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August 31 2014

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Laurie Foley’s On the Move

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Hair colorist Laurie Foley (a go-to for models and designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang—both of whom called on her to bleach brows for their runway shows) is in a very different place than she was two months ago. Literally. She’s chatting with me from an old farmhouse in upstate New York that sits on four acres of land, where roosters act as alarm clocks. The woman that is never without a hat has also found a new professional home at both Ion Studio and Salon Santa Cruz in New York City after running her own space for over a decade. As for her shuttered namesake atelier, she’s just taking the concept mobile. “I’ve been the core of L’Atelier de Laurie, and L’Atlier de Laurie is where Laurie is,” she said. “This is what an atelier is—it could be the back room at the backstage of a show, that’s where the crafts are being done, the work and the art is being performed—it could be anywhere.”

The offer to join forces with Ion Studio has been on the table for a while, as she’s run in the same backstage and editorial circles as the owners—Leonardo Manetti, Marco Santini, and Pasquale Ferrante—for years. Only now, though, was the timing finally right. “I’m ready to focus on my work, re-learn, get re-inspired, and have a blast again without other things getting in the way,” she said. “I feel pretty damn valiant,” her favorite word to describe her collaboration with “the boys” at Ion. “Everybody is so busy competing, why not [come] together and make everyone better?” she added. In just the three days she’s been on the salon floor (with her dog in tow), Foley said she’s most excited about being on a team again and passing her knowledge onto the next generation. “I arrived in New York via San Francisco and then went to Paris and Milan doing shows—not coloring, but styling—I did that for twelve and a half years…I liked that we were all working towards the same goal, that’s what I loved so much about backstage.” In her search for the “overall picture,” Foley is happier and more “jazzed” about hair color than ever— describing her mood as “giddy.” “People aren’t going to believe you when you [write] Laurie Foley is giddy. They’re going to say, ‘Are you serious? That old grouch?’” she quipped. But believe it—Foley says she’s proved that she can survive on her own and now, well, “it’s time to have fun.”

To book appointments with Laurie Foley directly: (212) 358-8900. Or find her at Salon Santa Cruz (254 Fifth Avenue, 212-684-2386; salonsantacruz.com) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Ion Studio (41 Wooster Street, 212-343-9060; ionstudionyc.com) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

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