Brian has followed Schorem Haarsnijder & Barbier since the early days of their set up. Admiring their work and marveling at their high standards of their signature cuts.

When the guys announced that they would be opening a small independent barber academy where their techniques that they practice in Schorem everyday would be taught, Brian just had to get a place on the course.

The courses started at the end of September 2014 and Brian secured a place on the advanced barbering course in November, where over 3 days barbers and hairdressers can perfect their barbering skills.


Brian traveled to Rotterdam and stayed at the Citizen M Hotel where for the next 3 days he embarked on the advanced course. At The Old School the Schorem crew promise to teach, motivate and inspire fellow barbers with the goal of taking men’s hairdressing right back to the high level where it belongs. And they did not disappoint. Brian said, “It’s an unbelievable set up. Hours before the main Schorem shop opens there are guys queuing up to get into the shop to get a haircut or shop.”

The main shop is a male only barbers and women have to wait outside the shop. Brian said the atmosphere and quality of work was second to none. And admits it was like nothing he had ever experienced.

In the Old School Academy, Bertus and Nellis worked with the Old School students, showing them the techniques they have mastered over many years. Brian said that although he has been cutting hair for many years he most definitely picked up some invaluable tips from these masters. And said it was an absolute honour to spend time with them while they shared their skills.

The Schorem ethos is that the profession of barbering is one of the oldest in the world. The devil’s in the detail: it is a true craft, and can take a lifetime to master. We couldn’t agree more and Brian hopes to take his fellow OTBC barbers over to Rotterdam to sample the Schorem experience in the near future.

Photo Credits – pbC pixworX photography

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