Why did you choose to be a hairdresser?
"Every person is a piece of art. People spend a lot of money on an outfit , dressing themselves, finding a look, but the outfit is not complete if their hair is not right. I want to help people put it all together. Since I already love clothes, it is like adding the cherry on top. Like fashion, every outfit is different, and every person's hair should be different, to express who you are."
What is your favourite color?
"Black is my color."
What do you like most about your job?
"I like that I can transform people through their hair, their cut and color. It is interesting getting to know my clients, and get involved with them through their style and personality. The best part is that I get to take part in helping them achieve the look they want. Coco Chanel said, 'A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.' "
Tell me about a proud moment in your life,
"Back in Milan, a girlfriend of mine was extremely upset because she did not have a hairdresser booked for an important evening. I ended up saving the day. Not only did I solve her hair issue, but she was photographed by every international magazine that night. We still talk about it, and how amazing it worked out. Usually I am more prepared, with where the hair is 'going for the day/ night' however the impromptu experience created a great reaction from the press. In the end, my girlfriend and I were very happy."
If you could have dinner with 5 famous people, who would they be?
"Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna and Sean Connery...
a mix of the now, the super and the great."
If you could be or do anything else, what would that be?
"Fashion buyer for menswear and womenswear."
Find Tony at Jie Matar - http://www.jiematar.com/