High BrowJanuary 1, 2007 By: Kelley Donahue American Salon
We posed the question to Adi, owner of Simadi Salon in New York City, who told us about meeting a hairstylist named Simon Sabag in the '90s. "I was selling sandwiches on Madison Avenue and he used to stop by to get lunch," he says. The two became fast friends. In fact, Adi helped Sabag with the construction of a new salon he was opening. "He said I had quick hands and an eye for color and design," says Adi, who credits Sabag with encouraging him to pursue hairdressing. "Simon learned his technique in Paris, and he taught me everything I know about hairdressing," says Adi. Sadly, 11 years after the salon opened, Sabag passed away suddenly and the salon closed. But Adi was determined to make sure their clients were cared for, despite the fact that Sabag and the salon were both gone. He worked at a small salon nearby and saved every single penny until he had enough to open his own salon. "I called it Simadi in honor of Simon," Adi says. "It's a combination of my name and his."