It was literally a one-man operation.
‘No apprentices, no receptionist, not even an answering machine says owner Stavros Tavrou of the first day at Rakis. “If the phone rang mid-haircut I’d have to scoot over on my stool. I used to take the phone off the hook when I went out to get lunch just so people would think we were really busy…”
That was 1983. By 1984 Stavros was being invited to style U2.
Stavros says, “It was at their hotel room, with Bono leaning over the bathtub as we rinsed out his colour – it was a surreal moment.”
So what happened in between?
“We grew entirely by word-of-mouth,” says Stavros. “And I think it’s because we’ve always had a culture at Rakis where we really desire to exceed expectations – from the cut to the colour, to the entire Rakis experience. We’ve never taken our clients for granted.”
….we’ve always had a culture here where we really desire to exceed expectations – from the cut to the colour, to the entire Rakis experience. We’ve never taken our clients for granted.
The Rakis resume is eclectic, to say the least. In its 34-year history, they’ve amassed over 100 business and industry awards, a clientele that ranges from politicians to celebrities and appeared in dozens of magazines from Marie Claire to Vogue.
They’ve been recognised by readers of The Age for cutting the ‘best bobs’ in the biz, worked for shows as diverse as Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, Gucci, L’Oreal and Prada, as well as media work for OPA Magazine and The Weekly Review, Melbourne Fashion Festival and Oakley. They have styled for film and television, and created an eclectic range of looks for their diverse range of clients.
Constantly evolving and continually at the centre of style, Rakis has established itself as a destination salon. Located in the heart of Collins Street and now with a staff base in the double figures, come experience their exceptional service, attention to detail and vibrant atmosphere.