Early in his career, German-born Chrystoph Marten demonstrated an inherent appreciation for classic craftsmanship and a curious fascination with the phenomenal world, which inspired his path as an innovator and risk-taker in the world of hair design. After an apprenticeship with internationally-renowned hair salon Vidal Sassoon in Munich, Germany, Chrystoph relocated to New York City where he joined the staff at Vidal Sassoon's 5th Avenue headquarters - subsequently in the role of Editorial Director. Over the course of several years, Chrystoph played a distinguished role in establishing the Sassoon brand as a leading competitor on the international fashion circuit. Among his many performances were fashion shows in New York, London, and Paris for an illustrious group of acclaimed fashion designers, such as Hermes and John Bartlett.
In 2004, Chrystoph joined the studio of Nick Arrojo in Tribeca, where he conceptualized and implemented the creation of an annual underground hair show that captured the period's zeitgeist with its artistic experimentations. All three shows conceived by Chrystoph for Arrojo Studio - Dunkelheit, Funkstoerung, Arlequins - received critcal praise from industry professionals and the press. Chrystoph's profound inspirations caught the eye of fashion designers and commercial retailers, leading to collaborations with Victoria's Secret, Zac Posen, Derek Lam and the iconic menswear label Cloak.
Driven by a continued desire to meld traditional craftsmanship with ever-evolving art forms, in 2007, Chrystoph established his eponymous salon in the heart of Manhattan's gallery district in West Chelsea - at the intersection of art and innovation. THE CHRYSTOPH MARTEN SALON & GALLERY provides clients a unique and intimate salon experience in an art gallery setting designed by Chrystoph to promote and exhibit the work of an eclectic array of established and up-and-coming artists, incl. JEN RAY, Miss Goldfinger and many others.
In 2010, Chrystoph was approached by esteemed performance artist Marina Abramovic to collaborate on the recreation of her 1997 performance piece "Relation in Time" for the artist's landmark retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The following year, celebrated fashion designer Alexandre Plokhov announced his return to the international fashion scene, which also marked the revival of a longtime collaboration with Chrystoph Marten for NY and Paris Fashion Week. Inspired by his cultural heritage of the Weimar cabaret era, Chrystoph is presently evolving his underground hair show into a thought-provoking multimedia performance art piece... coming in 2015.
CHRYSTOPH MARTEN expanded his bi-coastal brand reach in 2014 introducing West Coast services to a growing fan base in the San Francisco Bay area. There, once a month, Chrystoph affords his clients the same inspired signature style and treatment that has become the CHRYSTOPH MARTEN hallmark.