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This twenties-inspired London salon chain opened its first stateside location on the Lower East Side in November 2008. After honing his cutting chops in Sussex and launching three shops in London, handlebar-mustache-sporting founder Russell Manley moved to New York to unveil this old-timey space for cuts and coloring. A longtime collector of antique ephemera, he shipped over seven leather upholstered barbershop chairs from the twenties, along with nickel cabinets, glass, and mirrors, to re-create the same London aesthetic. Although the throwback décor and beer-stocked fridge is reminiscent of Freemans, Tommy’s offers cuts and colors for both sexes. Manley has worked for designer Isaac Mizrahi and photographers like Nick Knight, and his eight freelance stylists shuttle back and forth between salon work at Tommy’s and fashion shoots (stylist Duffy has snipped the locks of Kate Moss). The staff comes equipped with résumés from Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Aveda, and each stylist claims different specialties: Kimberly is known for her precision cuts, and Jenna for her updos. Bigen’s gentle vegetable dye is used, as well as the salon’s own eponymous line of styling products touting natural ingredients like nettle, burdock, and pomegranate.
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