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Inside the NYC Julie K Nail Artelier where over 10 indie & pro nail brands sit pretty

By Alex Fox | 30 March 2021 | News, Products & Treatments

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Celebrity nail stylist Julie Kandalec announces the opening of her exclusive new nail art studio next month: the Julie K Nail Artelier in New York City.

This unique Artelier offers a private experience featuring a range of high quality nail services.

photo by Nick Parisse

Highly coveted celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec, founder of global education programme Masterclass Nail Academy and author of the Nail Art Design Book, has announced the opening of her first nail art studio, the Julie K Nail Artelier in Manhattan’s financial district on 8 April 2021.

This exclusive, by-appointment-only nail studio, will offer 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.

Designed and curated by interior designer, Sarah Pipps, of PIP Interiors, this glamorous yet tropical chic salon oasis, features pink, black and emerald-green décor. The Julie K Nail Artelier is an exclusive studio that will offer nail aficionados a private, intimate and sanitary experience delivering the most cutting-edge services. It 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 recognised around the world, such as Vogue, Allure and Cosmopolitan to name a few. Her artistry has graced the hands of celebrities such as 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 10 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.

The grand opening of the Julie K Nail Artlier is set for 8 April 2021, when guests can book their private appointment and browse a variety of services at 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 colours 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 into creating this name for her studio during a trip to Paris; she reveals, “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 the idea back to New York City and reflects, “The idea of opening a private boutique nail studio blossomed out of the COVID-19 pandemic and its dire effects on the nail industry, that has been nearly destroyed. While many clients 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 clients that are looking for a private, high-end experience, without the crowdedness of a large salon. Essentially, I wanted to create a cosy, living room feel to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

“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 realise that 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,” cites Julie.

The Julie K Nail Artelier will follow strict CDC guidelines and COVID cleanliness and 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 and 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.

Photo credit: all images of Julie K & the nail studio by Nick Parisse


Julie Kandalec is 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.

The author of the Nail Art Design Book launched in 2020, Kandalec created an innovative sketchbook for both consumers and professionals alike. The 42-page metallic-gold inked book includes educational elements such as colour theory, as well as colour combination ideas to spark creativity in nail aficionados, both amateur and professionals.

Follow her nail journey at@julieknailsnyc@masterclassnailacademy & @jknailartelier.