When Isabelle Goetz was still a child in France, the salon that now bears her name was already a Washington institution. For more than four decades, the M Street address has housed salons of distinction where the city’s most sought-after stylists serve its most fashionable citizens. Today at Isabelle’s Okyo Salon, Isabelle honors that tradition as she reinvents it, with the energy and artistry that are her trademarks.
Raised in the town of Belfort near the French-German border, Isabelle began cutting hair at age 15. “From my hometown, just going to Paris was a big trip,” she says. But her talent and ambition took her to the Paris Hair Show, where she caught the attention of a noted American salon owner. He recruited Isabelle to come to work in his Washington, D.C., salon; at 21, she moved to the United States, which she has claimed as her second home.
Over the next decade and a half, Isabelle worked with some of the industry’s top talents. Passionate about her craft and attuned to her clients, Isabelle earned a loyal following among political, media and society figures including Senator John Kerry, ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman and Queen Rania of Jordan. In 1999, Isabelle began working with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton; Secretary of State Clinton remains a client today. In 2010, Women’s Wear Daily dubbed Isabelle “Washington’s leading celebrity stylist.”
In summer 2010, Isabelle realized her longtime dream of buying her own shop. Putting her stamp on this Georgetown landmark meant giving it her name, refreshing the décor and adding new talent to the veteran staff. Now at Isabelle’s Okyo Salon, “We feel like we have it all,” she says. “A fantastic team of people who are passionate about their work, a great location -– and incredible clients!”