Properly, it’s been fairly a 12 months for everybody concerned with Braid Barbers. It solely looks as if yesterday that David, Rob and myself sat down in The Solar pub in Hardingstone to debate making an attempt out a number of new advertising concepts for the enterprise.
An enormous bonus in creating our social media campaigns was clearly Rob’s superb images expertise. A eager journey photographer for over 10 years, his aggressive spirit is what actually helped launch the Braid model on-line, as that man refuses to be overwhelmed by anybody at something! Fortunately, he’s misplaced his edge on the squash courtroom although, so now you recognize his achilles heel!
I first realised that we could possibly be onto one thing particular when Rob despatched me this image beneath. The entire composition of the shot with the background and the temper actually blew me away. This was within the very early days of the Braid social media marketing campaign, so this gorgeous shot solely acquired 48 Instagram likes!
For me, the image above was like a lightbulb went off and I feel the identical occurred for Rob too. Out of the blue everybody across the firm began to get an actual buzz from what we had been as much as. In any case, social media provides the world a chance to see your work, so you need to ensure that each lower is on level. Similar to one beneath, which was a little bit of a recreation changer for us.
Out of the blue we had been pondering outdoors the field, because the artistry used to create the hair matched that of the images themselves. The haircut above was when lots of people on social media stood up and took discover of what Braid Barbers had been all about; critically fashionable haircuts introduced immaculately. It additionally first introduced us to the eye of Fashionable Barber Journal, who requested us to create a characteristic on how we created this type.
All of our fashions are Braid Barber clients, although that doesn’t imply we aren’t keen to suppose outdoors the field once we see one thing particular! For instance, the man beneath was minding his personal enterprise filling up his automotive with petrol when Rob noticed him, did a U-turn and provided him a free beard trim and an image. We didn’t contact the hair this time although; that may have been a step too far!
Throughout 2015 we additionally moved premises to our new house contained in the Milton Keynes Procuring Centre at 769 Midsummer Boulevard. The brand new store provided David a improbable new clean canvas to work his inside design magic on and I feel it’s honest to say he did a improbable job.
The workers and clients all appeared to like the brand new decor and the all spherical vibe of the store, merging a contemporary really feel with extra conventional components. New college meets old skool!
An attention-grabbing flip of occasions in 2015 was when our common buyer and very long time mannequin Ross Smith entered the Apothecary87 beard competitors. We helped him put collectively his hair, beard and entry image with the tremendous gifted Kim Hardy Images. After pondering we had completed second, Ross ended up profitable the entire thing and was featured in FHM Journal for December alongside Cristiano Ronaldo!
We additionally had the Japanese Rugby staff pop into our Leamington Spa retailer for a trim after that they had simply shocked the planet by defeating South Africa in one of many greatest World Cup upsets in rugby historical past.
We had been fortunate sufficient to have our work regrammed and retweeted by a number of the greatest hair product firms on this planet, with Rob placing collectively these collages for our finish of 12 months Finest Haircuts of 2015.
Plus, in fact it wouldn’t be Braids and not using a showcase of a number of the critically magnificent beards that we’ve labored on all through 2015. It’s been like a lumberjack’s paradise in retailer and this allowed us to create our Finest Beards of 2015!
As you’ll be able to see, 2015 has been fairly the journey for everybody concerned with Braid Barbers. We’ve heaps extra thrilling stuff within the pipeline for the New Yr, so don’t overlook to observe us on Fb, Instagram and Twitter for all the most recent cuts, information and views from the store flooring and past.
Due to all of the workers and clients who’ve made this 12 months so particular for us. We couldn’t have performed it with out your continued assist and right here’s wishing you all a really Joyful New Yr.
Roll on 2016, we’re coming to get ya!