Turning Heads

Turning Heads

September 25, 2019 by Maile Pingel

There's little that flusters husbands Ted Gibson and Jason Backe. In fact, the longtime New Yorkers have settled so naturally into the L.A. groove that the interview for this story took place as Backe was calmly handling a plumbing emergency and Gibson was crossing town to Priyanka Chopra's. Both were cool as could be and as funny as they are talented. The couple met in Minneapolis, Minn., when Gibson was Backe's teacher at the Aveda Institute. It was a classic case of opposites attract. At the time, Gibson was a bodybuilder in the Gay Games and Backe was something of a club kid. “I'd see him in the hall and think, ‘Who's that freak?'” jokes Gibson. “He even walked out of my class twice!” Today, neither one can remember who asked whom out first, but they've been together ever since. For the last 20 years, the couple has been at the epicenter of New York's fashion scene, managing three salons across the United States and traveling the world for editorial shoots and red carpets—all the places clients Lupita Nyong'o, Anne Hathaway (“I cut those bangs for The Devil Wears Prada!” says Gibson), Angelina Jolie and Rachel Brosnahan take them. “We had a great life, but we got bored,” says Backe. So they closed up shop in 2016 (it made industry headlines) and did a little introspection—with an eye on L.A. “This is a place where creatives can really be creatives,” says Gibson. “You tell New Yorkers about a dream and they'll say it's too hard, too expensive. You tell an Angeleno and they say, ‘Do it, that's













Turning Heads

September 25, 2019 by Maile Pingel

There's little that flusters husbands Ted Gibson and Jason Backe. In fact, the longtime New Yorkers have settled so naturally into the L.A. groove that the interview for this story took place as Backe was calmly handling a plumbing emergency and Gibson was crossing town to Priyanka Chopra's. Both were cool as could be and as funny as they are talented. The couple met in Minneapolis, Minn., when Gibson was Backe's teacher at the Aveda Institute. It was a classic case of opposites attract. At the time, Gibson was a bodybuilder in the Gay Games and Backe was something of a club kid. “I'd see him in the hall and think, ‘Who's that freak?'” jokes Gibson. “He even walked out of my class twice!” Today, neither one can remember who asked whom out first, but they've been together ever since. For the last 20 years, the couple has been at the epicenter of New York's fashion scene, managing three salons across the United States and traveling the world for editorial shoots and red carpets—all the places clients Lupita Nyong'o, Anne Hathaway (“I cut those bangs for The Devil Wears Prada!” says Gibson), Angelina Jolie and Rachel Brosnahan take them. “We had a great life, but we got bored,” says Backe. So they closed up shop in 2016 (it made industry headlines) and did a little introspection—with an eye on L.A. “This is a place where creatives can really be creatives,” says Gibson. “You tell New Yorkers about a dream and they'll say it's too hard, too expensive. You tell an Angeleno and they say, ‘Do it, that's