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A Cut Above

By Mimi Faucett Trahan

Photography by Jenn Duncan

02.25.19

Stylist, colorist and trendsetter David Armendariz of Studio A Salon is an expert at perfecting a polished look for both his clients and himself.

At his newly redesigned salon in Southampton, David Armendariz cuts, colors and styles some of the city’s most elite manes. He travels the world tracking trends—“Don’t do the lob, do the actual bob”—and trying out new, out-of-the-box salons and barbers, and has made a name for himself as one of Houston’s go-to stylists. Here, he shares the secrets to his own dapper look.

TOP IT OFF
“My favorite hats are from Goorin Bros. I found this one at their New Orleans shop on Magazine Street.”

CUTTING EDGE
“I like to try barbers and stylists abroad. One of my favorites while traveling was Compadres Barber’s Club in Madrid. At home, I trust my partner and love, Jesse Gudino, at Studio A Salon.” Men’s haircut, $45-$85

DRESS UP
“Patrick at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria is great for helping me find the best fits and styles. For shoes, my favorite designer is Gucci. Not only are they stylish, but also the wide fit makes them comfortable while I stand for 10 hours a day.” Jacket and dress shirt by Emporio Armani; slacks and Y-3 shoes by Gucci; all at Saks Fifth Avenue, in the Galleria.

HANDS ON
“Men also have to trim their cuticles! I’m lucky to be next to Southampton fave Mai’s Nail Perfection. Mai has such great humor, I always leave feeling good. Once, I spotted James Harden in her shop!” Men’s manicure, $18