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Nomads for Hire

The West Coast brow-shapers, London shoemakers, and Berlin tattooists New Yorkers swear by—and how to book them the next time they’re in town.

Illustration by Laurie Rosenwald  

From Los Angeles
The Brow Sculptor
Since moving from New York to L.A. in 2005, Kristie Streicher has maintained a stable of loyal locals addicted to her trademark feathered brow—a thicker shape that fans out in the middle and ends with a “diffused tail,” which she claims draws attention away from dark circles and other imperfections. On first-time clients, she uses vegetable dye to fill in sparse areas, then applies argan oil to make tweezing less painful during the 30-minute process ($200). Streicher will then teach you how to maintain the bushier brows yourself, as she is only in town about once a season.
Next visit: August 19–29; e-mail ­ to book.

From Dubai
The Foot Fixer
After a ski accident left Frenchman Bastien Gonzalez in need of a podiatrist, he decided to become one himself. Now he bounces between his home in Dubai, his office in Paris, and New York, offering hour-long medical pedicures ($250) that reshape nails, remove corns and calluses, and moisturize brittle talons. His own “pearly” paste evens out texture and buffs nails to a natural, shiny finish. Then he massages up to the knee to improve circulation and increase muscle-and-joint mobility for ­stiletto- or brogue-ravaged feet.
Next visit: June 20–23; e-mail to book.

From Los Angeles
The Celebrity Colorist
As the expert who tends to the television-ready locks of Heidi Klum and Kerry Washington, colorist Corinne Adams hops between coasts depending on where the actresses are shooting. She sees regular folks, too, at the Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in the meatpacking district; classic highlights and lustrous single-process are her specialty (from $150, with consultation and appointment usually lasting at least two hours). She’s also known to give a mean blowout ($65).
Next visit: now through June 30; call 212-879-1000, ext. 2 to book.

From Dallas
The Interiors Whiz
Though she lives full time in Dallas, Alice Cottrell is often in New York trawling boutiques and flea markets for her clients—and taking appointments while she’s at it. They come to her (and pay $165 per hour) for a warm aesthetic; typically, Cottrell’s homes include custom, down-filled upholstery, along with pops of playful color and vintage pieces that work just as well in McMansions as they do in cramped Brooklyn pads. Following a consultation (for the same fee), her services include commissioning furniture, choosing paint colors, sourcing lighting and art, buying and upholstering vintage wares, and tying it all together in a pleasing floor plan.
Next visit: June 11; e-mail to book.

From London
The Bespoke Shoemaker
Keith McNally, Tom Wolfe, and ­Gargantuan-hooved basketball players snap up appointments with top U.K. custom shoemaker G. J. Cleverley whenever its team is in town. Newbies have their feet traced on a sheet of paper, which is later turned into a 3-D map and, eventually, two beechwood lasts—wooden models of your feet used to mold leather—allowing for lifetime reordering. They browse more than 100 styles of brogues, boots, and monk straps in just as many swatches, from calfskin to suede to exotics like ostrich (pairs start at $1,600). To ensure a perfect fit, measurements happen at two separate appointments—meaning your first order might not arrive until six or eight months after the initial consultation.
Next visit: September 25–30; e-mail george@­ to book.

From Paris
The Braid Whisperer
Before “braid bars” became a thing, Rubi Jones—a Paris-based editorial stylist trained at Bumble and bumble in New York and known for her ­flattering braiding techniques—would schedule private appointments while visiting New York for Fashion Week. Lately, she has taken up residence every few months at ­different salons downtown and in Brooklyn—including Nolita’s Poppy and Williamsburg’s Little Axe—to weave messy double fishtails, allover crown-toppers, and other styles. She focuses on face shape and is happy to teach tricks that can be emulated at home. Clients are asked to come with “one-day dirty haire” and book appointments weeks in advance.
Next visit: September 3–11; e-mail to book.

From Hong Kong
The Affordable Custom Tailor
Hong Konger Noni Chullani visits New York every six weeks with 10,000 swatches (plaids, poplins, and oxfords) in tow. An extensive measuring process accounts for posture and body asymmetry. All items are sewn in Shanghai, hand-checked by Chullani’s team, and arrive in six to eight weeks, often at prices that beat department stores and New York’s own bespoke guys (shirts from $70, pants from $150, suits from $550). Women’s pieces like suits, jackets, and blouses cost about the same but are offered in more feminine fabrics—silk wool, linen, charmeuse—and, usually, ladies are asked to bring an item they already like so the tailor can mimic or enhance its fit. Not to worry about the overseas construction: When you’re a first-time customer, Chullani sends a garment in progress to confirm the fit before running the full order.
Next visit: early July; e-mail to book.