#NewYearNewMe, or as we say (any excuse to catch up with social ambassador and Head Barber at Murdoch London, Oran Lasocki) #NewYearNewHaircut… right?
We call by Oran’s shop this week to discuss menswear fashion inspirations and as someone who spends more than 12 hours a day on his feet, his expectations from a decent pair of men’s leather shoes.
How did you get into barbering?
I started barbering in 2014 after studying for my NVQ Level 2 in Barbering that I received from The London School of Barbering. I’ve always had an interest in men’s hair, fashion and style, so this is the industry I felt I could really thrive in and express my creative instincts. I find I’ve been able to really develop my own sense of style while working in this industry – just one of the things I love about working as a barber.
What do you think makes a successful barber?
When they are happy with their job, with the work they’re producing and have loyal clients. People may think it’s down to becoming well known and having celebrity clients but, for me, it’s just about being happy and keeping my clients happy.
How important is it to be sociable in your job?
It’s vital that I’m sociable with what I do to make sure I understand what my client is looking for and to come up with the best solution and end product for what they want. Being sociable is also important to network with other new and experienced barbers or hairdressers for future projects and bouncing ideas off each other.
What’s your overall aim when someone new sits in your barber seat?
I aim to get an idea of what they’re looking to achieve – if it’s manageable within the first appointment or if it’s a work in progress – and give them an estimate time of how long it’ll take. I want to make sure they leave my chair with a better knowledge of their hair and most importantly I hope to see them leave happy and return.
You clearly like fashion. Where do you look for inspiration?
I look for inspiration everywhere, from reading magazines like Esquire to Instagram to the streets of London.
How would you describe your style?
I’m not sure there’s an easy way to describe it. I take note of current trends and previous ones and try putting combinations together. I love having one piece being somewhat outspoken, for example I’ll be wearing all black, black shirt, black trousers but possibly white or baby blue socks to go with my Anatomic & Co Tucano Brogues. This will draw subtle attention to my shoes without going overboard.
What do you look for when buying a new pair of shoes?
Firstly I look for individuality: if it’s the colour, the brogue pattern, the colour of the sole, something that stands out from the rest, and then I will make sure they are comfortable. This is very important to me as I’m always on my feet and I always walk around to get places. Comfort is key.
Describe Anatomic & Co shoes in three words.
Comfort, classic, gentleman.
What does being ‘in good company’ mean to you?
It’s very important to me as it means I am surrounded by the people I love and get on with the most, allowing me and everyone else to exchange stories and news.