Dark Stag at Barberfest 2021

  • Dark Stag at Modern Barber's


    By any measure, Modern Barber’s first-ever Barberfest was a complete success.

For Dark Stag, however, things didn’t quite go as planned. When a close-contact Covid-19 warning derailed our plans to exhibit at the show, staff had to scramble to keep their plans on track.

Our recent ambassador recruits AJ Rapture and Bridey Jo were both due to take to the show’s Inspiration Stage to show off two truly modern styles on 5th July. AJ received a ‘positive’ PCR result the day before the show; the pressure was on for Bridey to represent the brand single-handedly and showcase her barbering skills in her first-ever stage show appearance.

Documented by Will Beare of Brighton Echo, Bridey made the most of the opportunity and overcame any initial nerves to present a truly modern mullet to the crowd, on her friend and model Sascha Knight. Striving to win the socially distanced crowd over with some Dark Stag merch, the Wolverhampton-based barbershop owner wowed with a unique statement cut.

Both Bridey and Sascha represent a significant shift in the industry towards equality – one championed by Modern Barber and celebrated on the day by its award winners and attendees alike. Following a year of so much uncertainty across the industry, the publisher’s canny ambition to, ‘think big by going small’ amplified its audience, and also its star-studded lineup of stage presenters. 

On the unexpected developments of the day, Dark Stag’s director Andy said, “It’s hard to explain how proud I am of Bridey.  Everything was set for us to get out and connect with barbers again after the most challenging time. Fate meant Bridey had to represent us alone.  What a performance and what a stage debut!”

The finished documentary of the show and the cut itself will be completed in the coming weeks; stay tuned to Dark Stag’s Instagram account for all developments!

Modern Barber proved that, against all odds, a safe and secure event is possible post-pandemic. Barberfest’s innovative, intimate take on the traditional tradeshow will likely serve as a blueprint for barber conventions in the future. Dark Stag looks forward to exhibiting alongside Modern Barber at Barberfests for years to come.

Bridey proudly used this product during the show:

Dark Stag DS+ Straight Barber Scissor
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DS+ Barber Scissor

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