Fife Barber Honoured with Grand Master Barber Title


After many years of dedication to his craft, Tony Haresign, the owner of Esquire Barbershop in Anstruther, Fife, has become the first barber in Scotland to be awarded the title of Grand Master Barber.

Following a stringent examination process, the British Master Barbers Alliance agreed that Tony met and exceeded the skill, professionalism and dedication to the craft of barbering needed, to be awarded the Grand Master Barber title.

“It has taken a huge amount of hard work and commitment to barbering to get to where I am and I feel truly honoured to be recognized in this way,” he said.

The criteria to achieve the level of Grand Master Baber is extremely high and candidates must prove that they are not only extremely skilled technical barbers but that they run professional businesses that are the future reputation of British barbering.

Tony Copeland of the BMB was eager to highlight the importance of Tony’s award, “The criteria and examination process is so tough that few barbers come up to the mark. 

“Currently, there are very few Grand Master Barbers so to be the very first one in Scotland is a major accolade.”

For those that know Tony, few will be surprised that he has been given this title. 

Starting as an apprentice at the age of 15, he has stayed committed to men’s hair for over 30 years.

An innovator and creative force, Tony has cut hair in every conceivable place from beaches to big stages and uses his unique vision to create innovative and exciting photographic collections.

His desire to offer the gentlemen of the East Neuk of Fife a high-end barbering experience led to Tony opening Esquire Barbershop in 2011. 

Since then it has become the go-to place for precision cuts, luxury shaves and beard trims. 

Offering online booking, cold beers, quirky books and cool movies, Esquire Barbershop is renowned for offering a barber experience not normally seen outside of the major cities.

Always pushing the artistic boundaries, Tony continually creates collections published in trade and fashion magazines across the world and is in demand to show his skills at many of the industry’s biggest hair events.

He is also a keen advocate of education and visits colleges, salons and barbershops across the UK, offering inspirational barbering education to the next generation of professional barbers.

Represented by one of the hair industries top agents, Five Point Alliance, Tony’s work, creativity and barbering vision, is now being shared with an ever-larger global audience.

Tony’s skill and dedication to barbering has made him a worthy recipient of the title British Grand Master Barber, an award which will add to his already growing clutch of accolades.

The British Master Barbers Alliance is an organization dedicated to the raising of standards and promoting the best of British barbering.

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