Uptown Chic with a Downtown Heart: Francky L’Official

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I’m a downtown girl at heart though I live in a borough. Put me on the Upper East Side and I feel like a fraud, a fish out of water. So, when I headed uptown for a Saturday appointment at Francky L’Official, I found myself disconcerted by the strollers, the well behaved pups, the street cleanliness and general lack of culture. But, I digress.

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Francky L’Official’s modern storefront.

Francky L’Official opened in the Fall of 2005, a collaboration between salon owner Henri Elfassy and the eponymous stylist and artistic director, who had built a phenomenally successful career as an editorial stylist in Paris. The salon space is divine – pristine and luxe without being intimidating, and comfortable thanks to the warm toned wood floors with rich chocolate furniture.

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Stylist and artistic director, Francky L’Official.

Francky himself is French, therefore quite charming and devastatingly handsome (mais oui.) Truth be told, I fell a tiny bit in love with his accent, gray accented hair and tight Diesel jeans (is that wrong? It feels so right.) When I sat in his chair, I felt confident that he’d give me a cut that I loved and thankfully, I was right. I left the salon a mere 45 minutes later with hair that had movement, life and body, a far cry from the disastrous self-trimmed ‘do that I had arrived with. Francky told me that he loves doing cuts that are a bit edgy or avant-garde, so if you’re up for a change, this may be the salon for you.

Francky on Madison is located at 1117 Madison Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets. For an appointment, call 212.628.7505.

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