Roy A Fredericks and Connie Strang founded Avant Garde in 1983 in Austin, Texas. Their vision was to have the ultimate hair salon in Austin--a company where excellence and impeccable service were the standards. A relaxed atmosphere with an energy level that can only be associated with progressive work in action. Avant was positioned to be the salon at the cutting edge of fashion.
Since then both Austin and Avant have had phenomenal growth. Avant has grown from one salon to three salons and one spa as well as a photography studio.
In 20 years, Avant has:
been voted "Best Salon in Austin" sixteen times
selected as one of the "Top 200 Salons" by Salon Today Magazine five times
featured in Harpers Bazaar and Elle as one of the Best salons in the Southwest
featured and published in American Salon, Modern Salon Magazine, and Salon Today
Avant's clients have included Nastassja Kinski, Jon Voight, Don Henley, David Byrne, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores, Shawn Colvin, Charlie and Will Sexton, Ann Richards, Max Frost, Brad Womack, Paul Qui, David Cross, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Balaban, Martin O'Malley, Sonia Sotomajor and Terri Gruca to name just a few.
Avant's educators train all around the globe and have been featured at USA top Educational events including American Excellence, Serious Business, Midwest Beauty Show and Aveda Congress.