The High-End Custom Tailor
Wall Street kingpins and C-suite businesswomen flock to Savile Row stalwart Dege-Skinner—one of two family-run businesses that still work from Britain’s famed stretch of tailors—whenever its team lands in New York (three times a year). Suits and shirts don’t come cheap (from around $5,300 for the former and $270 for the latter), but all are made with luxurious fabrics like sea-island cotton and cashmere, then sewn in London; each hand-canvassed jacket requires up to 50 man-hours to complete. Bespoke overcoats take slightly less time (about 40 hours). Thankfully, appointments with master cutters last just 60 minutes.
Next visit: October 2–5; e-mail email@example.com to book.
The Skin Tightener
Many of this facial and massage therapist’s clients are so high-profile that they don’t want to be seen in salons. So London-based Nichola Joss goes to their homes or invites them to a Soho or midtown hotel suite for hour-and-a-half customized treatments (from $375). On the body, it’s typically some form of lymphatic massage to jump-start the immune system while removing knots and kinks. Her face technique is a bit more outré: She massages inside your mouth (yes, she uses gloves) to vigorously and painfully improve the texture of muscle tissue (like Pilates for your cheekbones), then prescribes essential oils to make your face look and feel healthier.
Next visit: June 15–19, plus July and August; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
From Santa Monica
The Therapeutic Yogi
Participants in Santa Monican teacher Jennifer Pastiloff’s Manifestation Yoga class ($50; $45 for PureYoga members) wait months for a once-a-season therapy-and-yoga experience that combines traditional moves like standing poses and inversions with singing, dancing, and sharing out loud; a wine tasting follows the two-and-a-half-hour session. Unlike other classes that might center on silent Ashtanga or Vinyasa, this class encourages students to work together and even become pals. Pastiloff tends to attract mostly women, but men are welcome, too.
Next visit: October 12–13; call 212-877-2025 to book.
The Meditation Man
Former New York resident Will Dalton—an Australian who now splits his time between Los Angeles and Maui—gave up instructing yoga to learn Vedic meditation, a calming discipline where one sits quietly, with eyes closed, in order to turn off the brain for twenty minutes twice a day to reduce stress. He now teaches it privately to sleep-deprived, type-A executives (who shell out $6,000 for private lessons) and in five-day public courses (sliding-scale fees range from $500 to $2,500). Both levels include lifetime follow-up consultations with Dalton and an all-access pass to future meetings, events, and seminars to update and improve technique.
Next visit: June 23; visit newyorkmeditation.com to book.
From his hometown perch at Tre Spa in Houston, Trey Gillen is an expert at tressing overprocessed hair. By riffing on classic, not-too-edgy cuts and mixing in “rich, robust color,” Gillen creates styles that respond well to a blowout, some mousse, and plenty of hair spray. He notes that Texas “big hair” and New York “big hair” are “two different things,” and attracts a clientele that includes Broadway actresses and uptown matriarchs who know him from decades ago, when he worked at Garren on Fifth Avenue. Now they trek to Williamsburg’s Woodley & Bunny, where he takes up residence every six to nine weeks.
Next visit: June 16–21; call 718-218-6588 to book.
From Los Angeles
The SoulCycle Evangelist
When SoulCycle wanted to expand to the West Coast a few years ago, it transplanted Tisch-educated actor and spinning trainer Roarke Walker to teach at its West Hollywood location. Around L.A., he’s regarded as one of the most motivating instructors, perhaps, as fitness blogs have enthusiastically noted, because of how good-looking he is. Or because fans love his soundtrack of pop remixes and old-school hip-hop, to which he encourages a ride-to-the-beat strategy, correcting the form of each participant as he or she goes. He returns to New York quarterly, always with a long waiting list of diehards who remember him fondly from the company’s early days.
Next visit: July 4–7; visit soul-cycle.com to book.
From Los Angeles
Though she prefers the term “skin-finisher,” Angeleno Fiona Locke is essentially a high-end human airbrusher, working with the St. Tropez line of faux tanners to sun-kiss her customers. The process starts with determining your desired color level, followed by a full-body spray tan and then contouring—using paintbrushes or her fingers—to highlight cleavage and abs (existent or otherwise) or make calves appear more toned. Unlike a one-size-fits-all machine or tanning bed, the 45-minute process ($150) adds realistic dimension to the finished look, which lasts about a week and won’t stain your bedsheets.
Next visit: July 8–14; visit fionalockestudio.com to book.
From Denver, Berlin, & Beyond
The Cult Tattooists
In addition to being one of the city’s premier inking spots, New York Adorned sets itself apart from its competitors thanks to a robust guesting program, which brings the best inkers from around the world to the East Village. Coming up: Marie Sena of Dedication Tattoo in Denver (June 3–14), who creates beautiful, pirate-like portraits; Andrew Giulimondi of London’s cult studio the Family Business (June 16–19), offering gnarly-looking animals in vibrant colors; and Valetin Hirsch of AKA Berlin (July 15–20), known for his intricate black work, often rendered in tessellating geometric shapes. And butterflies, too.
Next visit: Ongoing; price quotes upon consultation. 47 Second Ave., nr. 2nd St.; 212-473-0007.
The Small-Batch Facialist
As the on-set skincare expert for Skyfall and the beauty maven behind Gwyneth Paltrow and Emily Blunt’s pristine complexions, Amanda Lacey comes to the Lowell Hotel on the Upper East Side every three or four months via London, where her Chelsea atelier has a long waiting list and luxury-level pricing. Her consultation and hour-long facial ($540) eschews lasers or newfangled tech toys for her own tonics—some of which she sells in person at her appointments, from around $100—that balance the skin using essential oils like sage and eucalyptus and plant-derived extracts like rose and chamomile. Another signature: a vigorous massage with her bare hands and a hot paste that sloughs off skin made exclusively for her by her English chemist from a secret recipe.
Next visit: September 10-13; email email@example.com to book.