Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille helped officially open Salon Bisoux on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Del Ray’s newest hairdresser.
The high-end salon located at 2709 Mount Vernon Ave. is owned and operated by Rosemont residents Philippe and Krista Depeyrot. The couple ended 18-year stints at Cristophe Salon in the District, Philippe as a stylist and Krista as a colorist, to open their own salon closer to home.
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The salon opened in early April and has already attracted the couple’s longtime customers from as far away as Bethesda, Md., and even the outskirts of Baltimore.
Philippe Depeyrot says the salon is part of the “incredible journey” he has experienced since moving to the United States from southwest France in the late 1980s.
“I knew two words of English, had $700 to my name and a pair of scissors in my pocket,” he said. “I was very lucky to meet this incredible woman.”
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Krista Depeyrot grew up in Alexandria and is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School. The couple now has three sons—Luke, Noah and Julian.
The Depeyrots said they aim to make the salon hip but accessible salon to Del Ray. They currently carry the luxury Kerastase brand of products but plan to introduce their own line of products in the summer.
Philippe Depeyrot said he hopes the salon becomes a hub for creativity in the neighborhood by showcasing artwork, jewelry and clothing from other artists.
“We’re going to use our craft, which is hair, and redirect people to other artists and entrepreneurs by showing their stuff in the salon,” he said.
The Depeyrots teamed with Alexandria’s other renowned French-American couple, Laurent and Margaret Janowsky of Del Ray Cafe, to craft a lunchtime menu available for salon patrons between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The selections include sandwiches, salads, soup, quiche and desserts with names such as “The Two Blondes,” “The Goldie Lox” and “The Bed Head.”
Coffee, tea and other drinks are also available at Salon Bisoux, which takes its name from the French word for kisses in an affectionate way.