The New Philosophers Series: Piper London, The Old Hat
For Piper London, beauty is a profound expression of self and a combination of qualities that extend beyond the physical realm. It encompasses a sense of being comfortable in one’s own skin, embracing flaws, and treasuring the transformative power of life’s experiences. As they gracefully put it, “Choosing to live authentically in your skin, mind, and how you present in fashion/hair/makeup is the courageous beauty I have grown to know.”
Shifting perspectives on the meaning of beauty
Having grown up immersed in the beauty industry, particularly the time they spent in the fashion mecca of London, Piper was constantly exposed to various opinions and philosophies that sought to define beauty. However, a pivotal moment occurred when they became a parent. Through the quirks and idiosyncrasies of their child, they witnessed beauty in a whole new light. “The quirks were the qualities that I loved the most about my child—that stood out and set him apart.”
In response to the restrictive beauty standards prevalent in society, Piper founded The Old Hat, a salon that celebrates individuality and provides a nurturing space for diverse expressions of beauty. At The Old Hat, they reject the notion that beauty is predefined by any set of normal standards. Instead, they foster an environment where uniqueness thrives, ensuring that “all concepts of what feels good will look smashing.” It is a place where clients can authentically express themselves, be it through fashion choices, personal style, or gender presentation.
The secret? Aging with grace and gratitude
For Piper, aging is a cherished privilege that they embrace wholeheartedly. While witnessing the changes in their body, Piper reflects upon the profound value of the journey. “Aging is an honour,” they acknowledge, “how I choose to travel that path has been informed by so many experiences.” Piper recognizes the importance of taking care of the physical body but also emphasizes the significance of listening to oneself and embracing personal choices.
In their own words, “What feels right for you – IS right for you.” Intertwined throughout their journey, Piper shares words of wisdom that resonate with readers. “Never aspire to be everyone’s cup of tea,” they advise, “You are enough just as you are.” This empowering statement encourages individuals to embrace their unique qualities and reject the pressure to conform.
Embrace authenticity and let your true light shine
In a world captivated by fleeting trends and unattainable standards, Piper’s journey stands as a powerful reminder that true beauty lies in authenticity. As we bid farewell to the confines of societal norms, let us collectively embrace our unique qualities and rewrite the rules of beauty. Through their work at The Old Hat and personal reflections, Piper continues to redefine beauty, creating spaces where honest self-expression thrives.
They also realize the importance of running The Old Hat differently. “I had the privilege of working under some of the best in the industry,” Piper shares. This guided Piper in teaching and shaping their own salon’s culture, one that prioritizes technical integrity, kindness, and respect.
As we navigate our own paths in our time here, let us heed Piper’s call to find solace in our authentic selves, honour the quirks that make us who we are, and embrace the privilege of aging with grace and gratitude. In doing so, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, where the true essence of beauty unfolds.