Born and raised in Northern California, hairstylist James Pecis spent his youth outdoors in nature and his teenage years playing in punk bands and reading skater magazine Thrasher – his “bible” at the time. It was after music took him to San Francisco that Pecis began hairdressing, a career that ultimately led him to New York and London to assist for the likes of Jimmy Paul and Laurent Philippon before breaking out on his own. Since then Pecis has become a fashion staple with a portfolio that reads like a who’s who of the industry: Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Kendall, Gigi, Kaia, Adwoa. He gave Alexander McQueen a buzz cut and styled Michele Lamy’s jet black locks, as well as the entire Beckham family for the cover of British Vogue.
A regular backstage at shows, as well as behind the scenes at editorials and campaigns, last season alone Pecis headed up hair for designers including Marine Serre, Simone Rocha, Issey Miyake, Hermes, Etro, Antonio Marras, and Richard Quinn. While known for being a deft hand at a braid, it’s Pecis’s versatility which has led to his rise up the ranks as part of the young new guard. From natural flowing locks, to structured up-dos, undone mohawks to intricate braids, Pecis does it all, and always retains his signature beautiful and glossy organic style. When he’s not doing hair or formulating new products as part of his role as global ambassador for Oribe, Pecis can be found surfing – a passion which inspired his proudest achievement: a limited edition photography book entitled NOODLED which pairs images of the ocean with stripped back, black and white portraits of hairstyles, the proceeds of which go to ocean preservation charity Mission Blue.