Celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec, has announced the opening of her first nail art studio, Julie K Nail Artelier in New York City.

Julie has created a private and unique, exclusive, by appointment only experience.

What sets this private studio apart from a traditional nail salon is that guests will never share a space with any other clients at the same time. 

Catering to the needs of clients that are looking for a private, high-end experience, without the crowdedness of a large salon Julie has created a cozy, living room feel to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

It is such a beautiful space!We’ve had the honor of getting two customized nail designs already by the guru herself. Click here to see the final two looks inspired by our two travel journeys Costa Rica, and NYC Vibe.

The Artelier will offer a private experience featuring a range of high-quality nail services

Designed and curated by interior designer, Sarah Pipps, of PIP Interiors, the glamorous yet tropical chic oasis features pink, black & emerald-green décor. Julie K Nail Artelier is an exclusive studio that will offer nail aficionados who want a private, intimate, and sanitary experience the most cutting-edge services. Julie K. Nail Artelier will offer by appointment only private experiences by Julie Kandalec, a sought-after celebrity artist that is no stranger to the beauty industry. Kandalec’s work has continuously been seen in the glossy pages of high-fashion magazines recognized around the world, such as Vogue, Allure and Cosmopolitan to name a few. Her artistry has graced the hands of celebrities like Camila Cabello, Mariah Carey, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Jessica Chastain.

Julie K Nail Artelier will offer guests the best in quality and high-end nail lacquer, by Kandalec’s best-loved brands including Essie, CHANEL, CND as well as over ten Indie and BIPOC brands such as Lights Lacquer, by Kathleen Lights and Deco.Miami, Olive & June, Suite Eleven, Paintbox, Emilie Heathe and more.  Enhancement services offered will be from CND, Gelish, Kiara Sky, Medusa, Tony Ly, and more.

Guests can book their private appointment and browse a variety of services at www.julieknailartelier.com. Prices range from $45 for a manicure to $70-120 and up for enhancements in gel or acrylic. For those looking to get extra creative, Kandalec will offer nail art of her choosing, where the client only picks the colors and Julie will select the nail art from her vast collection of studs, charms and accoutrements from Japan, South Korea, and beyond.

The name Julie K Nail Artelier was inspired by combining the word “Atelier”, French for an artist’s workshop, with Nail Art. Kandalec was inspired by a trip to the city of love and romance, Paris: “on a trip to Paris, I knew that one day I wanted to use the word Atelier if I ever opened a salon”. She then brought that passion back to the city of dreams: New York City.

“The idea to open a private boutique nail studio blossomed out of the COVID-19 pandemic and its dire effect on the nail industry that had been nearly destroyed. While many people are still not comfortable walking into larger salons and house calls aren’t an option for everyone either due to space, safety concerns, or are cost prohibitive, I decided to cater to the needs of those clients that are looking for a private, high-end experience, without the crowdedness of a large salon. Essentially, I wanted to create a cozy, living room feel to make the experience as comfortable as possible”, said Kandalec.

“Additionally, a disparaging and factually incorrect article on the nail industry was recently printed by the New York Times, which not only angered me and my colleagues, but also made me realize that so many consumers are miseducated on the nail industry as a whole. Many clients don’t have a personal relationship with their nail professional, and I wanted to make it more the norm than a rarity” said Kandalec.

Julie K Nail Artelier will follow strict CDC guidelines and COVID cleanliness & safety procedures. Walk-ins are not allowed, and all services are private and, on an appointment-only basis. Appointments will be spaced out, with time in between each appointment to ensure proper cleanliness & disinfecting.Julie’s guests will enjoy a private experience, but in the instance that they would like to have a service with a friend or relative, there is a second nail table six feet away to accommodate them as a “private party of two”, performed by one of Kandalec’s top colleagues. What sets this apart from a traditional nail salon is that guests will never share a space with any other clients at the same time.

A little bit more about who Julie Kandalec is:

From Essie campaigns to backstage at New York Fashion Week, Julie Kandalec is the nail professional that editors, designers, and celebrities call to make their dream nails come to life. The founding creative director of Paintbox in New York City, Julie made chic and on-trend nail art accessible to a mainstream clientele and now shares her years of experience with salons, schools, spas, and hotels around the world as the founder of Masterclass Nail Academy. Her clients include Mariah Carey, Camila Cabello, Emma Roberts, and Hailee Steinfeld. Her work has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue, WWD, and on campaigns for CHANEL, Dior Beauty, YSL Beauty, Tiffany & Co., Glossier, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay and Maybelline.

Also the author of Nail Art Design Book launched in 2020, Kandelec created an innovative sketchbook for both consumers and professionals alike. The 42-page metallic-gold inked book includes educational elements such as color theory, as well as color combination ideas to spark creativity in nail aficionados, both amateur or professionals. Additionally, Julie is the founder of global education program, Masterclass Nail Academy and in 2021, she launched , Julie K Nail Artelier, an exclusive, by appointment only nail studio offering one of a kind unique manicure services including high-end nail enhancements, gel polish, sculpting gel, acrylic, soft gel full coverage tips, enhancement removal and a variety of intricate and detailed levels of nail art.

Follow her nail journey around the world a@julieknailsnyc, @masterclassnailacademy and @jknailartelier.

Perfect for IG Moment. Designed and curated by interior designer, Sarah Pipps, of PIP Interiors

Best part if you never know you’ll bump into on your way in: Like Publicist Cessie Cerrato getting a Manicure

photo credit: Nick Parisse

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