Open Barbers is a hairdressing service for all lengths, genders and sexualities, co-directed by Greygory Vass and Felix Lane. We are a registered Social Enterprise (community interest company number 9335422)
Our dedicated salon at 4 Clunbury Street, London, N1 6TT opened on Tuesday 3rd May 2016, and alongside hairdressing we offer a social space to have tea, meet others, read zines, and hang out. The renovation was part funded by the generosity of our clients and supporters through our crowdfunding campaign. If you would like to offer ongoing support to you can do so through our Patreon.
Open Barbers offer a personalised and warm haircutting experience with a queer and trans friendly attitude. We celebrate the diversity of human beings by offering haircuts that are free of gendered language, that promote people to be in control of their appearance, and that give people the chance to have a haircut that is more in line with their identity or preferred style. Anyone is welcome, including friends to come for a haircut or just hang out. To help make our space comfortable for everyone, please read our safer spaces policy.
Open Barbers are currently collaborating with 4 part-time stylists. Richard Houguez has been hairdressing since 2011, he/they work 3 days a week at Open Barbers and is also an artist with a combined hairdressing practice. Rachael Young has been hairdressing since she was 16 and is a practicing artist. Mable Cable is our colourist with 15 years experience! We also have our first trainee Atlas Corsini, who qualified in barbering in 2016 and is starting out by offering basic short haircuts. Plus we are happy to welcome Graham Jones of Fringe Movement who will be at Open Barbers every Sunday and is also offering home visits.
Open Barbers also hosts additional services in our back room delivered by external freelance professionals. Current services include therapy and massage. See here for more information on collaborators hosted by Open Barbers.
Open Barbers was founded in March 2011 by Greygory, and Klara Vanova, where it began as a pop-up, before moving into an evening space at Chaps and Dames, where it went on to run full time in the back room. They were joined by Felix in September 2011. Between 2008 and 2011, Greygory ran a self organised Queer Haircut Exchange scheme and in 2011 studied at the London Hair Academy. In 2013 Greygory and Felix completed an NVQ level 2 in Hairdressing at City and Islington College. Co-founder of Open Barbers, Klara Vanova, now works as Barberette in her own space in Hackney Downs.
Open Barbers have taken part in many events at festivals, conferences, galleries, and performance nights, and we often collaborate with artists and LGBTQ groups. We are developing training workshops around LGBTQ inclusion for teachers and students of hairdressing. Please contact us if you are interested in having our training at your college.
4 Clunbury Street, London, N1 6TT
Telephone: 07546 017849