May 252017
 

With thanks to Gemma Setter, PR Account Executive, Frasermedia.

Former Oil and gas worker Mark Cran undertook a barbering course at the Scottish Barbering School.

A former oil and gas worker has made the cut in a new barbering role at an Aberdeen-based luxury gents barber after being made redundant from his previous job.

Formerly a workshop technician at an oil and gas company, Marc Cran, from Insch, now works at Huntsman Barber after completing a specialist six-month course in barbering.

The 27-year-old is now a stylist at the city centre barbers, after he approached owner, Kyle Ross, on completion of the course.

Mr Cran worked in oil and gas for seven years, but lost confidence in the industry after he was made redundant from two separate companies within the space of six months. When deciding what career to pursue next, barbering immediately stood out to him, due to its creative and hands-on nature. 

To help improve his employability and skillset, he then undertook a barbering course at the Scottish Barbering School.

This involved living in Glasgow for three days a week and spending the remaining four days working at a local supermarket in Huntly.

Remarkably, he managed to juggle this heavy workload for four months without any days off, alongside looking after his two-year-old daughter. It was this hard work and dedication that impressed future employer, Mr Ross, and subsequently landed him the job at Huntsman.

Mr Cran said:

“I have really enjoyed my first couple of months at Huntsman, I am getting busier with clients every week and learning new skills on a daily basis. I am very grateful to Kyle for giving me the opportunity to progress within the barbering industry.

“It was the impact of the downturn that gave me the final push to try something different and take up a completely new career. I am actually really thankful that it did, as I am enjoying work a lot more and meeting new people every day. I get such satisfaction from seeing people leave my chair with a new-found confidence after getting their hair cut, I have never had that before.”

Mr Ross said:

“Marc is getting on really well at Huntsman, as he is both confident and competent in the role. I am very impressed with everything he has displayed so far and how quick he is to learn new skills.

“He has an eye for detail and is a complete perfectionist, which serves him very well in his new career as a barber. Our clients have really warmed to him and he is certainly a welcome addition to the Huntsman team.”

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Feb 022017
 

Owner of Hunstman barbers, Kyle Ross. Huntsman PR images.

With thanks to Gemma Setter, PR Account Executive, Frasermedia.

A young entrepreneur has invested a five-figure sum to land a new barber venture in Aberdeen.

Huntsman, a new luxury gents barbers based in the city’s Union Street, has officially opened its doors after a month-long renovation on the city centre property.

Established by managing director, Kyle Ross, the business has committed to a ten-year lease and has created three jobs, with plans to increase this in the future.

Mr Ross, 27, has almost ten years of industry experience and has worked in some of Aberdeen’s top hair salons. He now hopes to bring the innovative barbering trends that are taking bigger cities by storm to the Granite City through his new business venture.

The barbers, which is based between Union Street and Albyn Place, offers a wide range of services for the modern day man, including everything from precision cutting, hot towel shaving, beard trimming and styling, to massage treatments and waxing.

It also provides in-depth consultations to its customers, which allows them to decide on the cut and style that will best suit their face shape and hair type.

Named after the inventor of the straight razor, Huntsman is the only barbers in Aberdeen to stock stylish Hanz de Fuko hair products and is the only one north of Glasgow to offer the distinctive Brighton Beard Company products to its clients.

The 950 sq ft premises has an additional 500 sq ft basement for possible expansion. It features a stylish, contemporary interior, with a black and copper colour scheme, and has a 50” plasma TV screen dedicated to playing Sky Sports.  

Managing director of Huntsman, Kyle Ross, said:

“It was always part of my career plan to open my own place, so I’m thrilled that all the hard work has paid off and my dream has become a reality.

“I realised I had a flair for the barbering side of hairdressing and I enjoy following gents trends. It is certainly an exciting time for barbers, as there has been a dramatic change in behaviour in regards to male grooming over the past few years. Men tend to be much more image conscious and it is now all about slick haircuts and facial hair.

“I wanted to create an environment that was completely different to the walk-in barbers that most men are used to. Guys can relax in the knowledge that we will spend as much time that is needed on their hair, rather than just a quick five-minute job. We talk customers through the entire process and give them guidance on what styles would suit them best.  

“My team and I are dedicated to providing a high-quality service to everyone that walks through the door. We will be focusing on regular training, so that we can provide our clients with the most up-to-date industry knowledge.”

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Oct 132011
 

Aberdeen’s most fashionable event is coming back to make a reappearance in the great, Granite City. With thanks to Emma Noble.

S.T.A.G Studio is holding Aberdeen’s return of the Pop-Up fashion and styling event on Saturday 12th November at Korova Klub from 1pm-6pm.

The aim is to promote independent fashion designers throughout Aberdeen and connect the fabulous design talent on offer here in the city and throughout the shire.

Two fourth year fashion design students at Gray’s School of Art, Emma Noble and Toni Roddie, have set up and established S.T.A.G Studio. The company name stands for Scottish Talent and Graduates. It is a unique group dedicated to helping promote the people in Scottish fashion, whether newbies to the industry or newly graduated or established designers.

S.T.A.G Studio aims to feed the fashion industry within Aberdeen and help promote the Scottish fashion industry as a whole. They offer designers the opportunity to connect and network with like-minded folk within the city and to help build collaborations through fashion shows, photo shoots and unique fashion events.

At the Pop Up Shop the S.T.A.G. duo want to showcase new and up-and-coming fashion designers from the local community, along with vintage boutiques and jewellery designers. Delicious cupcakes are on offer from Hannah Bakes Cakes; giftware from Alison Bell; and nail and body artistry is available as part of the fashion exhibition. Plus you may even be style hunted by the in-house fashion photographer, then featured on the blog!

Once you have browsed and bought, you can sit back and have a tipple or two and perhaps even try the S.T.A.G. Cocktail, as the DJ fills the venue with music. You can even get your hair styled for free by Profile Hair of Aberdeen.

S.T.A.G Studio Pop Up Shop will be held at the Korova Klub on Bridge Street, Aberdeen on Saturday 12th November 2011, from 1pm – 6pm. Tickets cost £2, available from ONE UP, or £3 on the door.

Sep 012011
 

By Bob Smith.

Fin walkin doon the fairway
T’wis jist a fyow days syne
A gowfin freen he did declare
Decorum’s noo in decline

Decency an gweed mainners
Are less aften ti be seen
Be it in oor aingranite city
Or awa doon in Gretna Green

Nae decorum in oor dress sense
Some fowk they look like tramps
Faa hiv bin draggit backwyse
Throwe the funns ower in the Gramps

Young chiels in torn troosers
Some quines dressed like tarts
Ample bosoms are on show
Even eens  o some auld farts

A lot o skyrie heids ye see
In orange, mauve or pink
Some fowk  try their best ti be
A maist orra bliddy tink

TV soaps they dinna help
Fowk aye bawlin an yellin
Faa’s shackin up wi faa
Ye’ve  gey difficulty in tellin

Young bairns ye aften hear
Lit oot an oath or twa
Div they learn iss in the nursery
Or fae their ma or da

Car drivers hiv nae mainners
As they drive aroon oor roads
Wi road rage aa aboot ye
O twa fingers ye see load

At  maist fitba matches nooadays
Fae the stands they hurl abuse
Fin a player he maks a bad pass
Fans dinna tolerate ony excuse

Am nae sayin things war perfect
Fin ma freens an I war loons
Bit we didna ging aroon actin
Like a bunch o bliddy goons

So let’s hae some mair decorum
As we gyang aboot oor chores
Even jist sayin a thank ye
Fin a bodie huds open doors

Listen ti anithers pint o view
Withoot aye snarlin “yer wrang”
Decorum ye see costs nithing
We need decency afore ower lang

©Bob Smith “The Poetry Mannie” 2011
Image Credit: © Paul Prescott | Dreamstime.com

Aug 132011
 

Aberdeen is renowned as the Granite City and for it’s oil industry. However, there is soon to be a new connection to the city and that is fashion promotion business – S.T.A.G Studio.  Emma Noble and Toni Roddie share their plans with Aberdeen Voice.

Established by two fourth year fashion design students at Gray’s School of Art, Emma Noble and Toni Roddie have set up S.T.A.G Studio.

The company name stands for Scottish Talent and Graduates. It is a unique group dedicated to help promote Scottish fashion whether they are  newbies to the industry, newly graduated or established designers.

S.T.A.G Studio aims to feed fashion within Aberdeen and help promote the Scottish fashion industry as a whole. They offer designers the opportunity to connect and network with like-minded folk within the city and to help build collaborations through fashion shows, photo shoots and unique fashion events.S.T.A.G Studio is holding Aberdeen’s first and only unique pop-up fashion and styling event in the great granite city on Saturday 20th August at Korova Klub from 1pm-6pm. S.T.A.G. Studio is aiming to promote independent fashion design throughout Aberdeen and connect the fabulous design talent that they have to offer here in the city and throughout the shire. One half of the fashion duo, Emma Noble commented:-

“We feel there is a real lack of support in terms of Scottish fashion, with so much talent thriving amongst the city and shire we feel the best way to show off a slice of the creative flair is to showcase it at our very first pop up shop- giving you the opportunity to buy selective one off pieces directly from the designers”

 With free hair styling from Profile Hair of Aberdeen along with Harlequin Make Up Artistry and The Closet Vintage it is sure to be a packed afternoon not to be missed. Toni Roddi also commented:-

“The Pop Up Shop will create a great shopping environment which is new and fresh to the city! It will bring everything you need under one roof – fashion designers, textiles designers, vintage shops, models, photographers, make-up artists, hairdressers, stylists and much more!”

S.T.A.G Studio Pop Up Shop will be held at the Korova Klub on Bridge Street, Aberdeen on Saturday 20th August from 1pm – 6pm. Tickets cost £2, available from Korova or £3 on the door.