About Frédéric Fekkai, Founder of Frédéric Fekkai Inc and Celebrity Hairstylist
For over two decades, Frédéric Fekkai has impacted the international beauty landscape with his European elan and entrepreneurial vision. Innovative cuts, premium hair products and a rarefied salon concept define Fekkai as a pioneering businessman.
Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, Fekkai rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by training with a roster of notable Parisian hairdressers. By 1989, Fekkai’s modern cuts (and dashing demeanor) caught the attention of Bergdorf Goodman. He was invited to design a salon which echoed the sophistication of the celebrated department store. Inspired by the image and experience of other notable timeless luxury brands, Frédéric Fekkai Beauty Center became an instant mecca for social swans and celebrities.
By 1995, a roster of celebrity clientele, explosive press and an award winning product line transformed Frédéric Fekkai from red hot hairdresser to luxury lifestyle brand. By 2005, Fekkai expanded the product lineup and salon business that exuded his specific brand of effortless style. He redesigned his flagship and opened a 10,000 square foot salon on New York’s legendary Fifth Avenue. For twenty years, The Fekkai New York City Flagship has remained the highest grossing salon in the world.
Fekkai currently operates seven salons in key markets- three in New York City that include Soho, The Upper East Side and Fifth Avenue as well as Los Angeles, Dallas, Greenwich, and Palm Beach --and services approximately 1,500 clients per day.
In March, 2008, Fekkai made headlines once again. P&G, the country’s largest consumer goods company, acquired Frédéric Fekkai Inc with the aligned vision of propelling the Fekkai brand to the next level. Fekkai now serves as consultant playing a strategic and designer role as he works closely with Procter & Gamble teams to innovate new products and celebrate the luxurious equity of the brand that bears his name.
In addition, he is involved in a wide range of charitable initiatives, including efforts to support women, children and the arts. Frédéric Fekkai serves on the Board of Directors for Martha Stewart Living and in 2010 was made a Knight of France’s National Order of Merit.
Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships