November 1 2015, a day to remember, when Uppercut Deluxe teamed up with The Movember Foundation and Rolling Stone to put on one of the biggest shave down events of all time! After a morning of preparation, the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi was completely transformed into a giant barbershop. Ten vintage barber chairs lay in wait for the influx of patrons that would soon arrive. Behind these chairs stood 10 world class barbers from around Australia and New Zealand, ready to break a Movember record for the most cutthroat shaves, previously set at 163 by the Cutthroat Barbers of Amsterdam.
The day kicked off with a bang when INXS front man Kirk Pengilly and his wife, surfing legend Layne Beachley, stopped in for the first shave of the day. This saw Kirk shave off his trademark moustache for a good cause, with onlookers getting into the swing of things, thanks to entertainment provided by the Movember Foundation’s DJ and Beach Road Hotel. Steve Purcell, the founder of Uppercut Deluxe, summed the partnership up well when he said “Movember is a brand we really feel we align with, because they stand for such a great cause. We (Uppercut Deluxe) just want to give back a little bit.”
From this point onwards, people from all over Bondi started to flood in to the venue to support the cause. Uppercut Deluxe Global Barber Ambassador Tommy J described it best when he said “We just want to keep getting bums in chairs, it’s really exciting out there.” As the day progressed, the goal or reaching 163 shave downs slowly started to seem more and more achievable, with all 10 barbers working with speed and precision.
Once 5.00pm rolled around, local Sydney band I Know Leopard kicked off the first performance of the night, for the Movember and Rolling Stone shave down party. This drew an even larger crowd, and combined with the determination of the 10 barbers, there was no way the Movember shave down record wasn’t going to be broken. Uppercut Deluxe is proud to announce that with the help of our trusted barbers from Maloney’s Barbershop in New Zealand, Jimmy Figgs Bare Knuckle Barber (Newcastle), Hair by Tommy J (Redfern) and Johnny Voodoos Barbershop (Brisbane), we managed to reach 167 shaves, setting a new benchmark.
At this point the party really got going, with the Delta Riggs, Polish Club and Steve Smyth putting on a killer show to dance the night away to. Uppercut Deluxe would like to thank everyone who came out on the day and our event partners, The Movember Foundation, Rolling Stone and Birra Moretti.
We would also like to thank the Beach Road Hotel, for allowing us to turn their venue into a giant barbershop. Movember might be over, but make sure you support the cause at www.movember.com, and treat yourself to some Mo Wax and beard balm and maybe even some goats milk soap from www.uppercutdeluxe.com, now that your ‘stache has grown long and strong. Until next year!
INXS front man Kirk Pengilly getting rid of his iconic moustache
Calm before the storm- one giant barbershop
Steve Smyth putting on a show