Celebrating 1 0 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Years With Blind Barber
Blind Barber opens in the East Village. An idea that Jeff had written on a piece of paper comes to life thanks to some handshakes and Josh and Adam’s killer experience in the F&B world.
The minute the doors opened, we knew we were onto something. Friends came through, parties were thrown and a brand was born.
Ideas are real things with real energy. You just need to have the right ingredients to bring them to life: hard work, passion, honesty and most importantly, great friends. see video
One from the esteemed Frank Bruni for the Tipsy Diaries in the New York Times.
We scored 3 New York Times pieces in a week.
“The Blind Barber is sure to become one of the city’s premiere destinations, attracting locals, creatives and the adventurous to the downtown area.”
And then we danced.
Blind Barber was always meant to be a place of community and creativity.
Our first Head Barber, Gogy Esparza, took the reins and directed our first video which was premiered on Hypebeast. 🎥 by Atif Ateeq.
Featuring: Aj the Barber, Curtis Kulig, Richard Haines, 40oz Van, Dice the God, Bosco, Eric Poon, MeLo-X. see video
So this happened ...
T.O. joins us for a Charity Event
and ends up wearing our watchcap collab with Reason Clothing. Also, Sammy Sweetheart from Jersey Shore was in the spot.
We decided to take the party outdoors during our second Summer by co-hosting THE rooftop BBQ of the year (miss ya roomie). see video
Time flies right? Just like that, a year passes.
So we do what we do best and round up the squad for another dance party for our 1-year anniversary of BB EV: Theophilus London and a surprise performance from fellow NYU alumni & maybe the most talented person on the planet, Donald Glover. Pure magic. see video
Who better to help launch new work-styles from Dockers than the barbers behind the chairs. Dockers featured the Blind Barber crew in their Alpha Khaki campaign shot by Cass Bird.
We did our first pop up at Project NYC.
Sat down with Marcus Troy to talk about how it all felt. We built this whole set up by hand (it was actually too big to fit through the door so we had to cut it in half and put back together once inside).
This was a big step for us, bringing our brand into the lifestyle & fashion realm.
Mac Miller Shoots "Smile Back" at BB EV FULL VIDEO
We were fans before and even bigger fans after we had the chance to meet this incredible person. This will forever be a cherished moment; allowing us to be a part of his artistry.
A cut, a conversation and a beer in the back with Frederick Bouchardy of Joya brings our first product to life: Tompkins Scented Candle by Blind Barber x JOYA Studios.
Through some stroke of luck Milk Studios asked us to take over their top floor bar for Fashion Week in NYC; providing cuts and drinks as the shows went on.
Guests including Common, Jenne Lombardo, Wu Tang and Mazdak Rassi.
Took the Shop + the Bar and bottled them up.
Blind Barber launches its first complete product line.
Two years in and adventure was calling our names.
So we packed up the car, drove across country and found a second home in Culver City, CA.
Back in NYC The Drums stopped by BB in the East Village
And to top off the year, we get to give a beard trim to arguably the greatest hip hop artist of all time, Andre 3000 – in the middle of Times Square.
Look good, feel good. Wallpaper named our pomade Best in Design.
In April of 2013, we launched the Blind Barber: Stay Handsome series with a print advertisement of undefeated professional boxer Chris Algieri, which appeared in the most recent issue of Bullett Magazine. Although only one image went to print, Photographer Dan McMahon also captured Chris in a timeless series of photos leading up to and throughout Chris's most challenging fight to date against Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO Title where he becomes champ!
Sports and Barbershops go together like peanut butter and jelly so it was natural for us to head over to the ESPYs in 2013 and clean up the greatest athletes of the year for ESPN
Fall Classic 1 - Blind Barber teamed up with Alex Maier, Rob Wilce, Fohr, Nike, and Men's Fashion Week to put on a 5v5 basketball game where we showed that the shop doesn't just debate basketball greats but can hoop too. Took home the W!
What started as a small passion project slowly started to gain traction in the industry. Blind Barber products named Best of Beauty by Allure Magazine.
Challenging us to a walk-off?
Blind Barber was tapped for some Fashion Week Styling for Mark McNairy
Another year and another trade show pop up.
This time we had a hand in designing the entire experience with The Drugstore at Liberty Fairs.
Let's run it back. Fashion Week - McNairy - Travis Scott. ’Nuff said.
We crossed the bridge to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and unveiled our second New York location: a quaint coffee shop with a barbershop in the back. It was the same cafe where the original business plan was written.
Sad to say, but after 4 hard-but-fun-but-kinda-stressful years, Brooklyn inevitably met its downfall and closed up shop.
No time for any woe-is-us though.
We picked ourselves up and turned our first roadblock into a hard-earned lesson, dialing in on future expansion plans.
A core focus of Blind Barber is to continuously find ways to give back.
In May of 2014, we teamed up with Movember and built a barbershop at their office in Culver City and donated proceeds to charity. Full Video
Blind Barber goes to Sundance to cut some hair for the movie industry's up & comers. Full Video
Hung out with one of the world's best athletes - Miles Chamley Watson.
When a simple idea and good energy brings you across the globe to meet and share your passions with new friends, you know there is something special happening.
In November of 2015, we boarded a plane and took our show on the road to launch Blind Barber products in Japan.
Knickerbocker Mfg x BB Watchcap Collab
We lived around the block from each other in Bushwick, grabbed coffee together and sipped on a bunch of beers. It was only a matter of time we'd find a way to partner up. Everyone has a bad hair day right? Full Video
Third time's a charm. Blind Barber is tasked with styling the Deveaux Fashion Show.
Be the first full barber shop to plant a flag in Barneys New York? Sure.
For 4 years we provided the same good vibes as our shops in LA and NY inside of Barney's. Good times while they lasted.
The food, friends and culture were just too fuckin' cool not to return so we hopped on the plane and headed back to Japan for a pop up with Merican Barber Shop and our Everlast Collaboration.
The World Tour continues: Blind Barber heads to Mexico City to unveil our good friends' new shop Uncommon Projects! (Miss ya Monika, Carolina, Yoshua and Max)
And then it happened. The brilliant & hilarious Dave Chappelle came through (with friends) and performed an intimate show alongside our good friends and incredible talents from the Secret Show. Full Video
We double-eagled the bogey and par for the course, popped up at The Masters to give all the best golfers in the world a fresh cut for the back 9.
In 2010, a guy from North Carolina named Rob Wilce takes a trip to NYC, walks into the East Village Blind Barber to get a cut and meets the squad.
Fast-forward 7 years, Rob has moved to Chicago, is friends with our friend Alex Maier, and both become best buds with the BB team so they say, “You know, Chicago would be a great spot for a BB right?”
We said, “Well, we need someone there to run the joint who gets it and will make it their own.” After a few more handshakes and hi-fives, we built the new spot with them. Rob becomes our partner and creates the highest-volume BB to date.
Friends man, it’s all about making friends.
From Russia with love: Blind Barber is invited to demonstrate our techniques at one of the premier conventions in the world.
The tour continues: Blind Barber heads out to Shanghai to launch our product line in China!
On a tree-lined Highland Park street, surrounded by incredible local businesses, Blind Barber opened up shop, threw some parties, cut some hair and found another nook to call home.
The man, the hair god, the legend, Philadelphia Phillies superstar player, Bryce Harper joined Blind Barber in March of 2018. How'd we announce?
We made a capsule collection, hosted an event, raised some money for a good cause and won the MVP award of Advertising, a CLIO by tricking the entire internet in collaboration with our friends at DYSON.
Rumor has it the Clio replaced his actual MVP trophy on the mantel and he still uses two Dyson hairdryers when he gets ready.
Can't stop, won't stop. Blind Barber opens up at the Moxy Hotel in Times Square.
I mean, we just can't get enough.
We hopped back on the plane and headed back to one of our favorite places on the planet, Japan, to re-release the product line and to grab some ramen from our favorite spot.
Chicago does it again. Honored to collaborate with the infamous and inspirational RSVP Gallery on an event and merch.
A few years ago, we were fortunate to have the Arlo Hotels request to carry our line as the exclusive amenity in their NYC hotels.
Those little cuties being stocked in hotel rooms was the start of a great relationship. When they took over the Nautilus Hotel in Miami, they asked us and our new partner Max Pierre to build the BB concept in their new space, so we did.
In collaboration with Philadelphia native and designer Jeremy Dean, Blind Barber launched a series of classic "shop tees".
Having designed the merchandise for Dead & Co., John Mayer, Rolling Stones and others, Jeremy said these Blind Barber tees were "Inspired by old signs, and classic typography you might see in a classic barber shop, updated for 2019. Classic, comfortable, reliable but still cool."
Philly is a city close to our hearts and childhood homes.
Josh (Trenton), Jeff (South Jersey) and Matt (Philly) all grew up crushing cheesesteaks and rooting for our hometown teams. Arriving in Philly meant bringing Blind Barber home to our parents, siblings and lifelong friends. Now our moms don’t just post about BB on their Facebook walls, they can enjoy a night out with friends at our spot. And, yes, Bryce signed with the Phillies.
Bryce Signs with The Phillies and we name a cut "The Bryce"
Zion got a cut at our shop in Chicago for NBA All Star Weekend.
So, here we are, 10 years later still doing what we love: hanging with friends, feeling good, giving slick cuts and dancing the nights away (mostly on zoom parties right now but hey, we'll take it). And to think, all of this from a simple beer with a haircut. Here's to the next 10 years. Stay Handsome.
Oh and one last thing, we made a T-Shirt that you can purchase from our store to celebrate with us.
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