Celebrity stylist Stacey Weinstein founded Loft 26 after perfecting her art for more than a decade at top New York salons and in the film and TV industry. Nominated for a daytime Emmy for her achievements in hair styling, Stacey is renowned for her work behind the camera making celebrities look their best. She is also no stranger to life in front of the camera, whether giving her expert comment as a trend-setting stylist or being captured by reality TV cameras while styling celebrities such as Bethenny Frankel.
Stacey trained and worked as a hair stylist at an elite Madison Avenue salon, where the celebrity clientele took notice of her precision cutting expertise, creativity, and cutting-edge style. Before long, Stacey was ready for a new challenge: the life of an entrepreneur. She founded the innovative Once Upon A Bride, an elite team of hair and makeup artists who travel to the bride on her wedding day and are there until she walks down the aisle.
Once Upon A Bride became tremendously successful, and it remains a key part of Stacey’s creative mission. As demand for her services grew, she opened Violet, a ladies-only speakeasy salon in Nolita. Violet’s popularity soared, and soon the cozy downtown space was filled with brides and ladies enjoying makeovers. It became clear that it was time to expand, so Stacey opened Loft 26 in the fashion hub of Chelsea, tripling her salon space. While continuing to serve her loyal female clientele from the Violet days, she expanded to include a barber to meet men’s grooming needs. The salon also became the home of Once Upon A Bride, making the Chelsea loft a one-stop shop for bridal hair and makeup and the full range of salon services, from haircuts through to coloring, blow-drying, hair extensions, and spray tanning.