes many celebrities, public figures, VIPs, MPs and key opinion formers. This, along with the salon’s world-wide reputation made Daniel Galvin the perfect choice for this cosmopolitan destination salon at the Corinthia. Another factor in creating the salon was the quality of colourists and stylists who are all trained from within; Daniel Galvin’s Operations Director Stephen Nurse picks up the story: “Our philosophy, approach and quality of the team contributed to our selection as the perfect brand to sit within the Corinthia. Our distinguished client base and reputation will help to attract new clients into the salon and we are looking forward to being of service to the hotel’s residents as well.”
When creating the salon in such an exclusive setting, no compromises were made. And with luxury, comfort and unrivalled service at the heart of this new venture, the salon turned to Takara Belmont when it came choosing the furniture and equipment. Stephen Nurse; “To be the very best means using the very best of everything and we know Takara Belmont is the best in furniture and equipment. For us there was no alternative, and we decided this right from the start.” Although Stephen and his team had decided upon the brand, they visited Takara Belmont’s stand at Hairworld Paris, of which Takara was a main sponsor, to identify the furniture that would fit in with this unique concept salon. The quality, durability classic styling and, importantly, comfort were vital features of Takara Belmont that led Daniel Galvin’s team to choose the Apollo 2 barber chair and Adria Styling chairs for the main salon floor, coupled Takara’s NRS Kaze backwash station that combines both eye-catching style and supreme comfort. “We insist on luxury at every stage of a client’s visit to Daniel Galvin,” states Stephen. “Furniture and equipment is a critical part of the whole level of service we provide as clients can spend hours sitting down, lying down and relaxing. Our reputation depends on getting this right and we believed only Takara Belmont could deliver the luxury we needed along with the strength and performance a busy salon demands.”
With a legendary status all of its own, Apollo 2 barber chairs were customised in cream upholstery and the Adria in brown with white backs to fit in with the salon’s colour scheme and decor. The backwash chairs followed suit to deliver a perfectly coordinated look for this prestigious salon. With a number of unique features, including a VIP ‘movie makeover’ room, in which guests can select from a multiplicity of iconic movies, view live TV or work from a PC or Mac, Takara Belmont’s Apollo 2 sits at the heart of this incredible space that literally defines luxury and indulgence.
In so many ways, this salon is really quite special; touching all the senses of those who really demand the exceptional. Asked why they chose Takara Belmont for this most important of projects and Stephen’s response was quite unequivocal – “Takara Belmont has the reputation and quality that we demand for our luxury salons and our clients expect that – so for us, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”
For information or to arrange an appointment at Takara Belmont’s London or Manchester showrooms call 020 7515 0333 or visit www.takara.co.uk/hairdressing