Chris affectionately describes his story as “a journey from Hackney to Harrods”.
He began his career working at a barber shop in Tottenham, shortly after moving to the resident barbers in Selfridges. In 1999, Chris entered the British Hairdressing Awards and won the Barber of the Year, he then earned the accolade for the two successive years, after which he was inducted into the Barbering Hall of Fame. At this point, his career took a turning point; these achievements really cemented the idea in his head that he wanted to make a disruption in the industry, and make people really take notice of barbering.
Having built up a wealth of experience working with some of the industry’s strongest names, Chris then shifted his focus to generating momentum towards this disruption. He then went onto write the UK’s first column around barbering and giving the craft the recognition that it deserved. From there, he progressed onto work on independent projects to include editorials, leading the creative direction for London Fashion Week’s largest ever men’s show for Oswald Boateng OBE, and feature films such as Suicide Squad.
One of Chris’ crowning achievements has been opening his own academy where he mentors new talent coming through the ranks, while sharing his skillset with his clients at The Refinery as Artistic Director, where he specialises across barbering, hair colour and shaves.