The Sassoon Academy Salon in Toronto gets a new address and an updated design.
After nearly 50 years in its original Yorkville location, the Sassoon Salon and Academy in Toronto made the move to a new location. “There wasn’t a glamorous story behind the move, but the new space had to be as functional as our old space,” explains creative director Wesley Hanlon, adding that the building they had previously occupied was sold to a condo developer—a common occurrence in Toronto—forcing them to relocate down the road. The mostly white design is consistent with the Sassoon brand, but it gives both the salon and the academy room to share their distinct personalities within the same space. Along with the additional square footage of this three-storey location, Hanlon admits that it was time to update the design.
“In the new space, we were looking for something that had multiple levels, to add some dimension to our space,” explains Hanlon. The salon occupies two of those levels, with the academy on the top floor to maintain the overall flow of the space. “Our colour floor is on the lowest level and our cutting floor is on the main level, so no matter where we start, we always end up on the same floor and can check on our clients before they leave,” explains Hanlon.
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“Since our academy is in a designated space, we don’t need to close the salon to offer courses, unlike some of the other Sassoon locations,” says Hanlon. While the courses offered fit within the overall global Sassoon curriculum, each location is able to tailor to its own needs, including the barbering and colouring courses that Hanlon helps teach.
Details: Originally opened in 1968, relocated in 2015
Space: 3,000 square feet
Team: 23 hairstylists and colourists
Brands: Davines, Kérastase, Moroccanoil, Sebastian Professional