Until earlier this year, Jack Brett can’t remember being happy with any of the haircuts he had received during a decade living in Abu Dhabi. His friend and business partner, Jasim Alkhouri, who was born and raised in the capital, felt similar frustration. “I’ve had two different haircuts in the same day, just to get it fixed, from two different barbers,” Jasim says. “I’ve gone to one, hated it, gone to another one to fix it.”
Jack has known Jasim’s younger brother Zayed – they are both 25, while Jasim is 28 – since his school days. The three men, all with business-based post-secondary educations, are now the proud co-founders of one of Abu Dhabi’s radical new concepts.
Local is a rare combination for the capital: a bustling barbershop, speciality coffee shop and, as of November 23, a consignment store for valuable, limited-edition sneakers, as well as clothes and skateboards.
‘Shoes are my biggest passion’
The space, near Yas Island in Al Zeina, is gorgeous, and the design understated. The cafe is bright and uncluttered, with wood tables, succulents and special touches like the decades-old trunk being used as a coffee table that came from Jasim’s family home. In the barbershop, which is visible through a glass wall but separate and soundproofed, there are marble floors and classic Belmont barber chairs ordered from Japan, complete with 1950s-era grey leather, white piping and old-school flip-top ashtrays on the right arm.
A glass display case shows off six of Jack’s most prized Nike Air Max. “Shoes are my biggest passion,” he explains. “I’ve been collecting shoes for a very long time.”
Original Source: thenational.ae