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 Robert Edele 1972 Vidal Sassoons first official teacher. EVER.
Robert Edele

Robert Edele 1972 Vidal Sassoon's first official teacher. EVER.

Robert Edele began his hairdressing career in the early 1950ís in London, England. Aspiring to be the best, Robert worked closely on hair in the world of competition hairdressing & haircutting.

As a kid in the craft, he always wanted to know how things were done and how he could teach others this amazing craft that he was learning. His lifelong friend Vidal Sassoon was gaining ground in his salon at 108 Bond Street, in London. Vidal asked Robert to work with him and help him develop the education for his new cutting methods and help teach his staff these exciting techniques.

Soon, Robert became one of the most valuable people at Vidalís salon, working as a stylist and also as a teacher.

In 1954 Vidal decided to sell his salon and move down the road to larger premises. Robert decided to go out on his own and open his own salon, so Vidal sold the 108 Bond Street salon to Robert.

After a short period of time suddenly Vidalís new salon had a major flood and he was forced to evacuate. Robert offered Vidal his salon to bring his clients to while the salon was being repaired.

Once Vidalís salon was up and running again, he said to Robert, ďcome back and work with me, I never wanted you to leave anyway, you were my best teacherĒ.

Robert, excited over the potential of this opportunity, closed down his salon and went back to work with Vidal in the new salon at 171 New Bond Street, London.

Robertís talents flourished and he was soon promoted to senior director. He then inspired Vidal to open a school in Knightsbridge, London, where other hairdressers could come and learn these new cuts and styles that were changing the world of haircutting.

In the late1960ís Robert was asked by Vidal to go to the USA to help open up schools and academies throughout the world.

In the late 1970ís Robert was appointed as Exec. Vice-President of the Vidal Sassoon salons and academies, USA, and went on to become President until he decided to retire after almost 50 years with the company.

Robert was responsible for the training of many of the top stylists in the world today and is regarded as an icon within our craft.

Robert & Vidal still stay in close touch with each other and often reminisce on those great days and how it all began.

Today, Robert lives in Southern California with his wife Jan and son Sacha. He continues to keep up with the craft and all those within it.

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Janet Kagan 09-Jul-2017 00:05
Robert cut my hair in London before we all moved to L.A. His brother Harry and my father, Michael Goldberg, were partners in the clothing business and close friends until my Dad died. I'd love to be in touch with him again.
Janet Kagan 09-Jul-2017 00:02
Robert cut my hair several times in London before we both moved to the USA. Always the best cut!. His brother Harry was my fathers ( Michael Goldberg) partner in the clothing business. I haven't seen Robert or Jan since they lived in their beautiful house off Coldwater Canyon. I would love to be in touch.
J 27-Sep-2014 07:15
I didn't realize what I had done but as it turns out I just purchased this awesome man's Personal car. I met his son Sacha near my house in SoCal and he ended up selling me his fathers mercedes. It's cool knowing that I own a small part of fashion history.
jean claude lee 16-Sep-2014 17:51
hi robert what a suprise to see your photo on the web my name is jean claude lee you probably do not remember me ,worked in bond street from 1963 till 67 in spain now for the last 40 years in a town called marbella costa del sol .....69 years old at this moment and life is good ...all the best will never forget those early days..
Guest 11-Aug-2013 05:36
The first class of the Vidal Sassoon School of Cosmetology in San Francisco graduated in 1975, not 1974. I should know as I graduated in that class. Jonathan Field
James J. Keating 06-Jun-2013 03:29
Robert was managing director at the first US advanced hair cutting centre in San Francisco. In 1974 I was in the first graduating class of the Vidal Sassoon School of Cosmetolgy. Had the opportunity to work with him, Tony Beckerman, and Alan Benfield Bush. Robert was a great inspiration to us all!
Cheers to you, my good man! James J. (JJ) Keating
Elia Stamboulieh 13-May-2012 12:41
Robert Edele interviewed me for an assistant position in 65-66 and told me to think about it for 3 days, i got home and called him back to ask if i could start sooner, to which he answered , tomorrow @ 7am . Thank you Robert for the opportunity , they were wonderful years .
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