”A Barber’s place of work is known as a “Barber Shop” or a “Barber’s”. Barber shops are also places of social interaction and public discourse. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity.”
Rag & Bone, a baby to the established New Town scene in Edinburgh, opened its doors just before Christmas by two guys with years of experience setting out on their own and perhaps delving into something of the unknown.
A friend told me to check these guys out, he said they have a great shop, a friendly vibe but also they had something that sets them above most ‘new-age’ barber shops. I want to let you guys know exactly what that was! So I caught up with Jamie and Rob proprietors of Rag & Bone just to give you a little insight into their world.
Tell us about your background and how Rag & Bone started?
Myself and Rob started in ladies hairdressing 10 years ago. I was in a well-known Edinburgh salon, Cheynes and Rob was in Technique hair design. After extensive training and a few years of doing ladies hairdressing we both left and started in Boombarbers. We worked there for 6 years and decided we where ready to start our own brand, so we took the leap and Rag & Bone was born. The name stems from one of the two founders Grandfather. His working class background was a ‘Rag & Bone Man’, where he would walk, or ride on a Horse and Cart collecting peoples unwanted household items, such as rags, bones and various metals to sell on and earn his keep. Rag & Bone Barber Shop is a nod to the family heritage.
There’s loads of new age barbers out there, what sets you out from the rest?
I think what separates us from the rest is our timelessness, we aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, nor to do we conform to a “niche” trend of the moment. We are trying to create a place for everyone, no pretentious attitudes or domineering atmospheres. Just a cool, fun and professional barbershop where all are welcome!
What’s your biggest pet peeve about cutting men’s hair?
Our biggest pet peeve about barbering has to be the cut hair! It goes everywhere, (I won’t mention it all, but you can imagine!), we literally leave covered! Keeping the shop tidy is constant as there’s always hair to clean up! Haha…
Do you prefer guys to know what they want or do you encourage them to let you take the reigns?
I think if you have a rough idea what you want then great. All our stylists are trained to a high level and can give their expert advice, but we are happy to follow someone’s guidelines to ensure absolute customer satisfaction!
Was it always the dream to own your own place?
Yes 100% it has always been the dream to have our own place. Being quite creative in your job dictates that your mind is always wandering, always coming up with ideas for shop designs and logos etc. I think having something to call your own that you work so hard on is pretty cool too. Plus being your own boss is awesome, you definitely work harder, but the reward is far more greater!
Now that your open and established, whats next for Rag & Bone?
We have currently launched the first batch of t-shirts in our apparel range and have just signed a deal for our own styling product range! Eventually another shop will happen, hopefully in the near future! Watch this space!!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Plan, plan, plan! Know your product inside out and the market your pitching to. Speak to as many people who have done what you’re planning, knowledge is power! Never stop educating yourself!
These guys are top notch, they give you the best cut and the best banter and they really know what they are doing. The passion oozes from Jamie and Rob, so its safe to say, that even though I have had a few barbers over the years cut my hair, I must say these guys are a CUT above the rest. Its refreshing to see creative talent where you least expect it, so I would definitely recommend checking out their awesome video ads and booking yourself in for a cut.
You can head online to Rag & Bone Website
103 Dundas Street, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 556 8200