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American Crew Announces Champion of Leading Global Men's Grooming Competition

Meet The World's Best Men's Stylist

ROME, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- American Crew, a professional leader in men's grooming, announced Sergiy Shapochka from Ukraine as the Champion of the 2014-2015 All-Star Challenge, an annual global competition to recognize the best men's hair stylist in the world.

Thousands of stylists from 26 countries around the world submitted their interpretation of the American Crew man: the personification of a brand whose roots were inspired by the classic grooming and style of the men of the 40s and 50s. After preliminary events in their home countries, 15 finalists were flown to Rome, Italy, for a head to head competition. For the final round, each stylist was given 30 minutes to shoot and select a photo to represent their final cut to the judges.

"The American Crew man is one who modernizes the classic looks that inspired the creation of our brand. That's what Sergiy accomplished today. Sergiy's winning look is a unique representation of the groomed pompadour," said Paul Wilson, American Crew Artistic Director.

The following finalists were selected to represent their country on the global stage: David Andreas Kyrkiris, Canada; Kevin Birk, Denmark; Guillaume Fort, France; Marcel Kuchenbrod, Germany; Zsanett Fabian, Hungary; Sergio Criscino, Italy; Armando Rivas De La Cruz, Mexico; Inger Lise Moa, Norway; Jaime Ruiz Tello, Peru; Krzysztof Chodorski, Poland; Raul Santana, Spain; Homan Taghizadeh, Sweden; Leonard Cakolli, Switzerland; Sergiy Shapochka, Ukraine; and Alyssa Brasket, United States.

"Since its inception twenty years ago, American Crew has been committed to supporting stylists," said David Raccuglia, founder of American Crew. "The All-Star Challenge provides the ultimate platform to highlight the incredible talents of these artists who set the trends for men's grooming and style across the world."

The All-Star Challenge is widely considered one of the top men's grooming competitions among professional hairdressers. The competition's global judging panel consisted of: Raccuglia; Wilson; Wayne Gross, Fashion Director, Maxim; Sergi Bancells, General Manager USA, Spain and Latin America, Estetica Magazine; and Jerome Kantner, 2013-2014 American Crew All-Star Challenge Global Champion.

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About American Crew All-Star Challenge

The American Crew All-Star Challenge is about being recognized as the best stylist for men in the world. The cut. The model. The photograph. Bring it all together to create your ultimate interpretation of the American Crew man. We want the best stylist on the planet. One with a truly unique, artistic vision. One who understands what it takes to create a masculine, modern edge. And one who captures their masterpiece with professional-level art direction and photography. If you've got what it takes, start perfecting your style, because The American Crew All-Star Challenge is bigger and better than ever.

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About American Crew

American Crew, a professional leader in men's grooming, is the brand that defines men's style, hair care and grooming trends, distributed in more than 30,000 salons across 50 countries. The American Crew family of grooming products delivers everything needed to create and care for men's styles including products in the hair, body, shave, style and fragrance categories, available exclusively in salons, barbershops and authorized retailers. American Crew has an ongoing commitment to elevating men's style and enhancing their personal image, and provides education, marketing and imaging support to help stylists communicate the brand's vision of men's grooming and fashion – classic style, reliability and confidence – to the marketplace.

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