A native of France, Laurent Dufourg began his remarkable styling career as an apprentice in a trendsetting Parisian salon. He later opened two exclusive salons in Europe where he built his reputation for artistic, cutting-edge hairstyles, attracting a very fashionable and prestigious clientele. While continuing to create innovative styles for his celebrity clients, Laurent discovered an untapped need for a private reserve of products which has led to the creation of Privé formule aux herbes, a premium hair care collection developed personally by Laurent to achieve the most challenging styles naturally. His reputation as a master stylist placed his services in high demand, making him the go-to hair stylist for major Fashion Week shows and leading him to open his signature Privé salons. Laurent’s dream was to open his salon in the best location possible, finally realizing his dream when he opened in the most prestigious building in New York City, The Sherry-Netherland . The 1,500 square foot salon includes 8 cutting chairs and a private color room on the mezzanine level. With a very select talented team, an exquisite location, and walls finished with art by Mr. Brainwash, Laurent D is bringing his trendy downtown vibe uptown.
Valentino Longo, born and raised in Venice, Italy, comes from a family of artists and draws on his rich heritage for inspiration. After beginning his career in Venice, he moved to Milan where he began working with Oribe. It wasn’t long before Valentino made his way to the United States where he was soon creating styles for some of the world’s most famous celebrities, supermodels, and socialites—including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Andrea Bocelli, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Daphne Guinness, and Lydia Hearst to name a few.
Valentino seeks to encourage his clients to take risks. He describes his approach as “simple yet modern,” blending precise, fashion-forward techniques that include the dry cutting technique, which was introduced to him by John Sahag, and a perfectionist styling technique he developed during his many years at Garren New York. His work has appeared in the pages of Elle and Allure, and he has styled hair for the runways of Valentino, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Fendi, and D-Squared.
Working on these visionary presentations has inspired him to create hairstyles that incorporate the concepts of each designer while enhancing the individual attributes of each client that make their hair unique. He creates a beautiful, voluminous sexy look that’s always on trend by using his signature technique: he ends each haircut at a 90-degree angle, and while the hair is gravitating downward, he makes the final cuts.
“My goal is to create a style that remains easy, manageable, and consistent from the moment they leave to when they return.”
Jordan Sparkes was immediately recognized as a rising star in the industry for his versatility in style and technique—mastering a variety of looks ranging from bouncy, layered summer looks to street-chic shags. Even at an early age of his career, he began working on campaigns such as Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Liberty of London, Akris, The Gap, Blackgama & Louis Vuitton. Presently, his star-studded roster of clientele includes the likes of Naomi Campbell, Amber Valleta, Linda Evangelista, Missy Ryder, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Brady, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Duffy, Karen Elson, Kim Kardashian, M.I.A., Lydia Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, Victoria Beckham, Carolyn Murphy, Michelle Hicks, Kevin Love, Liu Wen, Julia Roitfeld, and many more.
Jordan’s work can been seen in publications such as Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Spur Magazine, Ginza, W, Allure, Teen Vogue, Details, and InStyle, to name a few. His work has featured in advertising campaigns for brands like Calvin Klein, Heatherette, Paper Denim, R+Co., Bongo Jeans, and Anna Sui.
Jordan has worked with many celebrated photographers—most notably Markus Klinko & Indrani as well as renowned photographer Steven Klein.
Guillaume Massol was born and raised in Toulouse, France. At an early age, he moved to Paris where his talents were quickly recognized— and in no time he was appointed the artistic director of the world-renowned Paris Jacques Dessange Salon. His skill in advanced bridal techniques earned him a membership in the Haute Coiffure Francaise.
After working for runways and fashion shoots in Paris, Milan, and London, he decided to move to New York, where he became a Great Lengths Hair Ambassador for hair extensions and perfected his technique in precision haircuts. With over ten years of experience, he has developed a philosophy that hair should compliment his clients’ personality and lifestyle.
Davidé Torchio is a renowned editorial artist and hairstylist known for fusing fashion and innovation in all of his cuts. He treats each of his clients as a unique work of art—whether it’s a client coming in for a quick trim or a top model at a shoot.
He doesn’t merely cut hair; he sculpts it with the same intense creative focus of an artist attuned with all the nuances of his medium: how the hair grows, falls, and relates to the shape of the face and personality of the client.
Davidé’s love of hair began as an 8-year-old growing up in Turin and Rome , Italy, where all of his neighborhood friends received amateur yet impassioned haircuts—much to the chagrin of his mother, who eventually had to banish all scissors from their home to appease the neighborhood parents.
His precocious affinity for hair eventually led him, at the age of 14, to his first job at a prominent Turin salon and a scholarship for a fashion and beauty school as well as an internship at the Balmain Couture house . After graduating he set off for Milan to work with some of the world’s leading fashion houses and photographers.
From there, Davidé’s love of the entertainment industry pulled him by the heartstrings to LA, the very heart of the Silver Screen, where he studied under Jose Eber and Laurent D and coiffed some of Hollywood’s most famous personalities including Farrah Fawcett, Cher, Cristina Ricci, Winona Ryder, Morgan Fairchild, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Naomi Campbell.
In 2000, after a brief sejour in France working in Paris Couture, Davidé arrived in New York, where he now resides and enjoys a reputation as a leading hairstylist and editorial artist favored by top industry photographers. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Surface, Harper’s Bazaar, as well as in numerous international publications like Japanese Figaro and Italian Vanity Fair.
Davidé is represented by the Ivy Eleven agency and has worked with celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone, Brie Larson, Cheryl Hines, Paris Hilton, Adam Lambert, Brooke Shields, Kathy Griffin, Ricky martin, and Kristen Bell.
Li Murillo – This native New Yorker has lived the life of an artist. A dreamer, she sees beauty everywhere. She is influenced by classic timeless looks that filter through the gritty years spent living life on the streets of New York City. She uses all the years spent directing and producing theater to inform her vision enabling her to create emotionally moving looks that inspire and excite the wearer.
She is happy to be in demand during New York Fashion Week
Kanna Masataniborn and raised in Japan, initiated her career as a hair designer while working as a stylist at an upscale hair salon in Tokyo. Currently based in New York City since 2000. It is there where she found the inspiration that would eventually mold her into the respected hair designer that she has undoubtedly become today.
As one of the primary assistants to world renown hair stylist Orlando Pita and Guido Palau. Kanna has taken the lessons learned to heart and uniquely infused them together with her own distinctive style of hair design. The results led to the creation an artist who is, not only known for being a risk taker, but a hair designer whose creations have earned her the praises and trust of her peers and clients alike.
Proficient on many styles of haircut and design, Kanna added to her repertoire of skills by learning the dry-cutting technique. She also taps into her rich creative background and draws inspiration from various elements of fashion design, all of which gives her a distinctive and versatile prospective on her styling. Kanna pulls from these experiences thus creating a style in hair design that is uniquely her own.
In the end, Kanna Masatani has become best known and admired for her passion and respect for the art of detail and precision. She has an innate ability to add volume and create textured looks that are easy to maintain at home. Her edgy effortless adaptable haircuts complement each client’s personal style that in the end leaves them feeling fresh, confident and fulfilled-all the while displaying a calm and friendly disposition that keeps them coming back for more.
Valuable experience and contributions to numerous runway shows and campaigns for top fashion designers such as: Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Oscar De Renta and Michael Kors, just to name a few.
Moulay Yacoubi started his career in Paris, working the fashion shows with the top editorial stylists of the time. He studied under Vidal Sassoon, perfecting his distinctive modern-classic technique. He continued by learning the famed dry-cutting technique from master-stylist John Sahag, and razor cutting under British-great Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble & Bumble. Moulay has drawn from the teachings of all three style legends, creating his signature, avant-garde technique along the way, tailored to each client’s texture and style. The result is head-turning, unique styles that every woman covets.
Moulay’s work has graced the covers and pages of established international magazines and styled leading celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Sigourney Weaver, Helena Christensen, Uma Thurman, Brooklyn Decker and more. Moulay has been featured as leading stylist on CBS, FOX, E! News and appeared as a guest judge of the 2010 season of “Shear Genius” on Bravo!”This former model is also a jewelry designer, having learnt the craft at FIT, and a fashion consultant. He is active in the philanthropic world.
Hiro Haraguchi – From his earliest days of intense training in Japan to his cur- rent projects in New York, top stylist Hiro Haraguchi has constantly redefined the limits of excellence in hair style and hair care.
With 30 years of experience, Hiro has successfully merged his Far East training and philosophy with the Western cornu- copia of hair types to create a unique blend of “international chic”. Hiro and his associates cater to the specific needs and goals of their clients, creating the client’s desired look to en- hance his or her natural beauty. In Hiro’s own words; “No one has the same job, the same personality, or the same hair. We must consider every aspect of each client’s life in order to create his or her total look. As we get to know you, my staff and I discover your personality. Then, we can bring out your own inner beauty to enhance your confidence. We are both your hair clinician and your hair stylist.”
In Japan, Hiro spent over nine years studying, perfecting, and improving his techniques in the straight perm, the per- manent wave, and the latest styles in hair. After relocating to New York in 1988, he continued training at Suga. It was here that he met one of his mentors, Vera Wang, and began a long-lasting friendship. Ms. Wang graciously shared her per- sonal style philosophy with Hiro, which affected his own approach to the specific yet diverse needs of New York clients. This led to the evolution of his concept of “the total look” for each of his clients, irrespective of ethnicity. The wonderful diversity of every North American individual presents an exciting challenge for a stylist’s growth, as Hiro learned when he moved to Oribe. There, he began his work with photo shoots for many magazines with exotic models in various locales.
Hiro’s next step up was at Garren. At this prestigious salon, Hiro worked closely with the master and styled for fashion show luminaries like Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui. His outlook took on a metamorphosis. By combining his experience from three top New York salons, Hiro’s signature approach trans- formed to include not only consultation and styling, but after- care as well. Hiro gives each client advice and instruction in home hair hygiene; from shampoo, through cut and color, to conditioning. Hiro believes that maintaining the style after leaving the salon is equally as important as the initial visit.
In every salon session, each client receives the benefit of 30 years experience. Hiro knows that it is crucial to educate clients about the pros and cons of current methods. For instance, although the straight perm is currently popular, it can be a dangerous process and harmful to the hair if done by untrained hands. Conversely, improvements in permanent wave techniques and chemical products have resulted in far safer and more natural style options for the client to choose from. Hiro and his associates participate in regular educa- tional update forums as both attendees and instructors. This continually fresh knowledge is passed on directly to the cli- ents by teaching them about proper trends in the science and art of hair design.
Katie Q is a celebrity hair stylist and colorist who has worked with some of today’s most high-profile and notable celebrities including: Hailey Baldwin, Zac Efron, Justin beiber, model Carolina Forsling, fashion blogger Christina Caradona and countless other young Hollywood Stars.
Her work has also been featured in top magazines such as, Grazia, ELLE, GW and more. She now calls Salon Privé in the Sherry Netherland Hotel home.
Originally from Bondi Beach, Australia, Katy spends her time between New York, Miami and Nashville. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Kade and young daughter.