Man behind the brand
Andy Smith, Director & CEO
The inspiration and passion for the HAIRSLYDZ® Community comes from London superstylist Andy Smith – with over 20 years of hairstyling expertise he knows a thing or two about style and fashion. Andy is a Global Ambassador and Creative Director of Hair. He is renowned for his editorial fashion looks and creativity, which take him around the world to runway shows, shoots for magazines such as Vogue, international movie sets and advertising campaigns.
Spotting market trends and fashion moves comes as second nature to Andy and recently he recognised a sizeable hole in the market for a diverse range of quality hair accessories, which became the birth of HAIRSLYDZ®, the new and innovative way to #tagyourhair that allows you the opportunity to express yourself through your hair.
Andy, a total perfectionist, was fed up with constantly searching the internet for cool, on-trend, well-made hair accessories that worked for his clients. He was looking for quality but found only quantity. He wanted products that deliver in looks and longevity – not dated headbands that fall off; grips that fail, slides that don’t sit flush to the head and slip down and scrunchies that are too small to hold a pony which let down both you and your hair. So Andy decided to create his own – he stripped the classics back to basics. Then the reinvention -beautifully -crafted, functional and cool, desirable and diverse – HAIRSLYDZ®.
The Creative Team
Danny Lowe, Photographer & Creative Visual Director:
Born in North Yorkshire, Danny Lowe is currently based in London where he has dedicated his working career to full-time photography. Working between both studio and location, Danny showcases a dynamic portrayal of high energy and playful imagery to gripping portraits. He has experience shooting all over the world including locations in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Jamaica & Tel Aviv and he prides himself as an adaptable creative.
Danny joined the Hairslydz team in the summer of 2020 as Creative Artistic Director and he is responsible for creative styling, location choice and photography for the brand launch photoshoot. Danny will be actively involved in putting together at least two seasonal photoshoots for the Hairslydz® brand each year, as the product range expands.
Examples of Danny’s work may be seen at @DannyLowe__
AbbeyJarrold, Hair Stylist:
Based in London, Abbey has worked alongside Andy travelling the world assisting on global campaigns for over 7 years. Now an ambassador for a global brand herself she enjoys working on photoshoots and catwalks as well as her salon work.
As a freelance hairdresser she’s taken the time to set up her own salon ‘Abigail Jarrold Hair Boutique’ in Surrey where she specialises in colour. To check out more follow @abbey_jarrold
Patrick Clarke, Videographer:
Patrick Clarke is a writer, actor and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years experience in the film industry. Patrick is the director of Media Content for Bright Link Ventures (UK) focusing on all aspects of film production, (corporate, commercial, music video,documentary and feature film). Projects of note include 'ONE' performed by Dire Straits, John illsley and Paul Brady, ‘The New Theatre’ a documentary about one of Dublin’s most inspirational theatre venues, released on Arts & Education platforms across the United States and the period feature thriller 'ANTON' which was nominated for three Irish Academy Awards.
Andrea Gomez Anzola, Make-Up Artist:
Originally from Venezuela, now based in London, Andrea is an International make-up artist working across the fashion, beauty and entertainment industry. Her work has been published in magazines such as Vogue, Esquire, Hunger, The Face, Dazed and POP. Amongst Andrea’s glowing list of celebrities and brands are Zoe Kravitz, Cartier, Anais Gallagher, Nike, Selfridges, Jessica Barden, Adidas and Sotheby’s. Each year Andrea works in the biggest fashion week shows in London, Milan and Paris, for global brands including Gucci, McQueen, Margiela, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Ralph & Russo, Valentino and Burberry. For more, see @AndreaGomezAnzola
Lesley Jennison, Photoshoot Planning:
Lesley began her career in the late eighties at Vidal Sassoon in London, where she spent the first 18 years honing her craft to become the unsurpassed colourist she is today. She now spends her time travelling the globe working on shows, advertising events, seminars and education as the Global Colour Ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional. Lesley’s radical vision and flair for colour has kept her inspired to be at the very top of her game. She has worked with designers and celebrity clients around the world and enjoys the few days a month she has in London to be based at Billi Currie in Chiltern St. Over the years, Lesley has coloured hair for shows with Raf Simmons… McQueen… John Richmond, as well as being responsible for the development of new colouring products and beauty and fashion commercials. Take a look at @LesleyJennison
Clare Frith, Fashion Stylist:
Clare Frith, a born and bred Londoner, is a UK based fashion stylist who has been dressing the biggest and best since the 90’s (just ask herabout when she met Prince). As you can imagine, her experience has afforded her working on a diverse range of assignments - including advertising campaigns,TV, live shows, music promos, red carpet and photographic shoots.
Clare loves collaborating with clients on their concepts and creative ideas to develop and bring those ideas to life. More of Clare’s work can be seen at www.clarefrith.com/
The Back Office Team
Phil Smith, Director & Head of Operations:
With over 25 years of senior management and corporate mainboard experience (as well as being Andy’s Dad) Phil Smith was the ideal person to oversee the back office, finance and supply chain elements of the Hairslydz®business. A former Managing Director, Chief Executive and Chairman in several different multi-national entities, Phil brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. More recently running his own management consulting business, Phil is very proud that the father and son relationship between him and Andy is truly flourishing as a result of this collaboration.
Carmel Huddleston, Accounts Supervisor:
Carmel is a MAAT-qualified bookkeeper with over 13 years experience in a number of finance and accounting roles across many business types. She is married, with 3 grown-up children, and enjoys walking and socialising with husband and friends – especially with a G&T at the end of the week!
Any Hairslydz® accounting queries can be handled by Carmel at firstname.lastname@example.org