Intercoiffure Mondial organised a spectacular summer event in Saint-Tropez with a varied program and get-together over two days.
What better place for Intercoiffure Mondial to organize a spectacular summer event than Saint-Tropez? The two-day program was so much more than just a get-together. Participants enjoyed the festive Chevalerie Award Ceremony, a private party on Moorea Beach, an exclusive «Soirée Blanche» at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard with three international hair fashion shows and many sneak previews of future projects. All in all, there were over 400 Intercoiffure members and beauty experts from 17 countries.
Intercoiffure Mondial President Peter F. Pfister joined industry partners L’Oréal, Aderans, Oribe, Goldwell, Milbon, GW-Cosmetics, Graham Hill, Wella and new partners Hairfax and Oba to welcome friends from six ICD Regions: Oceania, Asia, Europe, Nordic, North and Latin America. Leading hairdressers from 17 countries and managers from the professional haircare industry met for an innovative and creative exchange. “We stand for ‘The world’s leading hairdressers’ with our craftsmanship. That means our expertise as women’s AND men’s hairdressers.” said Peter F. Pfister. «Intercoiffure has almost 2000 members worldwide and we are constantly growing. What makes us unique is the international exchange among friends and the mutual support in business. We love people, we pamper them and we beautify them in our salons. This respectful approach is also reflected in our organization. We are all united by the language of hair – regardless of political situations”.
Celebrating the present and future
Chevalerie Award Ceremony
One afternoon was dedicated to honoring award winners, who are wholeheartedly committed to Intercoiffure Mondial. Christian Rupprecht-Essig hosted the program and Chancellor June Wilde from Australia presented the prestigious medals together with her Chevalerie Council. The highest honor, the Grand Cross, went to ICD Mondial Treasurer Martin Peterer from Switzerland and to co-founder and long-time President of ICD Spain Luis Romero. Sheila Wilson, President of ICD America/Canada, accepted the award for «Section of the Year».
One of the most emotional moments was the presentation of the Award of Honour to Otto Sommer. Sommer connected via video from Zurich to Saint-Tropez for the occasion. Since 1963, Sommer has dedicated all his energy and vigor to the organization. He also co-founded the junior grouping Fondation Guillaume and experienced 60 years of overlapping global friendships in “his” Intercoiffure family.
Having recognized such deserving leaders, attention was turned to future plans. For example, one project close to the heart of Peter F. Pfister and his Vice President Frank Gambuzza is the “Intercoiffure MasterBarber” concept. “We want to give men’s hairdressers a new level of quality and professionalism. In this way we can establish ourselves as a quality alternative to cheap men’s salons,” explained Pfister. The MasterBarber team of Frank Gambuzza, Sebastian Pfister and Holger Maas will share their professional knowledge through seminars to be held at the House of Nations in Paris. In addition, MasterBarbers will travel to all countries to promote the program. During their travels they will invite new Intercoiffure hairdressers to become part of this project. Another part of this initiative is the “Intercoiffure MasterBarber Conference” set to take place in New York in March 2024.
Joakim Roos from Sweden, Chairman of the World Academy, presented Intercoiffure Mondial’s new training program. “I want to grow with all our members to give back education to our network and strengthen it,” explained Roos. Intercoiffure educators provide training in techniques related to cutting, coloring, texture, styling, fashion, business in relevant courses such as MasterBarber, FashionStar, ColourStar, StylingStar, MovementStar, as well as the EntreCoiffeurShip business seminar. The content is available live or with the “getHair” learning app.
«Soirée Blanche» with spectacular shows
The grand finale of the Intercoiffure Mondial summer event was the “Soirée Blanche” at the beautiful Domaine
Bertaud Belieu winery, hosted by Intercoiffure France. The atmosphere was magical and full of positive energy. Intercoiffure professionals from all over the world exchanged ideas, celebrated, glowed in the evening sun. making the evening very special with their enthusiasm.
An open-air stage provided the backdrop for three great shows – featuring the junior hairdressers of the
Fondation Guillaume, the fashion team of Intercoiffure Japan and Christophe Nicolas Biot for Intercoiffure France.
Last but not least!
To top things off, there was a preview of a mega event: the 2025 World Congress in Germany to celebrate Intercoiffure Mondial’s 100th birthday in Hamburg. “Intercoiffure was founded on 14 April 1925 in the Guild of Craftsmen of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg,” explains Markus Herrmann, Vice-President of Intercoiffure Mondial and President of Intercoiffure Germany. “We will do everything we can to make it an unforgettable experience – a world congress that creatively combines fashion and hair art, tradition and modernity. We want to surprise our international Intercoiffure friends. Put the date of 31 May to 3 June 2025 in your diaries now.”
Intercoiffure President Peter F. Pfister is enthusiastic. “To survive 100 years as the professional association of the world’s leading hairdressers means that our community has overcome many difficulties. This is a testament to the strong solidarity of our members. I am looking forward to our 23rd World Congress in Hamburg. Please register now!”
All information will be provided very soon and will be available online.