Upon entering David Mallett’s haven, one is immediately sucked into a whirlwind of positive emotions. “There’s a really interesting energy in the building, it keeps circulating. Nothing can remain closed, good or bad.” Behind the doors of this grandiose 17th century flat, there dances a choir of beautiful people of all shapes and genders, reflecting the thought of its owner: “I don’t like salons where everybody looks the same. We need to have no barriers, no age, no gender, no body shape. We must curate a healthy image, connected to dreams and not nightmares”.

  • This quest for beauty defined Mallett’s life. After landing from Australia at the age of 27, this aesthete was quickly noticed by Emmanuelle Alt and then collaborated with the greatest names in the fashion and photography industries such as David LaChapelle, Paolo Roversi and Karl Lagerfeld, before opening his own salon, the first of its kind, in the shade of an aptly named basilica: Our Lady of Victories. “All the words were right” he says “Cléry, Notre-Dame, Victoires. Three strong symbols that I was in the right way. Everybody kept telling me that I was crazy, but I had to do it. I opened this salon with the idea that if I were to have one, this is where I would like to come.”

  • His audacity paid off. In 2016, he opened another salon at the Ritz Paris, then a third atop the Webster in New York. “We called it a Marco Polo experience” he recalls. “It was vital that our DNA was solid, and that people felt it. That was really hard to transfer across the Atlantic. We bought the furniture a year before we opened in New York and we put it here so it would smell like Paris. The difference is that the New York salon is run by my closest friend, Mario Casarella and we share the same vision. I don’t sell haircuts. I sell people’s visions and my vision translated into them.” He thus curated a team of “demanding artists” with whom he shares aesthetic goals. “They know what I like and how to achieve it. That’s why we have that nest egg of success.”

  • Although the key to his success might simply come from the man’s caring self: “I have done people’s hair when they were terminally ill. I haven’t changed their lives. I did their hair and it made them feel happy because they felt beautiful. There is something honourable about giving someone an access to beauty... for a small moment. Hair grows, people come back.”

  • A dedication and humility that shine through Pure, his upcoming of natural haircare products that took him three years to develop. “I want my projects to evolve as I evolve myself. I don’t want it to stop. I love it. When Karl Lagerfeld asked me: “When will you finish” I said “Never” because there is no end to creation. You may change where, how and what you create but creation never stops.”

Narcisse Magazine - Issue 11