Japan born and raised Mari Watase began her hairstyling career in Japan. Later marrying Hiro Watase and moved to New York City to expand her career. With her precise and excellent technique she began as first assistant to The Global Creative Director for John Freida, Luigi Murenu. In 2014, she combined forces with her husband Hiro and began as powerful hair duo Hiro+Mari and opened Salon 87 Brooklyn.
Mari has worked with prominent names in the fashion industry such as Gucci, Givenchy, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Viktor and Rolf. As well as Vogue, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, V, W, Allure, Elle, YSL, Alexander Wang, Barney’s NY, Off White, Rag+Bone,Tory Burch, Ann Taylor, UNIQLO, Bloomingdale’s. Mari has also been lead hair stylist and working at New York, Milan and Paris fashion week for many years.