Episode 9: We speak with Stacey Kutz, Barber extraordinaire. Stacey has worked with some incredibly cool cast and worked on some amazing projects. Stacey shares her career journey and we chat about what it takes to stand out above the rest..
Stacey Morris, who does business under the pseudonym Stacey Kutz, is oftentimes referred to as the “Stylist to the Stars”. Stacey spent most of her early youth in New York City, where she was born. As a child she lived an eventful and colorful life. In hind sight, the energies surrounding her then molded the path to her present career and sui generis position as a Barber-Stylist. For the last thirty plus years, Stacey has been an established Barber-Stylist based in Los Angeles, and caters to the demands of high profile clientele that span across the Music, sports, television and film industries worldwide. Her current status, although requiring considerable effort at times, has been extraordinarily exciting and rewarding.
Growing up, Stacey’s interests were shaped by her immediate surroundings. Stacey’s Maternal grandfather was a barber for more than sixty-seven years. He blazed a trail at the age of seventeen; opening the first barbershop to be both owned and operated by an African American in Gordon heights, Long island. In addition, her mother, was a successful model and fashion designer. Thus, Stacey was directly exposed to the extravagant world of high fashion. Stacey’s paternal grandfather, was a tailor, ironically “cutting” his way through life. Her late biological father was a progressive music producer/songwriter of many familiar song productions, and her stepfather, from her mothers early second marriage, was a record company executive at RCA, Solar and Warner Brothers records. All if these factors quickly acquainted Stacey with being in the company of A-list celebrities and instilled in her a natural eye for style.
Stacey’s process of discovery involved happy accidents and experimentation while cutting her brothers hair. These experiences revealed that the young Stacey had an irrefutable talent. Her art quickly blossomed as requests from many of the celebrities who frequented her household poured in. Soon, Stacey’s barbering skills had an unparalleled reputation! The result of a interrelated equation.
Stacey became the personal barber for familiar names like Kid-n-Play, Teddy Riley and Guy, New Edition, Doug E Fresh, Kwame, Mike Tyson, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. These professional relationships mushroomed into a even greater demand for her services. In addition to those previously listed, Stacey soon became the barber for other A-list clientele such as Heavy D, Puffy, Sean and Marlon Wayans, Jaimie Foxx, Riddick Bowe, The Roc, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade. Since then, Stacey’s demand and career has only continued to grow.
Stacey is a three time Emmy Award , two time Guild Award and a Critics Choice Award nominated stylist who is currently, the personal Barber-Stylist for Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Brian White, Columbus Short, Brandon T. Jackson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie and many more. She is also the barber-stylist for productions including, but not limited to, Americas Funniest Videos, Black-ish, and The Voice. Stacey Kutz is the inspirational linchpin among her circle of preferred barbers and peers in the industry. Yet, even with her demanding schedule, Stacey still also provides house calls, regular in-salon service, in a private setting, where many up coming & typical patrons intermingle & dot her weekly appointment calendar-all while proactively raising her three beautiful daughters!
Needless to say, establishing a following, gaining union accreditation and maintaining a responsible reputation was no simple feat, but Stacey’s perseverance and dedication to honing her craft has paid off in many ways. Her membership in I.A.T.S.E. (international Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Entertainers) and more specifically to MUAHS, the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, Local 706, where she also serves as a executive board member, attest to her full commitment and devotion. Stacey remains dedicated to excellence by shaping the perspectives of appearance, beyond the highest standards of fashion, trend and grooming.
Represented by Susan Wright of the Criterion Agency in Sherman Oaks California, vital energy and order are contributed to Stacey’s success. Stacey Kutz is truly a top-tier artisan.
KIT CORNER – Hands Down – Hand Refresher
For Kit Corner on Episode 9, we spoke with Makeup Artist Stephanie Fowler creator of Hands Down – Hand Refresher. Created by a Celebrity makeup artist with over 28 years of experience in editorial, film and television. Stephanie developed this formula while working with her clients and is excited to finally share it with you. Hands Down Hand Refresher offers a simple, clean and natural way to refresh your hands while on the go. Handmade in Los Angeles, California their products are specially designed to effectively disinfect and care for your hands.
OFFER EXPIRES: 6th July 2020