Coiffeur & Stylist
With the opening of his own salon in the Saskia Suite of the Altstadt Vienna, renowned stylist and hairdresser Filip Cristian has fulfilled his dream of having his own salon on the "Belle Etage" of a hotel. Following the Parisian model, but in Viennese. Stylish. Elegant. Individual. And surrounded by art.
Read more about Filip Cristian's passion for the craft, what makes Vienna so special for him and how you can get an appointment with him in our portrait series "Local Heroes".
What do you like about the area? Why are you in the 7th district?
I have lived and worked for many years in the 8th, very close to the 7th district. So I have experienced very personally how Wien Neubau has developed more and more into a young, innovative and lively district. You can find chic stores of young fashion designers, gastronomy with international flair, small delicatessen stores, chic bars for cool drinks, vegan clubs and stores and special artists and galleries for every taste.
What is the passion behind your work?
I am a hairdresser and stylist with passion. Since my early youth, hairdressing was not only my dream job, but my "vocation". My artistic, creative skills and the eye for "the beautiful things in life" are probably in my genes.
I love to advise my customers individually and to win them over for a new styling if desired. Or simply to emphasize the personal type with small, subtle changes, such as the hair color or haircut.
I have extensive training in my field, continuously expanded my knowledge and worked in leading salons in Vienna. As "Austrian National Champion" I have participated in many international competitions in Paris, Milan, Athens, Berlin, Leipzig and Vienna. As a leading stylist I have worked with La Hong, Atil Kutoglu, Valentino for Wolfword, Campari Mix, Boris Cavlina and Pink Ribbon for Lutricia Macneal among others.
I am also a "Master of Colours" and have training in the special cutting technique of the "Calligraphy Cut".
Only in Vienna
The special Viennese charm. The fine gastronomy and the exclusive cultural offers. Vienna was and is the international center for music. I consider myself lucky to be able to choose every evening from such a wide selection of concerts, operas, theater performances or even smaller cultural events. We Viennese take it so much for granted, but friends and guests from all over the world make us realize again and again how "spoiled" we are.
What is better somewhere else
I can't think of anything so quickly. Or maybe: Backhendl from my home in Styria!
I am always fascinated by the world-famous Viennese pastries and the beautifully decorated showcases of Vienna's leading cafés and pastry shops, such as Landtmann, Sluka, Gerstner, Heiner or Kurkonditorei Oberlaa. To name just a few.
The special delicacies of the old Austrian cuisine in the Viennese Beisln and inns or at the Heurigen.
When it gets dark
The song "Haben Sie Wien schon bei Nacht gesehn?" describes it best.
Not in any tourist guide
The Japanese Setagaya Park in Döbling. A real paradise in its heyday. The garden was created from a cooperation between Austria and the Setagaya district in Tokyo. Next to the main entrance you can find a stone monument. The word "Furomon", "Paradise", is engraved there in Japanese letters. Like being in a Japanese cherry orchard: that's how you really feel when you enter the garden and spend time there.
Your favorite place
One of my favorite places is the Volksgarten with its diverse and colorful roses. All rose bushes bear a personal dedication, tell a special story and spread a wonderful fragrance in the summer months. Here you can relax in peace and quiet and yet be in the middle of the city.
The Volksgarten when the roses are in bloom. Or a walk along the Ring, past the famous palaces with their extraordinary stories. The imposing Ringstrasse buildings were built in the late 19th century and tell exciting family stories about the old nobility and famous banker and industrialist families from Vienna.
Can be skipped although in the guidebook
The Vienna Canal System as part of the "3rd Man Tour".
What do you love about your city?
I love the feeling of living in a big city without getting lost in a sea of houses. In Vienna I feel liveliness, familiarity and security. I can relive the great history of this city in buildings, museums and culture. Surrounded by great art in buildings, music, theater and the history of famous personalities.
Lots of green in the surrounding Vienna Woods invites you to relax and regenerate. A variety of sports & recreational opportunities are also available. I never get bored in this city. It is diverse, Viennese and yet so international. This city encourages my creativity and always lets me discover something new.