Cole has overcome tremendous loss (Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home and all its contents) and come out stronger. “My personal devastation has inspired me to such a degree. Never think that what you have can’t be taken away in moment. It is the friendships that you build around you that are there for you. Your legacy is not what you have at the end it is who you touched.”
This clarity of heart and purpose allows him to speak with hairdressers around the world, as fearlessly as the hair fashion he creates. When instructing them on “dare-to-wear” styles he also dares them to care.
“We’re the only industry that never goes down during a recession. People always want and need to feel beautiful. When people have lost their hair, they want a wig. When they’ve been sick, they can’t wait to wash and do their hair. When they’re going for a job interview, we can give them a great style and make them feel secure. And they get that job. We make such amazing changes in people’s lives. Never, ever forget that.”