ARTISTS: VICTORIA HUNTER AND LARRY RASPANTI
BRAND: WHITTEMORE HOUSE
SERVICES: Hair Painting Education
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Whittemore House's owners Victoria Hunter and Larry Raspanti created their modern signature technique of hair painting, a step above and beyond balayage. The former color directors of Bumble & bumble opened Whittemore House in the West Village with an emphasis on building lasting client relationships through innovative hair cutting and hair color in a relaxed and genuinely welcoming atmosphere. Always at the forefront of beauty evolution, the salon offers hair painting education classes both in-house and off–site throughout the year. They encourage and support their staff and hair industry to consistently evaluate and refine their techniques.
Victoria Hunter approaches hair color with the discerning eye of a fine artist. As a pioneer of the hair painting genre, Hunter studies every head of hair like a 3 Dimensional canvas – intuitively decided where to place the perfect pop of auburn or unexpected streak of dusty lavender. While in Hunter's chair, no creative vision is off limits. Over the course of her career, she has made a name for herself as the gold standard of hair color for countless models, cool girls, editors, stylists and celebrities and has become the go-to colorist for famed stylist Guido Palau.
Over the course of her career, Hunter has collaborated with some of the most iconic photographers of our time, including Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, Mert and Marcus, Inez and Vinoodh, David LaChapelle, and David Sims. Her work has been featured in countless editorials, including American Vogue, Italian Vogue, Numero, ELLE, W, i-D and Interview magazines, to name a few.
Hunter maintains an ardent passion for her signature hair painting method and continues to lead master classes on the technique around the world, including her main hub of Whittemore House Salon in New York. She believes there is no one “rule" to creating the perfect color, and instead works with stylists to develop an eye for color and tone, texture and style. As a result, the signature of Whittemore House—and of Hunter—is a bespoke look that is at once as effortless and seamless as it is unique.
Larry Raspanti has always questioned traditional assumptions about hair and the application of color, which led him to the art of hair painting. Over the years, Larry has developed this modern way of coloring hair, bringing it from its infancy to the elevated craft it is today. He is an authority on men's fashion and grooming, and is often seen collaborating backstage at fashion, music, and entertainment events. As a result, Larry has traveled the world extensively.
He approaches hair with the perspective of an architect, deconstructing its three dimensionality, which he expresses both in cut and color. His inherent design capabilities have influenced his highly intuitive cutting techniques. A natural entrepreneur, Larry opened Whittemore House with Victoria Hunter in 2009.
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