At first glance, Blind Barber looks like a simple two-chair barbershop. The frontage is unassuming, with a modest red ‘barber shop’ logo painted across the window. Inside, whitewashed brick walls give the shop a clean and modern aesthetic, while additions like the ornate barber chairs hail back to the idea of a traditional barbershop. But there is more to Blind Barber than meets the eye. At the back of the shop, concealed behind a scuffed metal door, is a secret speakeasy bar. Dimly lit, with an opulent oak bar and intimate booths, it provides a stark contrast to the bright, ‘no frills’ look of the barbershop. And while the shop itself closes at 9pm, the bar stays open until the early hours.
Blind Barber was launched in 2010 in New York’s East Village by friends Adam Kirsch, Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd. Frustrated with the lack of creativity in their professions, together they developed the distinctive concept for Blind Barber. They have since added branches in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, as well as a concession in iconic New York department store Barneys. With a newly launched product line which is available in Japan and the UK, we’ll bet you’ll be seeing a lot more of Blind Barber. We met co-owner Adam Kirsch at their original East Village location.