For about a week each month, world-traveling foot guru Brice Nicham brings his power pedicure to Julien Farel’s two Manhattan salons—Madison Avenue at Fifty-eighth Street, and the recently opened Setai on Fifth. With record snowfall in the city this winter, it’s not likely many New Yorkers are currently exposing their toes—all the more reason, we think, to start renewing neglected feet now, in time for spring (or a sunny escape).
Nicham, who studied podiatry in his native France, first debuted his one-of-a-kind service at the spas in Paris’s Ritz and George V hotels. Described as an haute “maintenance” regimen, his Health Pedicure starts with meticulous nail contouring and buffing, followed by an exfoliating scrub and pressure-point massage targeting tendon pain caused by “continuous compression” from shoes. Dry heels are smoothed with Deborah Lippmann’s hydrating foot cream; nail beds and cuticles are groomed to perfection—enough to skip polish (though Nicham does an impressive paint job). Lauren Bush has tried it. Rafael Nadal treated his overworked feet to the service before a match last summer at Farel’s U.S. Open pop-up salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nicham will be back in town next month; book now!
Regards, Velvet Magazine