Tomahawk Salon owner Chantal Savaresse, right, and stylist Kristin Jackson do customers’ hair at the Porter Avenue shop, which also sels clothing and accessories. — Photo by Anna D’Agrosa
Bushwick is proving to be a welcome environment for entrepreneurs of all kinds and The Loom is home to many. Tomahawk Salon and Boutique has been open since early summer, featuring full salon services as well as clothing and accessories from emerging designers. Haircut-hoppers can end their search for the perfect cut, right here off Flushing Avenue.
Owner Chantal Savaresse has lived near The Loom building for six years and was among the first to sign on to open shop at the development. She previously owned a vintage and design store in Williamsburg called Femme Fatale, but shuttered last January to devote her full time and energy to Tomahawk.
"I love Bushwick and have no plans of leaving, so why get on the subway to go to Williamsburg?" Savaresse said. "I’m happy to be staying in my neighborhood."
Savaresse and fellow stylist Kristin Jackson met through mutual friends and are a perfect fit — each bringing a unique style to the table. "Kristin is very editorial — into big gorgeous hair and I’m more like the nature girl, with round brushes banned from my station," said Savaresse.
Jackson has been busy recently styling hair and wigs for pop star Katy Perry and her entourage of candy-colored wig-frocked dancers seen recently on her Califoria Gurls video and appearances on David Letterman and SNL. Jackson also has a number of her handmade "hair accessories" for sale at the shop including bows, headbands, and sunglasses meticulously woven out of acrylic hair.
The Tomahawk team has found a very friendly community in the Loom spaces. Many of the shop owners have collaborated on The Loom’s First Fridays events, coordinated by Karin Persan, owner of artisan clothing shop Better Than Jam. "Once a month she brings in an ecclectic group of folks to show their art, designs and music," said Savaresse. For its part in the events, Tomahawk offers wine and a girls night out with $30 blow outs and specials.
The shop itself is decorated beautifully with vintage photographs, cameras, hair tools, and carefully curated pieces of furniture. One wall is lined with clothing and accessories hand-picked by Savaresse. She carries designers such as New York Couture, Joanne Burman, and BB Dakota, and Savarresse and seamstress Adaire Wood-Stockman are working on Tomahawk’s own clothing line. "Each week we add some new pieces of revamped vintage: clothing items that might have been tossed out are fitted, hemmed, and beddazzled with applique," she said. The pieces sell for around $40 each.
On the horizon are more offerings and collaborations. "There are so many talented people in this neighborhood we love to collaborate with such as Fleury Rose of Blood Rose Nails," who will soon be doing nails in the salon.
Tomahawk is open for shopping and full salon services Tues-Sat from 12:30-8:30pm, and as advertised on their website: "walk-ins are welcome, appointments are divine."