THE CUT THROAT BARBER SHOPDecember 15, 2014
Ever since the primitive man first put up a mirror and took a sharpened piece of flint to his hunting buddy’s hair, the humble Barbershop has acted as a male sanctuary. In his barber’s, a man could escape the world, get his follicular matters seen to, and find mutual understanding among the clippers and combs.
One such establishment is Amsterdam’s Cut Throat barbershop. Located in the famous De Wallen red light district, the shop is home to a highly experienced collective of clipper artistes and baristas, serving up sharp haircuts, beard trims and fine coffee for the gentlemen of Amsterdam.
We caught up with Tom Sadd, the barbershop’s co-founder, to gather some solid male maintenance tips…
UO: Tell us a bit about Cut Throat?
TOM: Cut Throat Barber and Coffee combines a world class barber shop with quality antipodean style barista made coffee. We have hand-picked our barbers from around the world and they bring unparalleled experience to the Netherlands. It is an experience designed for men, by men. Cut Throat was never about a look or a trend- it was about creating a place where we would want to hang out ourselves.
UO: What inspired you to open a Cut Throat Barbershop here in Amsterdam?
T: We first came up with the concept living in Melbourne, Australia seven years ago and considered many locations. Amsterdam came up trumps for several reasons; we could speak English here, there was very little quality in the market at that in time- both in terms of Barbers and Coffee, and most importantly, Amsterdam is just such a liveable city.
UO: How important do you think it is for a man to be well groomed?
T: Well it’s not for us to prescribe what is important and what isn’t. But what we do feel is that a lot of guys take pride in being well groomed. One of the biggest kicks we get is seeing guys faces light up when they see their finished hair cut or beard trim in the mirror.
UO: What’s the secret to a well groomed beard?
T: Well you need to stay on top of it, make sure the stragglers don’t get away on you. It’s also to think about what suits your face, haircut and your growth pattern. Even just tidying up the lines can sometimes make a big difference.
UO: Have there been any, er, cut throat incidents?
T: We are proudly fatality free.