Tribus Urbaines launches its concept store: a place to inspire and be inspired

In the early days of developing our business concept for Tribus Urbaines, we imagined a place that would be a source of deep inspiration, a space to take an energizing break away from our noisy, busy lives. In our imagination, Tribus Urbaines would be a welcoming living room where people could gather, mix and talk together. We imagined a place where we could learn, think, and ask questions, and where we could dare to redefine our concepts of beauty, gender or identity. We imagined a joyful place full of laughter and rich in ambience. We also imagined a beautiful place that was welcoming, comforting and that made people feel good about themselves. Tribus Urbaines would be a lair, decorated with books, music and photos – a place where inspiring women and men share their stories, their art, and their knowledge.

We have since passed from dreams to reality and today, the gateway to the Tribus Urbaines “concept” is the hairdressing salon, which offers clients specialized techniques, know-how and products. It’s a place where everyone is welcome; especially those with curly, frizzy and afro hair.

And our mission continues. Starting on December 7th, the waiting area at Tribus Urbaines in Lausanne, rue de la Madeline 10, will become a “concept store” with books, fashion accessories, a deli, cosmetics and other items for body and soul.  

The space will also become the place for cultural events and exchanges.


Concept Store

Come experience Tribus Urbaines as more than a place for hairstyling. Come have tea and browse through a book on display. If you feel like it, buy it to take home and finish, or to give as a gift for someone else. To get an idea of the spirit of the place, here is a selection of what you can find there.


“Beauté fatale: les nouveaux visages d’une aliénation féminine” by Mona Chollet
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Comme un million de papillons noirs” illustrated book by Laura Nsafou

Fashion Accessories
Salyel Paris Sweater and T-shirt
Karidja & Khadija Jewellery
own brown u underwear


Soaps by Sheanaynay
Body Baobab Oil by Pilani

Fine foods
Sauces, condiments and other delicacies from Safari-happening

Meetings and other cultural events

On Thursday, December 5: a discussion around the Epiderme podcast featuring

Sylvie Makela, co-founder of Tribus Urbaines, who participated in episode 4 of Pauline Vrolixs’ RTS Epiderme podcast series.

The idea behind ​​the meeting? Sylvie will talk about her experience participating in the podcast, explain how the interview came about and comment on the buzz it created.

For Pauline, the podcast host, the series was a new approach in her journalism career, an experience which fed her curiosity and left her profoundly touched. She is looking forward to telling us more and lead a discussion to help others reflect on their own experiences.

If you wish to participate this Thursday, December 5 from 19h to 21h, send an email to before Wednesday, December 4th. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 December: nocturnes

The salon and the concept store will be open until 20:30 on these special days. We’ll be welcoming guests with sparkling drinks and snacks.

Saturday, December 21: opening night of the concept store, starting at 16:30.

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