Industry Insiders: Russel Manly, Lock and Load

Russell Manly, owner of Tommy Guns Salon, started out in the early ’90s with a small shop in Brighton, England, which he filled with five repurposed dentist chairs. “Straight away,” he says, “our salon looked different from any other.” By 1994, he had moved his business to London’s Soho neighborhood, opening the first TommyGuns there with an authentic, old fashioned aesthetic – leather upholstery, marble floors, and vintage lighting – and a team of talented stylists with a gift for creating unique looks for both men and women.

In 2008, Manly entered the U.S. market with a salon on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which, with its cinematic appeal, quickly became the favorite of such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone. “Back then, we were the only salon to offer wine and beer to clients, but now it’s the norm,” he says. “Eclectic music, good wine, and – most importantly – great haircuts have been our trademark ever since.” With a collective of stylists from other the world, and Russell at the helm, Tommy Guns continues to expand, with a new location opening soon in LA’s Ace Hotel.