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Date of origin 2011
Felicity Blake SESSION.MASTER for Kevin Murphy. Photography: Kaylin Rodriquez for Grant & Steph
Her schedule reads like a war torn map, where countries borders change often depending on who is a the helm of the army on any given month. It is exhausting trying to keep up, and you aren’t even the one sent out to do the battle. But from our safe little salons we thank her. On any given day she is the reason our work has meaning again. Felicity’s immense passion and exhaustive schedule is what has saved so many of us from our own profession taking us over like a poverty stricken country.
Name: Felicity Davis ( Money Penny)
Hometown: The Globe
Years in the business: 32 years
Current City: Stockholm, Sweden
Recommended watching? Anything in English :), documentaries on creative people , loved the series icono clast
Recommended reading? Italian Vogue, Australian Vogue of course, stories of courageous people that triumph over adversity
Recommended App: Google Maps
Recommended Website: astrologyzone.com
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Balance
What is your greatest fear? Being misunderstood
What historical figure do you most identify with? Any Pioneering Woman
Which living person do you most admire? Humanitarian Aid workers
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I Find it hard to say No
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty
What is your greatest extravagance? Shoes
What is your favorite journey? Going home to my love
On what occasion do you lie? Only to phone telemarketers – I say I am the babysitter, nanny, maid
What do you most dislike about your appearance? I would like to be slimmer and taller and to have perfect skin
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Do ya reckon?
What is your greatest regret? Not being a mummy, not being able to be a ballerina
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Jimmy Blake
When and where were you happiest? Now or when I am in Bali, anywhere I am with my love
What is your current state of mind? Details and organising
If you could change one thing about your family what would it be? My Mum and Dad would be alive and visiting me. And I would get to see my two nieces more.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Sharing my passion and inspiring young hairdressers and letting them know if you want it work towards it and DREAM BIG.
What is your most treasured posession? My life and LOVE
What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery? loneliness
What is your favorite occupation? KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.MASTER
What is your most marked characteristic? My hair
What do you most value in friends? Honesty, laughs, support
Who are your favorite writers? Any writer that makes me think
Who are your heroes in real life? The one that has my heart and my dearest friends
What is it that you most dislike? Lies
How would you like to die? In my sleep
If you were to die, and you could choose who you came back as, what would it be? A better version of myself.
What is your motto or favorite phrase/saying? Live, Laugh , Love and never look back – Make people in my life know how important they are to me.
Well, 77 Salon, that is.
When my business partner and I took over Aphrodite Salon (est. 1998) in Portland’s Pearl District in 2004 we first decided that in order to attract new stylists and give the space a fresh start a new name and branding was in order. Then we decided the salon needed a name that was easy to pronounce and spell. We chose 77.
Both of us were born that year. I came up with it while drinking a beer at a Mexican restaurant. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it – it just popped into my head. There was plenty of other things to think about and it seemed to do the job. You can’t get too judgy over the use of numbers as a name, I thought. I have always been overly critical of salon names. That probably won’t ever end.
The new branding and name worked. We ended up attracting a ridiculously talented group of individuals – five of whom went on to open their own successful salons. It was sad to watch them go, and I am still in awe of the electricity that salon had. So many talented artists in one space. We left 77 in capable hands of another talented stylist who went on to win a few more awards for the salon and lead the hair designers at the prestigious Portland Fashion Week. I moved on to do hair down the street and simultaneously become the digital marketing manager for KEVIN.MURPHY. I gotta say, though, you just never forget your first.
^I created that. I really did – makes me feel like I created the NIKE swoosh or something.