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Schorem translates from Dutch slang as scumbag and was chosen by co-founders Bertus and long time friend Leen to capture the gritty reality of bringing real mens old school barbering to the streets. They wrote their business plan on beer mats and opened in February 2011. Leen and Bertus created a shop shaped around themselves. They wanted to do great work, cut some hair, listen to some cool music, have a beer and a laugh, study the rich culture and history of barbering and have a great deal of fun sharing their space with like minded clients. Beware though, while men and dogs are welcome the ladies need to stay on the street, not even their mothers are permitted entry.

Bertus calls his team the lost boys, there are no beauty school robots required at Schorem because they are all trained to cut and shave the Schorem way. We take guys from the street, skateboarding rats, streetpunx We believe that guys from the street are natural born barbers because they know the right way of acting and being one of the guys. We believe that we can teach everybody as long as theyre willing to put every free minute in learning and becoming a better man than the day before, says Bertus. There are 15 lost boys now and a bigger shop on the way just across the street from ground zero and this time it will include the first Schorem school, naturally called the Old School. Bertus adds We cut and shave men and thats it, no bullshit The boys have to wear ties every day to show theyre part of the scumbag team. We love to see these tattooed bastards looking all dressed up like gentlemen. Its an important part of the barbershop.

When youre work speaks for itself you can pretty much say anything and Schorem makes no excuses. We will never do a haircut thats not going to suit the client but we made two posters – the Barbershop Classics and the Signature Haircuts with a total of 22 haircuts. We always say, if its not on one of the posters, youre in the wrong place, says Bertus. There can be a waiting time for one of those 22 cuts for up to 5 hours and with 111,000 Facebook followers and clients driving from Italy to visit, its a winning formula.

Schorem Haarsnijder en Barbier Factoids

Owner: Leen and Bertus
Opened: February 2011
Staff: 15 barbers including 2 apprentices
Av. Clients:Lots! Most days there is a queue of 40 at opening times.
Shop: 5 cutting chairs but a new larger shop is opening across the street from the original.
Appts: Never! Its part of the culture. 45 mins on a cut, 20 mins on a shave but perfect results are more important than time.
Price: Cuts 30… Shaves are 30 (25 approx)
Random: The handmade mirror case from 1890 is a prized possession and used to store customers own cutthroats.
Must see: Twitter @schorembarbier, FB Schorem Haarsnijder En Barbier,,