On Photography – Part Two

In my earlier post on photography, I mentioned that I’d worked on some photoshoots with Barry Lategan for Italian Vogue, and started getting more freelance work. Then I realized that you can’t run a salon in NYC if you want to be successful and be skipping out on photoshoots all the time, unless you were fortunate enough to get the kind of jobs that would have clients knocking down the doors to get in. Which is sort of what happened, because I found a niche with two magazines in particular: Glamour, one of the most popular magazines for young women at the time, and a slightly edgier one called Mademoiselle. They let me do a lot of work for them, and it absolutely brought people in to get their hair cut. By 1985 we became a really hot salon – we were completely busting at the seams. Somewhere around that time I learned to take pictures. It wasn’t so much that I’d learned exactly, but it was like I downloaded it and suddenly I knew how to take photos.

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The Beginning of Bumble – Salon Debbian

I’m often asked how I came to be in America. Honestly, I’m not terribly impressed by myself, but when I think about myself as a 15 year old boy starting work in the intimidating atmosphere and ambience of René of Mayfair, I don’t even have words. I don’t even know how I got to the subway station. And a lot of people think I’m from South Africa, because I lived there for five years, but it was more of a passing stop – a very pivotal stop that affected my whole life. Bumble and bumble in South Africa was essentially a test run before I came to America.

Press play below to hear the story.

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On Photography: Part One

My very first camera was something my father bought me when I went on a school trip to Switzerland when I was twelve. It was quite a long time ago so it was beautiful, but not terribly sophisticated or expensive. I had no idea how to use it. It was a classic black and white film camera, you gave it to the drugstore, and they processed and printed postcard-size pictures. My biggest regret in life would be not documenting everything I experienced, the way Jacques Henri Lartigue did from the age of five. I would have loved to have had an iPhone fifty years before anyone else did because I have so many memories of such extraordinary things, especially when I started working at René of Mayfair.

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Signs of the Times

While digging through old photos in our archive for a presentation I was giving, I stumbled upon some scans of Bumble and bumble’s logos throughout the years. Even though I’m no longer involved with Bb., I enjoyed reminiscing about the journey from our salon in South Africa to the brand we built in New York. I thought it might be interesting to travel down memory lane with you and tell the story of each logo. I hope you’ll find it interesting, as well.

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