Following All The Kings Men in North Melbourne and Dr Follicles Barber Shop in Fitzroy, barber Cat Moodie has renovated a vintage Melbourne space on High Street, Thornbury to bring the classic barbershop experience deep into the north. She has recreated the atmosphere found in the classic barbershops that once peppered Fitzroy and Brunswick’s main thoroughfares.
Moodie offers a genuine alternative to the overly precious experience that tends to mark contemporary men’s hairdressing. Having cut her teeth in the industry for over a decade, Moodie gives special mention to her training under a now retired 70-year-old gentleman at a once well-known Smith Street barbershop.
Whether you want a rockabilly do or just a vintage cut, Moodie doesn’t want to overcomplicate things. Using the more traditional techniques such as clippers-over-comb and sectional cutting, she intends to provide the discerning man with a more classical and masculine style. Citing inspiration from the styles prevalent in the 1950s, Moodie’s approach conjures images of the simplicity and purpose of working men post-war – the styles clearly apparent in Paul Thomas Anderson’s recent film The Master.
For a mere $25 Moodie will cut your hair, towel the back of your neck and shave it smooth with a switchblade, completing the look and experience of yore.
The barbershop is fitted authentically with vintage Belmont barber chairs specially imported from the U.S. The interior is predominantly Brunswick green, with cute tinsel fixtures adorning the entire shop and with no furniture or fittings younger than you are.
Lords of the North don’t take bookings, but if you turn up, Moodie and her trusty cockatiel Milton will always be happy to make you shipshape.
Lords of the North
895 High Street, Thornbury
(03) 9484 9639
Thurs & Fri 11am–7pm