First impressions are so important to me. I’m a believer that your gut instinct is the right instinct, so a first impression means a lot. It’ll determine how I will see you and where I put you in my life once my impression is made.
I grew up having to know street smarts, no choice and I graduated with honors. As soon as I met Daniel, I had a great first impression of him. He had the fire and the passion that I love to see in hairstylists who love what they’re doing. I knew this guy wasn’t a quitter. A fighter, like me. So I welcomed him into the Dear Hairdresser pack instantly.
Thanks Daniel for inspiring me with your passion.
64 Dunlop Street
You have been in the industry for almost 25 years now. What made you want to open a barber shop?
After owning several upscale salon and spa’s I noticed the uprising of popularity in men’s barbershops. I wanted to take a step in a different direction, but still be creative.
Barbershops can be a great source of camaraderie between men. Typically they are a uniquely male gathering spot, so I decided to put a high end emphasis and step it up a notch with creating a lounge environment. Women have a lot of outlets in the beauty and wellness industry, I feel men need more.
Tell us about the concept of Vintage Throne. What kind of experience can your clients expect?
Many services for men are usually rushed and lack detail. Running busy salons, I know with scheduling, men are usually looked at as “the squeeze in ” client. The concept was to create a relaxed atmosphere for men. To have a place to have a conversation and connect, get a good style or complete makeover in a comfortable place they feel they don’t have to be rushed out of. The experience can be expected to be professional, cool and relaxed. An opportunity to leave with a simple, trendy or fashion-forward look.
How did you come up with the logo?
That’s a long story with a few trials. I have to give the credit to my graphic designer Sarah Reny, she pretty much took all the scribbles and random ideas and made this logo work. She knew how to make it an extension of me. Masculine with soft edges and tattoo like. I love how she took the straight blade and made it the shape of a V for Vintage Throne.
I love the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, James Dean – there was something about their style – the way they carried themselves – it was so put together. What is it about that old Hollywood era that appeals to you?
I feel the same way, those gentlemen, exuded confidence and the definition of a man’s man. From clean hands, polished shoes and well groomed hair. The details of their style is what attracted fans from all over and influenced infinite class. I appreciate that, and today’s man is starting to show those classic attributes with a twist. Those are my clients.
There seems to be a revival of the old time barbershop. Why do you think that is?
There was a time where men spent a lot time and effort on themselves and anything that was once a pivotal movement repeats itself in history. I believe this is the time for a man to take back the few minutes a day to pay attention to himself. It’s therapeutic and with the demand of society today – a man needs to unwind. Their health depends on it. It’s about wellness, and at Vintage Throne it’s one hot towel a time.
What makes a great haircut?
Communication and trust.
Tell your barber/stylist where you work, what you do for fun, where you go on the weekends, how you wear your hair, whether you put product in it every day, and anything else you think might be helpful. Essentially, you want your barber to understand who you are, so that they are able to give you a service that will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle and reflect your personality.
What is the secret to a good shave?
One of the best parts of a barbershop straight razor shave are the amount of hot towels the barber presses on your face. It’s so insanely relaxing. There’s also a practical reason for this classic ritual: the heat from the towel softens up your beard so the barber can give you a nice, close, comfortable shave. A finishing ointment such as an aftershave balm is a must.
What are some of your favorite men’s hair care products?
I’m really enjoying Hippie Killer Styling Pomade and Peppermint Tea Tree Hair & Body Wash by Crown Shaving Co. to maintain great skin and hair. I especially use and have been for years, Craft Clay, Microfiber Web, Texturizer Gel and Gel Forte by Sebastian Professional. These are top line professional products that are reliable and consistent in quality. They actually do, what they’re meant to do.
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