Choose Beauty: Angus Mitchell
|Angus' Surpise Secrets|
Pimping Cars: âIâm a frustrated mechanic. I collect cars, and if I hear one odd noise, Iâve gottaâ get it fixed. Iâm on car websites so much my wife calls it âcar porn.ââ
Guilty Pleasure: Interior design. âIâm always tearing out magazine pages of furniture.â
Heartfelt Cause: The Art of Elysium, which encourages artists to give their time and talent to children with serious illnesses.
Would love a week alone with: âMy Dad.â
Angus Mitchellâs latest dictum: âFor a world
without conflict, you must have communication.â
Letâs get right to the misconceptions:
Angus Mitchell, the only
child of hair care mogul Paul
Mitchell, wasnât born rich or spoiled.
âPeople think Iâm a good-time Charlie,
but I work 15 hours a day,â says Mitchell
of the many false impressions about
him. âI grew up in a two-bedroom apartment
in Manhattan, with my mother,
uncle and grandmother. My dadâs first
line, called PM, failed, and he lost a lot
Still, salons were in Mitchellâs blood. As a child, heâd played in his fatherâs Superhair salon: its curved walls, created to prevent hair from gathering in corners, were perfect for toy-truck racing. He says he never realized he was surrounded by celebrities (Raquel Welch, Barbara Walters), nor did he know his mother, the first Asian model to grace the cover of Harperâs Bazaar, was famous herself.
When the family moved to Hawaii, Mitchell helped plant Awapui plants in the hot sun. It was only when Mitchell was 13 that Paul Mitchellâs eponymous hair care line finally took off.
âI never took money for granted, and wasnât the most popular guy in high school,â says Mitchell. âI became popular because I acted in plays. I wanted to become an actor but after a year of college, realized I needed something to fall back on.â
This sparks a recollection that his father, too, had the acting bug, but also had been advised to try a craft. Good thing both Mitchells listened, as the whole world became their stage.
The Son Also Rises
To prove he could make it on his own, Mitchell attended Vidal Sassoonâs Los Angeles school. âPeople assumed hairdressing would come to me naturally, but it didnâtâimagine being Paul Mitchellâs son at a Sassoon school,â he deadpans.
Having survived the pressure, he learned fast that âNo job is too big and no job is too smallâdetails matter.â Those details set apart his own work, he says; its refinement comes from looking at art and pushing his eye.
As will happen, destiny eventually called, and Mitchell joined the JPMS creative team, to which he brings his own multifaceted approach. A true child of dissimilar generational influences, he loves mash-ups, like old-school/newschool music via his friend DJ Soulman. Mashing-up his own responsibilities in 2010, he turned 40, opened Angus M salon in Beverly Hills, and married his long-time best friend.
When heâs not on stage or running his hectic salon, he, his wife and daughter are at his tranquil, 34-acre, wind-powered Macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. His future focus is on family life, he says, and continuing to enjoy the intense variety of a career he loves.
âI canât believe I have this life,â adds Mitchell. âThereâs not a moment Iâm not grateful.â
Mitchellâs newest collection was inspired by the textures and light reflections seen in metal sculptor Guy Dillâs work, and the curvy lines of â50s automobiles.