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Celebrity barber Fabio Marques of Figaro’s in Lisbon shares secrets from his chair

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Celebrity barber Fabio Marques of Figaro’s in Lisbon shares secrets from his chair

Celebrity barber Fabio Marques of Figaro’s in Lisbon shares men’s grooming tips

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August 2019

By Harvey Gates

 
 

MEET FABIO

He’s David Beckham’s hair man, a valued member of the House and an all-round, snip-snipping, legendary superstar with a pair of scissors – and we’ve seen him create some literal masterpieces with nothing more than a comb and a dollop of our Smooth Back Shaping Pomade . Having taken an interest in barbershop culture from a young age, Lisbon-born Fabio Marques (aka @sickbarber) and his establishment, Figaro’s are an institution on the world men’s grooming scene. Here, he chats to House 99 on his journey to David Beckham’s style maker and the craziest things that have happened in his barbershop.

Q&A

Where did your interest in barbershop culture begin?

I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old, I was already hanging out in barbershops with my dad. I had one where I used to live that was downstairs from my building. I used to go to hang out with friends and play everyday - I loved the smell of it. At the age of 14 or 15 I started cutting hair regularly.

You have some pretty impressive ink! When did you get your first tattoo?

I got my first at 17, it was done in Lisbon on my hip, actually. I got a panther – I’m a big fan of felines in general. I’ve tried the Bold Statement Tattoo Moisturiser and have asked my colleagues to try it as well, it works. It’s super innovative in the sense that nothing like this has existed before. I’m excited to try it on the beach this summer when there is more sun.

What made you decide to open men’s grooming barbershop, Figaro’s?

All the barbershops were closing in Portugal and there wasn’t a barbershop tradition anymore. I realised I could do something for the city and the concept was inspired by old school barbershops from the 40s and 50s.

How did you and David Beckham start working together?

It was 2016, if I’m not mistaken. We shot a commercial in my shop here in Lisbon and that was when we met and started working together.

What have been some of your career highlights so far?

Mainly that, as a barber I’m also an educator. All the barbers that work at my shop, they all started there. I did not hire ready-made barbers, so it’s kind of a school. Besides being a school that educates barbers from other barbershops, we have a tradition that all our barbers are trained in house so we don’t take on barbers that already worked in different barbershops that came with a lot of bad habits – and I think that's quite unique.

We are training the first girl and growing the team, building our regulars from scratch from the talent we develop in house. I’m very proud of the team we’ve built in house. I think that's the greatest achievement of all.

What are the craziest things you have seen in your barbershop?

We’ve had some crazy requests, we hear a lot of crazy stories from customers. We have to turn down some customers sometimes because they ask for stuff, like more modern things, that we don't do. It’s like going to a sushi restaurant and asking for steak. We’ve had people come in drunk, under the effect of drugs.

But we’ve also had crazy things happen in a good way. We were once surprised by three guys who travelled all the way from Korea to see the shop, same with some guys from Iran. People are passionate about what we do and follow us on social media and show up in Lisbon to get a haircut. A lot of crazy positive things.


 

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