Pensacola couple Brittany and Jeff Bere built Tiger Moth Hair as a “labor of love,” combining all of their interests and passions in a chic, mobile hair salon at 1500 N. Palafox St.
It’s hard to miss the 1975 Airstream Sovereign parked in a rented corner of the Mako Athletics parking lot, where the couple also double as fitness instructors.
Jeff Bere, founder of Losobe Woodworks, has helped design projects for some of Pensacola’s most aesthetically pleasing locations such as Perfect Plain Brewing Co., Odd Colony Brewing Co., Mako Athletics, End of the Line Café, Hula Moon Tattoo Studio and Wilfrid’s Barber and Fine Goods.
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Tiger Moth Hair was a little different, however, as it was the first time he and his wife had come up with a project of this caliber together.
Brittany Bere gained her own clientele, working her way into some of Pensacola’s best-known salons, such as HAIR+CO and 10th Avenue Hair Designs, but wanted to take the risk of creating and operating her own space.
It was when Jeff Bere acquired the vintage 1975 Airstream Sovereign last year with the intention of making a business out of it that she decided to step out of her comfort zone and create a lounge like no other in the region.
“Jeff helped me do so many scary things,” said Brittany Bere. “Our daughters watch us do hard things and do them with us.”
The couple spent two hard months of their lives working on the trailer before the long-awaited day when the project was completed on Valentine’s Day.
“It was probably the biggest Valentine’s Day gift he would ever give me,” Brittany Bere said. “It was a huge labor of love.”
Drawing Dreams To Transform Trailer
Although the two decided to take on the project together, Jeff Bere said he had to start by treating his wife as one of his clients, asking her to show him photos of the aesthetic she wanted to capture. in the space.
It was sometimes difficult for her to visualize what she wanted the space to become when the trailer was just bare bones.
“We couldn’t sit down and figure out what would go where — there was no floor,” Brittany Bere said.
All of his initial ideas were either confined in his head or loosely drawn on napkin sketches.
Even so, the two worked together to balance the design details Brittany wanted with what Jeff determined was possible.
“It was a very smooth back and forth,” Jeff Bere said. “She (Brittany) sees global beauty.”
Brittany Bere knew there would be skeptics about how she could ever match the experience of an upscale living room with a trailer parked in a parking lot.
Jeff Bere himself had doubts, as if his wife would really like to spend her day in the confined quarters.
As creatives and visionaries, Brittany Bere said she and her husband are often still able to see the big picture and the potential of what a space could be. They were determined to find ways to create an open space that would radiate well-being and peace.
Features of the trailer that were difficult to work with, such as its arches, quickly became its strengths. They magnified the beauty already present inside with wallpapers, warm lights and bespoke furniture until they were able to create the atmosphere Brittany Bere had envisioned.
Jeff Bere incorporated a warm walnut as the base for the living room furniture, blending it naturally with his wife’s color palette of earthy greens and vibrant golds.
Now the trailer is unrecognizable, fully equipped with heating and air conditioning and far from running out of places to sit.
The reactions of people who came to see it are always a pleasant surprise for the couple, said Jeff Bere, noting how “cheerful” they seemed when they climbed inside.
Along with the salon’s appealing aesthetic, Jeff Bere said the pandemic has also made the business more relevant and convenient than ever. Many customers still haven’t returned to the traditional, busy hair salon since the start of COVID-19, Brittany Bere added, and have moved to less densely populated salons.
“When you show up and it’s just the two of you, you can breathe. There is peace there,” Jeff Bere said.
For now, Brittany Bere plans to be the only stylist out of her salon, but may consider leaving a chair free for stylists rotating as a “guest star” when she visits Pensacola or leads a workshop. specialized.
Brittany Bere said the couple also found ways to make the space open, but still divided into its own sections, like a coffee station, rinse off area and full bathroom. They even added a fenced outdoor yard to give the space more dimension.
Although the space gives an air of permanence, the trailer is still fully transportable and can be taken out for different events and festivals.
Bere said she doesn’t want to commit to traveling events too quickly, as weekends are especially sacred to her as time to spend with her family.
She plans to do more collaborations with Mako Athletics, with events like “Barbells and Blowouts.” It’s especially important for the Beres as a couple to use their business goals to help promote personal well-being, she said.
“We spent the morning of our wedding training with them,” Brittany Bere said of Mako Athletics. “Beauty and well-being are very important to me. …Jeff and I want to bring a different perspective on how you can live your life. There is much more that we want to offer to our children, to each other, to the people around us.
Brittany Bere, who specializes in creating lived-in blonde looks, pearl row extensions and can dye “really beautiful hair orange,” is now accepting new clients. You can make an appointment by texting her at 850-525-2335.