"In 2014, I was immersed in the hardcore/indie music scenes, working in coffee, and going to school for photography. My friends and I all wanted a greaser/old fashioned haircut and a grooming product that was ethically sourced to get the shine and hold required for the look without relying on a big box store brand.
No one in our town could make the haircut happen and the drugstores all sold gels or heavy waxes, so I started cutting my own hair and making pomade in my kitchen with a friend. I set up a barber chair in the mailroom of a business in downtown Florence and The Mailroom Barber Co was born. I quit school & coffee and started an apprenticeship at a local barbershop. I learned a lot from YouTube and my apprenticeship, but in 2018 I received training in precision haircutting at Glassbox and it flipped my world upside down. I started teaching the techniques to my staff right away and in 2021 I completed a mentorship with Charlie Gray to begin teaching publicly.
I searched far and wide as a teenager for a career that would be fulfilling, creative, and make a difference. I feel so grateful to have found that path early in life through barbering.
My current mission is:
- 1. To help barbers/stylists along their path in the hair industry by teaching precision haircutting and giving them a platform,
- 2. To offer a gender neutral space where clients of all walks can find a look & product to boost their confidence,
- 3. And to provide all natural, ethically sourced grooming products that are good for you and the earth.
Thank you for supporting the work we do!"
- Robert Watkins
Owner + Founder