News added 01/02/18: Award-winning hairdresser and art director Adam Bryant is now joining the brand as academy director – bravo to Rush on a great decision. We love Adam’s gentle soul, his fine-tuned artistic eye (check his Instagram @adam_m_bryant), and gorgeous photographic portfolio of work. For the move, he’s saying goodbye to one of his best pals, Sharon Peake, after many years with her building the Ethos Hairdressing brand in Manchester to become a superb salon group with a stable of magnificent stylists and colourists.
In London with Rush, Adam is tasked with putting the Rush Academy on the map. Working alongside Rush Co-Founder and CEO, Stell Andrew and the Rush Artistic Team, Adam will put his well-honed skills to good use in his new role. Having previously worked with one of the UK’S leading salon groups as an educator and international show director, Adam then went freelance, represented by renowned agencies Streeters in London and Art Department in New York. Spending his time between London and New York as a session stylist, Adam was called upon by many of the fashion industries leading names including Vogue, Italian Vogue, Dazed and Confused, POP, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, DKNY and Burberry.
Returning to the UK, Adam moved to Manchester where he worked both as a freelance Art Director and Creative Director for Ethos Hairdressing, one of the city’s most influential salons. “I’m delighted to join Rush,” said Adam. “To be instrumental in developing the new Rush Academy is a dream role. I have always admired their work and to be part of this exciting creative team and be able to grow and develop my role within Rush is one I’m very much looking forward to.”
Rush Co–Founder and CEO Stell Andrew added, “We are looking forward to welcoming Adam to Rush. I see his role as one that will continue to evolve as Rush continues to progress. His knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to us in helping to put the new Rush Academy on the map.”
News added 07/12/17: If you couldn’t make it to the 2017 RUSH Live show never fear! We’ve managed to get our hands on this minute-long teaser trailer that gives you a real flavour for the creativity and flare laid down by this ever-expanding salon group… And note the mesmerising luminescent work by Seung Ki Baek… It’s mega! Check the full collection HERE:
News added 30/10/17: R U S H L I V E
Held at the Salon Live theatre over the Salon International weekend, RUSH Hair presented their 7th RUSH Live event which as well as showcasing the brand’s inspiring hair work also helps to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). It’s a real feel-good event.
Guests were welcomed by Stell Andrews, co-founder and joint CEO of RUSH, who was then joined by International Creative Director, Andy Heasman and International Colour Director, Chris Williams to unveil the new hotly-anticipated RUSH Academy to the audience. “Creativity is in our DNA,” said Andy, “and at the new RUSH Academy we plan to educate, motivate and inspire everyone who attends and to take them on a journey that will develop their skills and creativity.” Nice sentiments, guys – we can’t wait to come down and visit!
The show then went on to feature key players in the RUSH Hair & Beauty arsenal and was chockablock with content that we can only pick our highlights! MJ from the Artistic Team shared looks from his geometrics presentation that first debuted at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy earlier this year. The RUSH Colour Team demonstrated their ‘Tom Boy’ colour palate, tapping into the current trend for androgyne with soft browns and muted pastel and peach tones. Trend alert! Seung ki Baek, RUSH Artistic Team member and finalist for Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, took to the stage to present his mesmerising glow-in-the-dark Luminescent collection. SEE IT IN FULL HERE: Then Editorial Director Tina Farey led the session team in a presentation of the new Lost Rebels collection – a finalist at this year’s British Hairdressing Awards for the Artistic Team. We’ve loved watching this brand go from strength to strength, and applaud their beautifully produced collections, precision stage-work and a focus on education. Bravo team RUSH!
News added 25/01/17: A rip-roaring night at the annual Rush Oscars awards event has us all fired up about the future of British Hairdressing. Taking over the central London Savoy theatre for a ‘proper’ ceremony of speeches and presentations, the 85-salon strong group has plenty to celebrate. Top of the night was the announcement from founders Stell Andrew and Andy Phouli that Rush has secured funding of some £16million to drive expansion plans in the next four years; the list of projects including doubling the number of salons to 170 and opening the academy in London’s Covent Garden later this year.
Keeping to the financial theme, Rush’s Tina Farey and Paola Pinto then took centre stage to present a cheque to Great Ormond Street Hospital for a thoroughly respectable figure of £14,800 (raised by company salons to take total fundraising by Rush for GOSH to £120,000 in seven years. Love it!
Awards were rolled out to salons and individual before an after party at Tiger Tiger Haymarket. A full on night indeed.
News added 17/11/16: Yikes! Rush announces it will be opening its first academy in 2017, based in London’s Covent Garden, and open to all comers, from fledgling hairdressers to accomplished stylists and colourists hungry for more knowledge. Headed up by the top team of international artistic director Andy Heasman, international colour director Chris Williams, and editorial director Tina Farey, this is some proposition, and the programme ranges from 1-day to 6-month courses. Rush co-founders, Andy Phouli and Stell Andrew, “When we opened our first Rush salon, we dreamed of opening a training academy to share with other hairdressers our passion, ideas, inspiration and philosophy. Our dream has now become a reality…”
News added 04/02/16: Big up to a couple of swells! Stell Andrew, one of the founders of the Rush group 21 years ago, decided end of last year was the right time to hand over the role of International Creative Director to Andy Heasman, who has been with the group more than 15 years. At the company annual awards last week, the nearly 2000 strong crowd of Rush employees were on their feet to applaud Stell and Andy as they took a bow together. Rush now numbers more than 75 salons (including Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol) in the UK with ambitions in Europe looking to be realized later this year. They’ll be on stage at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy this Summer, and opening an academy in London’s Covent Garden, too.
During the Rush ‘Oscars’ night, Andy handed over a massive cheque to Lauren Ellis from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children’s Charity. Rush have been part of the HAIRaising charity fundraising for the children’s hospital for 5 years and have raised over £120,000.
Oh, and for the winners? Rush One New Change picked up London salon of the year, with Rush Canterbury taking Eastern salon of the year, Western going to Watford, and Southern to Crawley. Congrats all round.