Timothy C. Rogers, 51, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2023 at his home in Gaylordsville, Connecticut following a brief illness.
Rogers was born on August 11, 1972 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, England. After completing school, he embarked on a remarkable career as a hair stylist. He attended Blinkers Hairdressing Academy in Fareham, where he was fast tracked through to apprenticeship as a result of his talent. He next joined Toni and Guy in Winchester, England, completing their training program and ultimately managing the salon.
Rogers then journeyed to the United States in 1998, where he joined Adam Broderick in Ridgefield, Connecticut, before moving to New York City at the encouragement of his clients. There, he began a rapid ascent to the New York fashion world, becoming a protégé of Garren at his GARREN New York salon and quickly establishing a name for himself in the most demanding and admired fashion scene globally, with representation by Garren’s prestigious agency, now known as Contact NYC.
He then joined Sally Hershberger and Sharon Dorram, ultimately opening a salon on 26th Street in partnership with Hershberger in 2016. As he began his retirement, he continued to see clients at Valery Joseph Salon in New York. His passion for discovering and mentoring young talent elevated the current generation of hair stylists.
A “Tim Rogers Haircut” transcended the ordinary with bespoke precision and structure: recognizable, distinctive, and inimitable. The word “stylist” was boundless with him, taking the whole person and scene into account. In addition to helping his many friends and private clients always look their best, Rogers styled many celebrities, including Adele, Carrie Lowell, Karen Bjornson, Diane Sawyer, Carey Mulligan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Blake Lively, Linda Evangalista, Kate Moss, Rosario Dawson, Anna Kendrick, Juliette Binoche, Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Peet, Nicole Scherzinger, Yoko Ono, Roger Federer, and many others.
Rogers' work regularly appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, New York magazine, W magazine, and Redbook. He worked with many notable photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger, and Patrick Demarchelier. His craft also extended to the runway for Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, and Badgley Mischka, as well as the Met Ball and the White House.
Rogers was a spokesperson and the first creative director for Living Proof, making numerous appearances on QVC for the launch of the new brand. He had also been a spokesperson and creative director for Charles Worthington haircare.
In 2020, more than two decades after bringing his extraordinary talent to the United States, Rogers very proudly earned his U.S. citizenship based on his exceptional abilities and professional accomplishments.
His professional success does not begin to capture Rogers as a man, and words alone are not enough to capture his spirit. He was tremendously gifted, charming, intelligent, generous, passionate, temperamental, complex, and perfectly cheeky, with a knack for British humor that came from his father. Quick to give an honest opinion delivered with tact and wit, his charisma was magnetic, drawing in people of all generations.
To those who knew him, Rogers had an impeccable sense of style, whether in riding gear or a dinner jacket, and he possessed a nonchalant elegance that always made an impression. To those who knew him well, Rogers was as loyal as a lion and someone who was always in your corner—the embodiment of both a Leo and the theme song of his favorite television show, The Golden Girls.
Rogers was a gracious host, most comfortable at home in the country, surrounded by the animals he cherished and the garden in which he showcased an innate gift for landscape design that was passed down from his mother. He was also an avid tennis fan, horseman, political observer, and home chef, making many delicious meals for his friends and loved ones, with favorites including roast chicken, roast pork with Sunday gravy, and shepherd’s pie.
Rogers loved the 1970s and regretted not being old enough to have experienced Studio 54, once even convincing a flight crew that his real name was Sterling St. Jacques as an ode to one of his icons. He collected vintage Studio 54 photographs and was known for his disco playlist, filled with deep cuts and rare gems in addition to his favorites by Cerrone, Grace Jones, and others.
Rogers' ultimate muse was Mariah Carey; she was a sustained source of inspiration for him, as was Dionne Warwick.
The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Rogers was that flame, and he will be missed so deeply by so many. In addition to his many friends, he is survived by his parents, Ian and Barbara Rogers; his brother, Simon Rogers, sister-in-law, Michelle, and nephews, Oliver, Isaac, Winston, and Charlie – all of Australia; and his godchildren, Sloane and Blair, of New York. Rogers was also a devoted papa to his beloved dogs, Billie, Griffin, Harper, and Max, as well as his horse, Lady Mae.
We know Rogers is overjoyed to be reunited with his grandparents, who had an enormous impact on his life, and his former dogs, including GB, Sailor, Lady, Ginger, Ben, Toby, George, Parker, Teddy, Candys, Alex, and Sascha.
Family and close friends will celebrate Rogers' life at a small private ceremony. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at aspca.org.
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