“The Union Barber Shop Breaks Stereotypes With Its Existence”
WRITTEN BY MS. TRIXIE DAUZ
When one hears the word ‘barbershop’, it immediately conjures images of men and shaving cream. Of course, one cannot miss that red, blue, and white striped poles as well, which represent blood, bandages, and veins. For about a millennium or so, barbers used to dabble in dentistry and surgery. The barbershop itself is also a venue for discourse on contemporary issues, aside from bolstering the male ego and weeding out the pears from the real men. It’s a pure heaven for chauvinism. It was, until this new place opened
Lourd Ramos is a very familiar name in the fashion industry. In fact, he was a guest judge in multiple episodes of the Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2. This writer became familiar with his technique when she was able to watch an eye make-up demo of his using a bullet brush on an ETC segment 2 years ago. Since then, she has frequented his salon, Creations by Lourd Ramos, a number of times. Ramos co-owns this new place together with Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto, a sought-after photographer specializing in wedding photos.
The barbershop is located at the 2nd floor of The Link in Ayala Center, Makati City. The building is near Greenbelt and Landmark. The opening was scheduled at 6 o’clock in the evening, but the program started at 7 o’clock so the guests had the time to enjoy the canapés, strawberry shortcakes, fish fingers, and other delicious food from the caterer. A red carpet was in place, as well as groovy music from the soundtrack of the 2010 musical film Burlesque. The opening was quite well-attended by bloggers, friends of the proprietors, and some people from the fashion industry.
The program started off with a short background spiel about the owners. A short but glam fashion show followed, and eventually, staff members were also introduced. There were also mini-games where beauty goodies were given away, aside from those complimentary gift bags from sponsors given to the guests.
The Union Barber Shop is not just here to create waves with its “unique ways” of styling for both sexes, it is also here to prove that sans gender label, beauty is beauty and style is style.
PHOTOS BY: MS. TRIXIE DAUZ