Escaping into the Italian-inspired barbershop
The all-new Italianinspired barbershop, Barberia Italiana Gents Salon, is a new Esquire favourite
YOUR HAIR LOOKS NICE. Did you just have it done?” compliments my wife. I am taken a little aback. I sit in silence for a beat too long before responding with a somewhat suspicious “Yes… thank you”. You see, it’s not that a new haircut is a bad thing or a highly guarded secret, but more that
I could not remember the last time my wife offered praise for a haircut I’d had. I was flummoxed. What did she want?
As it turns out, nothing. She was genuinely in favour of the new trim. As was I. And although I do like to revel in a complement,
I can take little credit for it — it was the work of Mo, a rather talented barber at the recently opened Barberia Italiana Gent’s Salon in Dubai Marina.
Barberia Italiana is yet another addition to the booming men’s barbershop scene in the UAE, where a new ultra-stylish and leather-sofa-clad salon seemingly pops up every month in an attempt to woo a growing audience of trend-savvy, athleisurewearing men on the hunt for a new fade.
The second of two properties (the original being in Dubai’s Mercato Mall, and a third being planned for DIFC later this year), Barberia
Italiana is the brainchild of Vincenzo Spina, a young and ambitious Tuscan who moved to Dubai having opened branches in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia and his hometown of Cremona. Noticing an upturn in men happy to spend more on their upkeep, he wanted to create a comfortable space where men can enjoy a more upmarket “Italian-style” of service with their grooming experience.
To be honest we’re not entirely sure what makes it a particularly ‘Italian’ experience, but the ambiance is chilled, the barbers (most of whom are Arab) are fun (and stylish) and the espresso is on point. Oh, and according to my wife (and her brand new shoes), the haircuts are pretty good, too.