There’s no aim too pie in the sky for the team at Cut & Sew. Owner Sean Bryan has assembled a crew of likeminded barbers ready to take over the Irish scene and they have massive plans afoot. As we prepare to revisit the gang for our upcoming special on Irish barbering, take a look back at our article from BNV5 when Cut & Sew was our Barbershop of the Month. Find out how they’ve grown in the 18 months since in the next issue…

So, we thought it was about time we found out more about this little gem.

Director Sean Bryan gave us an insight into the unique features which have made all three of Cut & Sew’s barbershops stand out from the crowd.

He said: “Temple Bar is the original shop in the basement of All City Records where we attract a slightly younger client base. It has a more intimate feel to it. It’s in a record shop so we get some famous DJs dropping in from time to time.

“Wellington Quay is what I like to call the ‘Rolls Royce’ of barbershops, with an original 1940s pool table, antiques, our own artwork and a high spec shop fit.

“Facing the River Liffey, it is a vibrant spot with quite a few unique characters popping in from time to time.”

_MG_0342Since we spoke with them they’ve opened a third ‘Blindeye Barbershop’ in George’s St. Arcade as their Dublin expansion continues and it’s proving to be just as popular as their previous efforts.

What the Cut & Sew crew really pride themselves on is their exceptional customer service and their ability to use social media to maximise exposure, contact with their clients and to ensure they have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest trends.

Sean explained: “We work by appointments – this ensures we spend the appropriate amount of time on each customer every time. We are a very young team (apart from myself at an ancient 29), so we have a friendly, relaxed feel about the shops.

“We have also been at the forefront of the social media scene, amassing a fantastic following on Instagram and for our YouTube channel.

While many barbershops flourish on the fact dedicated staff become like family, Cut & Sew take it one step further by insisting they work like a unit.

“It started as a one man show, but from the start I had a vision of becoming Ireland’s leading barbershop”, Sean explained.

“We have such a strong bond that we literally are all friends. We spend a great deal of time together and we set out goals every year with each member of the team – I’m proud to say they always achieve them. We have a mix of ex-hairdressers and traditional barbers, so you get double the knowledge and no snobbery in our shops.”

Much has been made of the thriving barber scene and the bond barbers throughout the globe have in ensuring the industry grows and is acknowledged for the hard work and creative flair behind it, but Sean feels that the Dublin scene still has a way to come on that front.

“At Cut & Sew, we focus on our own goals and surround ourselves with like-minded people who share the same passion for the craft as we do.

“There’s a lot of hate from people who are jealous and don’t like how we do it but nobody has heard of them and they’re not the type of people who will ever make a positive impact on the scene or be able to be featured in amazing magazines like this.” Flattery will get you everywhere, Sean!

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He added: “With the recently set up Irish Barber Alliance and people like Garry Spencer bringing the Barber Bash to Ireland, this already has had an amazing impact on the industry over here and hopefully will help turn things around.

“From other barbers coming from all over the country to get a haircut from us, or for some of our heroes popping in to see us while in Dublin we can already see a positive impact on the scene.”

At Cut & Sew, the team invest heavily in education.

“We do a monthly cutting course in our shop, where salon owners and barbers looking to learn our style of cutting come and get trained up.

“With nearly 10 years’ experience in cutting hair, hairdressing, and working on some of the biggest hair shows and fashion shows out there, we can cover every aspect of what makes Cut & Sew what it is. We also travel to other shops to do in-salon training all over the UK and Ireland. We use the foundations of hairdressing combined with the classic way of barbering to create our education basis.”

Think the Cut & Sew team sound interesting? You can catch up with them at Barber Connect in June.

“We attended Barber Connect last year and had an amazing time, so this year we are doing the biggest Irish stand we can get to showcase our apparel line.

“Along with one of our top barbers, Leah Hayden Cassidy, I will be cutting at the Great British Barber Bash Stand too. I really want to meet as many people as I can who have supported us on social media or inspired us in what we do. So pop over to our stand and say hello – and enjoy a beer or two too!”

With three shops now opened, what does Sean see for the future of Cut & Sew?

“The sky’s the limit. We have been building our brand for over 3 years now and we have accomplished more than we had ever imagined. Our apparel line will be really popular when we go live with our website and our aim is to open a shop in London. Maybe we can also style the cover of BarberNV as well!” We might just know someone who can make that happen…