Featured on CBS, Fox Business and NBC as a beauty expert, Chris Coffee is the visionary and creative force behind Gotham Beauty Inc. A graduate of the Make Up Forever Academy in New York City, the former professional ballet dancer is no stranger to getting glammed up as he has worked with some of the most premiere dance companies and has graced the largest stages such as the New York State Theater. Chris has traveled to international cosmetic shows and worked for leading beauty products and consulted brands from Europe to South America. His background in show business led him to become the Creative Producer for many of the fashion shows by the legendary fashion label, Heatherette which have had faces like Naomi Campbell, Ellen DeGeneres, Pam Anderson, and Kelly Osbourne grace the runway. Chris’ hard work and dedication to what he does has lead him to appear in such publications as “The New York Times”, and “Crain’s New York Business”.
Inspired by the fashion district and Fashion Week in Bryant Park, Chris’ vision was to open a place for those New Yorker’s who are looking for only the best beauty products and services for the ultimate results. Chris stays current with the latest trends in both cosmetic and medical skincare, keeping Gotham Beauty Inc. at the forefront of the newest technologies. This includes bringing in some of the strongest and most effective products in the industry. His passion for skincare and beauty prompted him to create his own line of Gotham Beauty Inc’s products, which include mineral based cosmetics and pH balanced skincare. His beauty venues offer the world’s most innovative beauty products in a truly unique shopping experience. His clients receive unparalleled technical product knowledge, expert advice and friendly service.
Gotham Beauty Inc. stands out from other New York City salons because it’s artists accurately assess an individual’s skin and beauty needs, rather then just push a product or service that doesn’t fit the client’s overall look. The vision for the salon was always to be full service because to Chris, overall beauty is more important then just any one part of a client’s appearance looking runway ready. Chris wants everyone to leave the salon feeling refreshed and beautiful, ready to walk out into the world looking their very best.
Dynamic and professional hair stylist with extensive experience in specialized beauty care including hair cutting, hair coloring, extensions, dreads, pinch-braiding, weaves, braids, color mixing with synthetic hair, hair piece placement, and up-dos. Strong product knowledge, sales experience, customer focus, and solid record of client retention. Great team player able to provide excpetional service for all types of clientele. Blow the New York Blow Dry Bar- national educator, open style bars in Nordstrom and train salon staff in California and Nevada on Blow products, services and “the art of the perfect blow dry.” Moroccan Oil- international platform artist, product specialist, and high end spa educator. Keratin Complex- international platform artist, train salon staff on PK and smoothing treatments. Macadamia Natural Oil- Global Platform Artist/ Creative Director. Cristophe salon Beverly Hills Batia and Aleeza Salon Beverly Hills. Launched product brands worldwide. Launched products at Nordstrom and Sephora. Has a celebrity clientele in Los Angeles and specializes in wig building and style coloring. Nate has a continuing clientele in New York and Beverly Hills and in his spare time likes to breathe fire and dance on the tallest stilts with his identical twin brother
Ashley Cucolo has been in the beauty industry for over twelve years. She started working in a small salon when she was fifteen years old, where she assisted ten stylists. She has always been a perfectionist when it comes to her artistry. From early on, Ashley began noticing the rapid growth in passion for this industry.
Ashley attended Capri Cosmetology in Nanuet, NY, and obtained her Cosmetology License. During her final months of school, she landed her first job as a stylist on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Ashley is constantly continuing her education, learning new techniques, attending advanced level color and styling classes to make sure she is keeping up with the latest trends. Ashley has incorporated many techniques she has learned throughout the years, and made her own. Ashley aims to give each client the highest level of satisfaction, making them feel like they couldn’t look or feel any better.
Ashley is certified in SoCap and Great Lengths Hair Extensions, a number of different smoothing treatment processes, to name a few; Brazilian Blowout, Rejuvinol, Lasio, Hair B… Smoothing System. Ashley is well educated in a vast number of color lines, but her expertise is with Wella.
Ashley has worked on numerous clients, including New York elites, and socialites, been head stylist for bridal parties, private parties, photo shoots, and fashion shows.
An opportunity arose for Ashley to join the season 26 cast of The Amazing Race. Seeing the world and diversified cultures, it broadened her horizons and expanded her creativity. She traveled all over the world and was able to incorporate that experience in her life, daily. Given the fact that Ashley has worked on all different hair types, this really inspired her to bring more culture and flare to her life, and career.
Bella Khaimova is a talented hairstylist from Russia, started her beauty career in New Yorker of 24 years ago, Bella is specialized in men and women’s haircuts, color, and highlights, and makeup. She is also excellent with Nails, Facial Threading , lash tinting, brow shaping and tinting.
Bella is the former owner of Fantastic Nails and Hair located in Nassaw County, a business she successfully operated for 16 years. Since 2015 she started working with Sebastian at Gotham Beauty Lounge located in Bryant park, where she was able to perfect her brow touch!
As a girl in Brooklyn, New York, the manicurist we now know only as “Honey” had dreams of being an artist. At age 13, she received her first set of nails that quickly became her first set of canvas; as she covered them with images and designs her dream took form and this young teen became the renowned manicurist we know today.
From nails painted to resemble everything from band-aids to beetle wings, Honey has imagined some of the most innovative nail designs the fashion world has ever seen. This led to a coveted list of clients including Britney Spears, Ciara, Courtney Love, Dita Von Teese, and Kate Hudson; all of which she affectionately referred to as “honey”; the famed manicurist soon found this moniker to be her own.
Honey’s artistry dominates the fashion industry and can be seen in print advertising, editorials, television commercials, as well as on the runway. She has added her polish to advertising campaigns for Balenciaga, Balmain, BCBG Max Azria, Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, DVF, H&M, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, L’Oreal, Max Mara, Maybelline, Redken, Revlon, Tiffany & Co., and True Religion. She has also painted nails for magazines including Allure, Glamour, Interview, Numéro, V, Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Italia, and W; and collaborated with the likes of Richard Burbridge, Sebastian Faena, Mikael Jansson, Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Emma Summerton, Solve Sundsbo, and Tim Walker.
Honey has led the nail looks for countless New York Ready-to-Wear fashion shows and presentations, collaborating with brands such as Baja East, H&M, Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Marissa Webb, Rachel Zoe, Proenza Schouler, Suno, Tom Ford, Versus Versace, and Y-3.
Honey does have one more artistic dream; to create her own nail color, a blackish-purple called “Hella Bad”. Her best nail-care tip: “Wash and moisturize a lot because there are a lot of cooties out there!”
My career began 10 years ago at the Aveda Institute, NY. Between working at a salon that catered to ethnic hair, as well as assisting prominent hair stylists, I took steps towards my goals. After five years at the salon, I decided to take my craft in front of the camera. I met photographers and designers in the fashion industry and developed a portfolio. Seeing my work in print inspired me to keep going.
After years of assisting, styling shoots, and networking, I got my break. In 2009 I styled my first web series LOL Brooklyn’s Finest and television show Food For Thought: Conversation w/ 50 Cent on BET. I received calls and booked jobs from major magazines that had seen my work. In mid 2010, I completed the first production on Ice Loves Coco and have remained for all three seasons. I have continued my relationship with E! and have been commissioned to work on multiple shows. To date some of my clients include Saks.com, Team Ghost Recan, Patron Tequila, Bed Head, Hot Tools, Proctor and Gamble Hair Care, and H&M.
My inspirations are many, but most importantly I am inspired by the instant gratification of a great hair style. As I see it, when a person gets into my chair, they are a blank canvas. When they leave, they are complete.