Creative Director of Federico Advanced, Adam Federico, has established an unlikely partnership with the Croatia-based team, ZGAT. Though this team resides on the opposite end of the globe, their ideals align perfectly with those of Federico’s, creating a symbiotic relationship.
“Federico Advance and ZGAT share a similar story and a similar background,” says Ivana Spicer of ZGAT. “We have a huge passion for what we do. Our ideals and our goals are aligned, and that makes the connection between us special.”
And while the relationship was established with business in mind, it has grown to be so much more.
“What makes our relationship special is that it’s not driven by money or business,” says Mario Mesaric of ZGAT. “Rather, it’s centered around love, friendship, and a genuine passion for the art and craft of hairdressing.”
When you take a ZGAT class at Federico Advanced, you’ll get a sense of this partnership: These classes have endeared close to 100 students over the course of the last several years, making them a part of the ZGAT and Federico Advanced families, alike.
“Mario Mesaric and Ivana Spicer are humble, kind, approachable and patient; but above all, they’re very knowledgeable, and they excel at taking complicated topics and simplifying them,” says Shannel Mariano, Hairbrained shootout winner and ZGAT class attendee. “They’re very good at explaining what they’re doing, and why they do it differently than other artists. They do what they love – and they do it with love. Everything with them feels very uncomplicated and straightforward. When they guide their students, they do it with a surprising level of integrity and authenticity.”
"Technically Speaking there's no comparison," says Federico. "Mario and Ivana teach students to retrain their eyes, and encourage them to shift their perspective."
And from a student's perspective, the ZGAT classes are so much more than "just doing fun and creative cuts," according to Mariano. "They teach discipline and focus your attention to detail. I won't be replicating the techniques I learned simply because someone told me to - and I don't need to create copies of the cuts that Mario and Ivana did. Instead, I'll be taking the methods that they taught us, and creating my own work. I can do this, because their style of teaching really reached me - it resonated with me."
When it comes to ZGAT, inspiring isn't really an adequate description. But don't take our word for it: take one of their life-changing classes and see for yourself!
ZGAT is scheduled to return in 2017 - and with classes set to take place in Sacramento, Miami and Atlanta, you’re sure to find a location that suits your needs.
But buy these tickets at federicoadvanced.com TODAY – because they won’t last long!
*Special thanks go the Goldwell Academy in New York City, for use of their state of the art space.