Edwin Watch Barber by Crows Nest Barbershop is a 50’s inspired retro barbershop and watch shop that will celebrate its grand opening in Hong Kong on 10th July. So make time for a spiffy new do!
Founded as a used jeans store in 1947 by Mr. Tsunemi Yonehachi, the Edwin brand has since achieved almost cult-like status as a brand for hip denim culture. In recent years, Edwin has introduced Edwin Watch, its collection of watches for both men and women that compliment the free-spirited lifestyle that the brand espouses. The vintage look of Edwin’s timepieces makes it the perfect partner to Crows Nest, a stylish Canadian barbershop with all the nostalgic elements of the 1950s.
Come to the opening party and enjoy a complimentary hair cut by Jon Roth from Crows Nest, Toronto, Dustin Fishhook from The Belmont, Vancouver and Ball Ng from Crows Nest Hong Kong, as well as live musical performances by The Boogie Playboys.
10th July, from 5-8pm 27 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
We speak to barbers Jon Roth and Ball Ng, and Edwin Watch brand manager J. Brian Siswojo to find out more about this collaboration, and what makes them tick.
Master barber at Crows Nest Toronto
Where are you based and why you’re here in Hong Kong?
Jon: I’m based in Toronto and I’m here for the dim sum.
Can you tell us a bit about Crows Nest’s collaboration with Edwin Watch?
Jon: Edwin Watch approached me a year ago to arrange for a photo shoot for their marketing materials in my Toronto flagship shop. That was the beginning of a lasting partnership. I think Edwin Watch and Crows Nest have great synergy in terms of brand identity, so we’re glad we got the chance to team up with them on this side of the planet and do something cool that’s never been done before.
Can you tell us about Crows Nest Barber Shop?
How long are you staying in Hong Kong, and what are your plans while you’re here? Jon:
Jon: We are a traditional barbershop that brings time-honoured barber techniques and hairstyles to a new generation, while keeping in step with the changing desires of a modern society.
On this visit, I will be in Hong Kong till the 18th
of July, but I expect I will be back frequently in the future. I will be at the shop trying to give as many quality haircuts as possible, so the people of Hong Kong can see what we are all about. And I’ll be eating a lot of dim sum!
What type of hairstyle requests do you get most often?
Jon: A lot of clients come in with photos of Justin Timberlake or David Beckham and want styles that these celebrities have sported.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Jon: I like all types of music. My favourite is country and western, music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and R&B. I’ve also been listening to lot of Hawaiian folk music lately, as well as rock steady and reggae.
Five words that best describe yourself please?
Jon: Erm... chubby, hungry... I don’t know man... crazy!?
I see you have some good ink on you. Which is your favourite tattoo and why?
Jon: I like my little Willie Nelson portrait and knife tattoo because they remind me of a really good time in my life.
What are some of your favourite foods?
Jon: I love sushi, dim sum and chicken wings.
What inspires you?
Jon: My lovely fiancé, all the people that I work with, love, beauty and music.
J. BRIAN SISWOJO
Skater, rapper, fashion designer and brand manager for Edwin Watch
Can you tell us about the collaboration with Edwin Watch?Brian:
Last June, one of my good friends was doing an Edwin Watch product shoot, which I saw and liked very much. At the time, Edwin Watch was looking for a brand manager. Having managed some of my own brands, I ended up presenting my ideas to Edwin Watch and they like what they saw, so that’s how things started.
I came up with the idea of a classic ‘50s barbershop that works well with the Edwin classic themed jean and watches. They were skeptical at first, then they slowly saw how the concepts worked together: the styling, the retro spirit of an old school barber, hair, the watches and jeans, it all goes so well together. I love developing new and fresh ideas. This store is the first of its kind, and I think more similar collaborative stores will follow.
Can you tell us more about the watch trade show?
Brian: We done some successful watch trade shows in Hong Kong and Baselworld Switzerland with the Edwin Watches and ‘50s barbershop concept, where we had Jon Roth with us cutting hair at the show. At first, there were only a few people at our booth. But the next few days more and more people turned up, and on the last day of the show, people were lining up at the Edwin Watch booth waiting for a cut. The feedback was amazing.
What’s your personal favourite Edwin Watch?
Brian: It’s a watch that will be launched in the market this September called “The Anderson”.
What are your three favourite foods?
What inspires you? Brian:
Brian: I love Japanese curry, that’s number one, followed by Korean BBQ and sushi.
Skateboarding. It’s been a big part of my life for 26 years.
DJ & barber at Edwin Watch Barber, Hong Kong
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Ball: I’m Ball, a third generation barber. My grandfather and my father were both barbers working in a Shanghai style barber in Hong Kong, and now it’s my turn to hold the scissors and straight razor. I spent most of my childhood in the barbershop. I am also a DJ.
Can you tell us about how you came to be part of Edwin Watch Barber?
Ball: I was cutting hair for the guys from Hong Kong hip hop group 24herbs, and Brian, one of the rappers from 24herbs told me about Edwin Watch and the barbers at Crows Nest Toronto. I was extremely interested, so I flew over to Toronto to see them and became part of the crew.
You lost 60 pounds in a year, what made you decide to lose weight and the secret to shedding pounds so quickly?
Which do you prefer doing djing or hairstyling?
Ball: I decided to lose weight for health reason. I was also drinking too heavily, but have since cut back. It was not my interntion to lose weight at first, I just reduced the amount of beer I drank and my weight started to drop. I don’t drink alcohol too late at night and I stop eating after 6pm on most days. Except for the odd chocolate bar whilst I DJ, otherwise I might faint. I’ve also stopped eating instant noodles, fried eggs and sausages for breakfast. Now, I only eat cereal in the morning. I hear people say that if you want to lose weight you should eat this and not eat that. But I think the secret simple: eat less.
Ball: I like both activities just as much.
What’s your favourite djing set?
Ball: My set at Clockenflap last year.
What are your three favourite foods?
Ball: Chocolate, orange and rice.
You have a number of tattoos. Which is your favourite and why?
Ball: The portrait of my mum.