This video features the essence of Kansas City's Belle Epoque Hair Salon Studio located at 15th and Walnut near downtown. Belle Epoque was established by its founder, Rusty Phillips, in 2005 and has been recognized for many years as one of the top salons in America by Elle Magazine and Salon Today.
The atmosphere and culture of Belle Epoque has a unique, positive vibe and energy. Each stylist demonstrates great pride in their craft and are well versed, educated and knowledgable of the latest trends and styles in this ever-changing industry. They call themselves an atelier salon, which was a word I was not familiar with. When I looked it up in the dictionary I learned atelier (at-el-ier) is a noun meaning; a workshop or studio, esp. one used by an artist or a designer. I thought that was cool and I have been impressed with my atelier experience at Belle Epoque as a guest for the past few years I decided to make this video for them.
As I've have gotten to know Rusty, Jane, Luther and the rest of the Belle Epoque team I am inspired by their friendship and dedication. This video was created to illustrate the atmosphere and culture of Belle Epoque and the amazing people behind this benchmark of American hair salons.
Special thanks to the whole Belle Epoque team for allowing us into their world for a day to shoot and capture the positive energy, commitment and dedication to their family of clients they call "guests" and the essence of who they are and what they do.
Shot with a Canon 5D Mark III by Dan Taylor and Mark Brown.
Edited by Patrick Koetting & Dan Taylor in Final Cut Pro
Music by Pretty Lights "Finally Moving"
Released: October 24, 2012