With his barber business, studio and gallery space, education programme, and art and design work, Julius Caesar has found several ways to both unleash and unify his creativity and entrepreneurialism. 18 years ago, the Bay Area native started cutting his family’s hair to help his mother with household expenses. “Being the budget-friendly mom she was, every dollar was counted to make sure we were good at home. I started cutting my dad, grandfather, little brother and myself routinely, which allowed for funds to be allocated to other things we needed around the house.” But what originated as a chore-like objective, quickly blossomed into one of many career paths for Caesar, “The moment I picked up a hair clipper, I instantly fell in love with the process.”
Based in LA for the past eight years, Caesar’s schedule sees him meeting hair clients three days of the week, which frees up time to venture into fashion, starting a hair education programme, co-creating a grooming goods company, painting, and running a creative hub and gallery space. When he isn’t working, which can’t be often, Caesar enjoys thrifting and scouring flea markets for treasures, or visiting local museums and galleries whenever work takes him to a different city. “I’ve recently gotten back into painting on canvas using mixed media (after a 14-year hiatus) amongst other mediums including jewellery design.”
It’s evident that Julius Caesar’s unbound creativity energises his various enterprises, but it’s the attention to detail that first caught my eye; crisp design lines shaved with an unshakable confidence, and slick colour combinations and placements that feel innovative and on trend. We spoke to Caesar about the evolution of his career, why barbering is a lifestyle, and his most memorable haircut to date.