Entrepreneur Ricky Walters opened his own part salon, part cocktail bar Salon64 in 2017 and already it has won numerous awards and is paving the way for not only salons, but businesses alike.
Leaving school at the age of 16 with no formal qualifications, Ricky Walters walked his high street looking for anyone who would hire him. After reading an advertisement for a local hair salon, he joined the team as an apprentice. Ricky quickly excelled, moved to London and began working in the salon of a five-star hotel.
Determined to achieve more, at the age of 21 and full of bravado, Ricky wrote a business plan and left it on the hotel manager’s desk, accompanied by a handwritten note reading, “I will fix your salon”. And he did. Ricky helped the salon partner with local shops and restaurants to drive traffic and before long business was booming and Ricky had been promoted to manager.
Ardent he could do more still, Ricky began raising investment for an entirely new concept. Part salon and part cocktail bar, as well as a comfortable place simply to pause and charge your phone or fix your makeup, Salon64 opened in Soho at the end of 2017.
Only 26 years old, Ricky has brought back the glamour of the original Parisian mansion house salons - where the hostess took an individualised approach to assisting aristocratic women with hair, makeup and dress in preparation for an evening out. Ricky realised this concept was needed now more than ever, but with a significant update to fit our 21st-century lifestyle.
Since launching, Ricky and Salon64 have been written about in the Evening Standard, Vogue, Tatler, Forbes and many more, and the business continues to grow and evolve alongside the needs of its customers.