Issue #60

Maria Teresa Sansalone

La Determinata

Maria Teresa’s passion for improving people’s style started a long time ago. She was 12 years old, when she first started working as an assistant in a salon near her home in Calabria. In 2005, she brought her talents to New York, where in her Upper East Side salon she continues to dazzle her clients with cuts, color, and styles that have won her a devoted following.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I have been a hairstylist for 27 years, but my life is also full of love for photography, art, and fashion.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

I left Italy in search of a new experience and at the end New York made my dream come true.

Please share your best memory in the City.

The city with eternal energy and lights is a memory that will never abandon me.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

This photo captures my work’s creativity.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

ITALIANY is a project that represents the ongoing cultural interchange between the US and Italy.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

Being an ambassador of Italian culture abroad is an honor, but also a lifelong challenge that makes one grow constantly. 

  • Manhattan, NY


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    150 mins

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