Founder and Chief Barber Nick Downie has refined the art of keeping things simple, a trait that has made All the King’s Men’s first home on Errol Street rather popular.
Downie opened All the King’s Men after a long tenure at Fitzroy barber of distinction, Dr Follicles, working from the simple brief that he open the kind of place where he would like to get his hair cut. His penchant for antique barber’s accoutrements, cheerful Día de los Muertos skeletons, tasteful taxidermy, soul, hip-hop and the odd spot of metal slipping from the speakers, means that many others want to be there too.
Because getting a haircut on a Saturday can be like queuing for a cafe down the road, Downie has a spacious studio with a waiting room, another couple of chairs and posters of Italian movie stars.
Music is the most important element according to Downie, who’s only encouraging the street-party vibe by inviting DJ’s to select on Saturday afternoons.
Haircuts are $27.50 and buzz cuts are $15 (as is a tidy-up between proper cuts). There are no appointments, so you’ll just have to show up and wait your turn, like everyone else.