Italian-born Giuseppe Toni Mascolo, who founded the global hairdressing brand Toni & Guy together with his younger brother, has died at the age of 75.
Mascolo and his younger brother Gaetano (Guy) opened the first Toni & Guy salon in Clapham, south London, in 1963. The company then went on to achieve global success, become a favourite of celebrities and to influence popular hairstyles for decades.
Born in Naples in 1942, Mascolo and his four younger brothers were taught how to cut hair from a young age by their hairdresser father. After the family moved to London, he worked in several salons and finally decided with his brother to open their own salon after Guy was given the opportunity to take over the salon where he worked.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Toni Mascolo was highly respected within the hairdressing community, he was known as approachable and someone who made time for everyone. It is no surprise that he built up a lengthy list of achievements, which transcended the industry to include business, entrepreneurship and charity.”
Mascolo was awarded an OBE for his services to hairdressing in 2008. He leaves a wife, three children, and numerous grandchildren.
Toni & Guy now has almost 500 salons in nearly 50 countries. Mascolo was chief executive of the company at the time of his death.