Two years ago, Steven Blick left Captains of Industry to set up his own unique hair salon, Herr Blick up the Paris end of Collins Street. Now, Herr Blick has opened a new beauty therapy salon and day spa just next door, aptly named Frau Blick.
Like Herr, Frau Blick is hidden away in an unassuming corner of an art deco building, a few doors down from the offices of dentists, solicitors and marriage counsellors.
Formerly a naturopath's office, the stunning parquetry floors remain, but the room has been stylishly revamped by Danish furniture specialists, Grandfather's Axe.
The interiors are warmly lit with industrial lamps and feature teak wood furnishings, cane screens and lush ferns. Posters of flora from Galerie Montmartre adorn the walls and taxidermy birds greet you on entry. The centrepiece of the room is an old-fashioned standalone bathtub.
The Frau is Kate Mackenzie-Forbes, a veteran beauty therapist who cut her teeth working for the luxury day spas and the Chelsea Football Club in London before she spent five years running her own successful beauty therapy business in Fitzroy North.
A few years ago, she met Blick through his wife, jewellery designer Tessa Blazey, who was a long-term client and suggested the pair go into business together.
Along with facials, Mackenzie-Forbes also offers massage, skincare treatments, manicures and pedicures, tanning, tinting and waxing, and soon body treatments. Frau Blick uses the Uspa facial botanicals range made in Brighton and Kester Black polishes.
Having been open only a month, Frau Blick is sure to gain loyal following among the nine-to-fivers up the Paris end of town, as it already has among Herr’s hip clientele.
No matter how flustered you are when you arrive, a 45-minute facial from Mackenzie-Forbes will leave you feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city below.
Suite 13, First Floor, 12 Collins Street Melbourne
(03) 9939 0181
Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm
(late services available on Thursdays)