Bespoken Man: Gentleman's grooming hub offers a close shave with a dop

You can savour your favourite whiskey while having a hair cut, pedicure or facial at this upmarket barbershop in Rosebank, Joburg

25 April 2021 - 00:00
By hilary biller AND Hilary Biller
A snooker table, a wall of whiskeys and a barber's chair.
Image: Bespoken Man A snooker table, a wall of whiskeys and a barber's chair.

I gingerly opened the door of Bespoken Man at the new "The Bank" development in Rosebank, Johannesburg, around the corner from the recently opened Proud Mary restaurant.

What was once a "cheap" pizza haunt for Sunday Timers when the offices were in the hood is now a gentleman's grooming hub - gorgeous shiny barbers' chairs, a snooker table and a wall of whiskeys from which to take your pick.

This is the second store for owner Gresham Pillay, who 15 years ago swapped the corporate world to provide sophisticated male grooming services at the Sandton Gautrain Station.

Says Pillay: "At Bespoken Man we are committed to providing sophisticated male grooming services in an atmosphere designed for your revitalisation, where you can sip on a coffee, whiskey or soft drink whilst enjoying the experience."

Apart from a haircut they offer the opportunity to be measured for a tailored suit, enjoy a facial, manicure or pedicure while sipping on your favourite whiskey tipple.

"We formed a brand partnership with Jameson Whiskey four years ago that has allowed us to introduce their range to our customers," said Pillay. For whiskey connoisseurs it's a treat.

What has been a big hit with clients, according to Pillay, is the refreshing combo of whiskey, ginger ale and lime. Pouring drinks is all in a days' work for the barbers.

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