Oribe co-founders Daniel Kaner and Tev Finger muse about the iconic brand’s performance, its philosophy on education and bad fashion choices.
Daniel Kaner: Do you remember when we ﬁrst met? Tev Finger: You came in to interview for a marketing position at Bumble and bumble. Johnny Sharp [Oribe CFO] was also in the room, and we immediately knew you were a guy we wanted to work with. DK: What do you think is the most important aspect of salon education? TF: Tapping into stylists’ fears and showing them that they can conquer whatever these fears may be. I believe that inspiration is more important than all the technical stuff. DK: I think showing different perspectives is really important. There’s no right or wrong. One of our main educational initiatives in 2012 creates a form of education that really highlights different points of view through small workshops with top stylists. It’s been so successful—I’ve never seen people more excited about education than I have in these classes. TF: Daniel, you’re always on the road. How many salons have you visited in the past year? DK: Close to 600! It sounds exhausting, but visiting salons is one of the best parts of my job. DK: What three items can’t you live without? TF: My iPad 3, my iPhone and my iWife. (I just got married!) TF: Why do you think session stylists love Oribe products?
Daniel Kaner and Tev Finger
DK: The products really perform. It’s a testament to Oribe himself that his peers are using the products he helped develop on sets. DK: Style faux pas you regret most from your past? TF: Boxy suits and square shoes…yuck! DK: I don’t think I have any. TF: Daniel, that’s not true. Don’t you remember the faded jeans you used to wear? TF: What do you think makes our partnership work so well? DK: We’re completely different people, but we’re very similar in our philosophies and our ideas about doing business. You keep things moving, while I’m a little sloweracting and more micro in thought. We’re like someone with a split personality. You complete me. TF: I agree. You’re the yin to my yang. —As told to Tracy Morin
Image: courtesy of Oribe Hair Care
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