Stranded Summit October 19, 2014

Sctranded Summit 2014 Photo by Yvonne Tnt

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Stranded is a digital media outlet that creates editorial content around the voices of innovators in hair and beauty. We started Stranded to focus on the passionate artists we met backstage at photo shoots and during Fashion Week. NYC may be the fashion capital of the world, but it would be an ugly capital without the flurry of brushes and bristles that happens minutes before every runway show. At Stranded, these transformations are the real focus–not just of Fashion Week, but of every week. Straight from the artists that find and define the next frontier of the beauty industry.

On October 19th, 2014 Stranded will host our first annual Stranded Summit in New York City. Stranded Summit ’14 will be an intimate gathering of progressive hairstylists, who will mingle with industry leaders and enjoy some of the best education, food, and entertainment NYC has to offer.

Stranded Summit is creative, raw, original and uncensored. We have a broad range of renowned speakers who will lend their perspective on the process of becoming a more accomplished artist, the importance of building a brand and where they draw their inspiration from. We want stylists to realize their full potential.

Our all-star team of educators will perform one hour demonstrations for advanced styling, cutting techniques to the latest in hair color and best practices in editorial campaigns. StyleSeat CEO Melody McCloskey will host a 30 minute discussion on growing your business followed by a speaking panel with some of America’s most celebrated stylists. The day will conclude with a demonstration from Richard Mannah, Efi Davies and John-Paul Sherley-Price from label.m Professional Haircare.

We’ll offer complimentary breakfast and lunch from some of our favorite restaurants in New York City, high-speed Internet, and mobile phone charging stations. The day will end with a cocktail reception where some of our favorite DJ’s will be spinning. You’ll leave our summit with renewed creative energy and fresh ideas to keep your art—and your business—at the cutting edge.

Patrick Kritchever
Stranded Media


Richard Mannah Label.m Artistic Director

RICHARD MANNAH – International Artistic Director label.m USA

Awarded ‘London Hairdresser of the Year 2011/2012’ at the British Hairdressing Awards, the highest accolade any hairdresser can achieve, Richard Mannah, esteemed International Artistic Director for label.m has a wealth of industry experience, having begun his hairdressing career with the group in Australia in 1996.

With his natural flair, Richard has progressed from a salon assistant, to the highest industry level of International Artistic Director and is one of the most popular members of the International Artistic Team.
Based at the renowned London Academy for 11 years, Richard became Academy Manager before moving to New York in 2013 to work with professional haircare brand label.m. Richard has set up and opened the first label.m academy in the heart of New York City.

Richard is an educator across all courses and levels with his charismatic personality, creative ability and enthusiastic teaching manner, Richard provides an abundance of inspiration to both aspiring young and experienced talent.

Particularly known for his impeccable on-stage compere work, Richard is a popular global request for big industry shows and seminars representing the brand globally.

Amongst Richard’s extensive international work, he is a key member of the London Session Team. As a long hair specialist, Richard consistently works on major fashion events. Richard flies to London numerous times throughout the year to head multiple shows for both the A/W and S/S seasons at London Fashion Week. Last season saw Richard collaborate with esteemed designers, such as Giles Deacon, Todd Lynn, Betty Jackson, Mathew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood amongst others.

Richard has made numerous television appearances and styled models for UK TV show GMTV (now Daybreak). Richard’s incredible work has been published in numerous publications such as British Vogue, Elle, Company, Grazia, Creative Head and The Journal. Richard continues to work on all major brand campaigns and photo shoots for the group.

Richard was also a member of the renowned Australian F.A.M.E. Team for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. Richard has been recognised for his high caliber of hairdressing and has taken out the title ‘Newcomer of the Year’ twice, in 1999 and 2000. Richard was awarded the very prestigious accolade of ‘Australian Master’ at the 2009 Australian Hair Fashion Awards.

You can follow Richard Mannah on Instagram


SEAN GALLAGHER – Stranded Summit Creative Director

With an inherent eye for beauty and his willingness to explore new styles, Sean Gallagher has made himself a creative force in the world of hair color and design for over 20 years.

Gallagher’s work has appeared on the runways of today’s most fashion-forward designers such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Badgley Mischka, and Ralph Rucci. His sought-after work has been seen in a range of publications including Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Allure, Nylon, W, Spin Blackbook and Premier, as well as many online publications. Sean has styled the locks of Rosario Dawson, Mira Sorvino, Jaime Pressley, Audrina Patridge, as well as top fashion models Gisele Bündchen, Frankie Ryder, Caran Elsea, and Adriana Lima.

Sean’s philosophy to hair is similar to the way a fashion designer constructs a dress, from fabric to design. In the same way, Sean personally and cautiously chooses the colors that will compliment his haircuts. Sean Gallagher is available for appointments at Serge Normant Salon.

You can follow Sean Gallagher on Twitter and Instagram

Aura Freidman Color Director

AURA FRIEDMAN – Creative Color Director

When working with color, Aura Friedman?s attention to detail is what sets her apart from other colorists. Whether evaluating a client at the salon or on-set, she considers everything about the person, from eye color to skin tone to brow shades and personal style. This allows her to create the simple elegance she has become known for.

Aura was born in Israel and grew up in San Diego, California. She moved to Miami Beach, Florida where her hair coloring skills really began to shine. When Allure magazine listed her as the best colorist of Miami Beach, she knew it was time to follow her dreams and move to New York to begin working on fashion and celebrity editorial and runway projects.

In order to keep up with the latest trends, Aura is constantly working on new ideas and creative concepts. Her inspiration comes from everyday experiences such as haute couture, film, and art. Aura is not only just known for her natural eye and creativity for hair coloring, but for her ability to speak about her craft. Aura has worked with Bumble and bumble to speak with beauty editors about hair color trends for 2010 and she is currently the spokesperson for Wella Haircare brands in the US.

Since joining Sally Hershberger Downtown, Aura’s celebrity clientele has been growing rapidly, and some of her clients include; Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, M.I.A, Carolyn Murphy, Sophie Dahl, SantiGold, Caroline Palacheck, Sky Ferreira, Ashley Smith and Aline Weber. She is also known for her artistic ability to color wigs and paint hair wefts. Her talents have been heavily utilized and Aura has worked on many shows, most notably, with designer Peter Som for New York Fashion Week.

You can follow Aura Friedman on Twitter and Instagram

Alexandra Matiz Muze Salon

ALEXANDRA MATIZ – Muze Salon Co-Owner and Master Colorist & Stylist

Alexandra Matiz has been a revolutionary colorist and stylist for over 20 years. Throughout her career she has trained in Europe and the United States and has spent over 15 years working as a Top Artist and Core Team member for Wella professionals. She currently teaches her own classes at the NYC and LA studios for Wella and is constantly in high demand to work the runways of multiple fashion shows, fashion week, and magazine photo shoots.

Alexandra’s celebrity clientelle list ranges from Cindy Crawford and Penelope Cruz, to Svetlana Hodchenkova and Mitch Malloy. She is currently on tour in the USA as a Top Artist for Wella, Oribe Alteliers, & Future Vision Unplugged as a platform artist. Most recently, she was featured in a 4 page spread in Elle Magazine and has previously been featured in Glamour and Modern Salon magazines. You can book at appointment with Alexandra at Muze Salon.

You can follow Alexandra Matiz on Twitter and Instagram


We will be updating this page with additional presenters in the coming weeks. Check back soon!

Melody McCloskey StyleSeat CEO


Melody McCloskey is co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, an online marketplace for beauty and wellness services. Melody will be teaching a one-hour class on growing your salon business.

Melody will lend her expertise on how to become a more efficient hair salon using technology, how to maximize revenue, increase retail product sales and point out the key performance indicators that salons should pay attention to. Later that day, she will be moderating a panel discussion titled “The Business of Beauty”.

Launched in 2011, StyleSeat has over 200,000 beauty professionals using its platform. With over 3 million users, StyleSeat has booked over $500 million in appointments for customers.

In January the company has raised an additional $10.2 million in investment, bringing its total to $14 million. Melody recently sat down with Bloomberg. You can catch her video interview here.

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8:00am – 8:30am: Electronic Check-in Powered by Fashion GPS
8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast
9:30am – 9:45am: Welcome Remarks by Stranded CEO
9:45am – 10:00am: Keynote Presentation by Special Guest (TBD)
10:00am – 11:00am: Artist Demonstration by Creative Director Sean Gallagher
11:00am – 11:15am: Networking Coffee Break
11:15am – 12:00pm: Growing Your Business w/ StyleSeat CEO, Melody McCloskey
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Artist Demonstration by Colorist/Stylist Alexandra Matiz
2:00pm – 2:30pm: Panel Discussion: The Business of Beauty
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Artist Demonstration by Celebrity Colorist Aura Friedman
3:30pm – 3:45:pm: Networking Coffee Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm: Artist Demonstration by label.m Professional Haircare
4:45pm – 5:00pm: Closing Remarks for Day 1
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Reception with DJ
8:00pm – 11:00pm: VIP Reception Offsite


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About Modern Salon Magazine
Modern Salon Media is the official media partner for Stranded Summit ’14. The Salon industry’s head-to-toe-beauty resource, Modern Salon will be onsite gathering coverage as well as hosting the Modern Salon VIP Lounge for special guests.


About Fashion GPS
Fashion GPS, the world leader in fashion technology has come on as an official event partner for Stranded Summit 14. Since 2006, Fashion GPS has been designing digital solutions to connect the global fashion industry. Their enterprise suite of products including support the world’s top brands, delivering innovative products that more efficiently power their businesses while creating platforms to bring together designers, editors, buyers and other key influencers in this perpetually evolving marketplace. This year’s event will use GPS Events for it’s guest management including managing guest lists, RSVPS and on-site event check-in. GPS’ leading events platform has become the industry standard for event organization.


About Invisi-Tab Hair Extensions
Invisi-Tab 100% virgin European Hair Extensions are considered the finest in the global professional hair industry. The highest-possible quality available (steps above traditional Remi hair,) luxurious Invisi-Tab Extensions are more comfortable, softer, shinier, smoother, and hold styles longer and more flexibly than pre-colored or processed extensions. More easily and reliably colored or processed, they are up to 70% faster to apply, saving both stylists and clients substantial salon service time. Invisi-Tab Hair Extensions even feature an exclusive surgical adhesive / keratin-backed bonding method that merges seamlessly with a client’s own hair without damaging it. Extensions can be reused up to 3 times and last up to three months.

These exceptional extensions are favored by beauty editors, leading editorial, film, fashion and celebrity stylists and their clients, and are available in 14 natural colors and 7 different piano tab combinations, in 12”, 14”, 16” and 18” lengths.

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Purchase Tickets!

Registration Fee: $300
– One ticket for Stranded Summit
– Access to our VIP Reception that evening
– Includes breakfast, lunch and beverages
– Complimentary WIFI, mobile charging stations

Space is limited! Tickets are non-refundable. You may transfer to a new attendee by contacting us.

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