Jon Paul Holt was born and trained in England. He has been a hairstylist and salon owner for over 35 years but still loves working 5 days a week in the salon on his large clientele.
Jon Paul opened his first salon in England at the age of 19 with his partner Alan Moss. Their salons, 'Alan Paul' eventually became the largest chain of hair salons in England. It was the first salon group ever to be taken on to the public London Stock exchange.
His constant search for something new brought Jon Paul to first visit and then to immigrate to Canada in 1981. Two years later he opened Avant Garde Hair Studio. At Avant Garde, he began looking after the hair of film stars such as Meg Ryan and rock star friends like Vancouver's own Bryan Adams.
Jon Paul Holt and Avant Garde Hair Studio quickly built up a national and international name for excellence in hair and beauty. In 1991 Jon Paul opened his first salon in Yaletown.
Canadian Joe Average designed and painted the distinctive Avant Garde logo. Located in Yaletown is at 1075 on Mainland Street, the salon celebrated 25 years in business in 2008.