Set up by business partners Bertus and Leen in 2010, Schorem (Dutch slang for scumbag) Haarsnijder & Barbier specialises in classic cuts and hot towel shaves. The shop’s approach to male grooming is distinctly no-frills, traditional with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. As co-founder Bertus (a.k.a The Bloody Butcher) explains, at Schorem there are “no cappuccinos, no high and lowlights or more products than your girlfriend”. Instead, there is a menu of 12 classic styles to choose from (pompadours and flattops are among the most popular) and customers are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The establishment operates a men-only policy, reverting back to the historical roots of the barbershop as an all-male social space.
With its traditional décor, walking through Schorem’s doors feels like stepping back in time. Its team of barbers, dressed in classic white barber smocks, are impeccably groomed and heavily tattooed. “There are absolutely no standards that we use to hire people, usually we know the moment a guy walks into the shop,” Bertus says, “it has to do with passion and respect for the trade, social skills and having a bit of scumbag blood flowing through their veins”. INFRINGE caught up with Bertus to find out more.