The Armour to Barber movement is pleased to welcome scissor specialist Matakki as an official partner in its mission to introduce ex-military personnel to the barbering industry.
Founded by former Coldstream Guard Liam Hamilton, Armour to Barber is designed to help ex-servicemen and women find careers as barbers. To do this, the organisation provides those in need with vital work experience in approved barber shops all over the UK.
“As a part of this mission, an abundance of professional tools and products are required,” explained Liam, who works out of Hamilton’s Elite Barbershop in Redruth, Cornwall.
To help meet these demands, Matakki has pledged that it will provide Armour to Barber prospects with refurbished scissors from its ‘trade in’ scheme, while also offering discounts on scissors to Armour to Barber customers.
On the new partnership, Liam said: “It’s fantastic to see industry-leading brands provide their support. Barbering is currently enjoying a renaissance that shows no signs of slowing down, and this has created a shortage of high-quality barbers. At Armour to Barber, we believe that ex-forces personnel have all the attributes to take the trade by storm, and it’s pleasing to see that Matakki agree.
Matakki joins premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge in providing support to Armour to Barber, something that David Hildrew – a former Royal Marine and Managing Director of The Bluebeards Revenge – is thrilled with.
David said: “We are proud to work with Matakki to support Armour to Barber and offer comrades-in-arms a fantastic chance to retrain in a lucrative industry with plenty of opportunities. These highly-skilled individuals will make fantastic barbers and deserve a chance to thrive outside of their military past.”
Matakki Founder James Curd added “As an ex service man this is a cause that I can whole heartedly support and believe in. As the youngest serving engineer in the Gulf war I can relate to the adjustment from military to civilian life and have many ex comrades who found this experience a difficult transition for a variety of reasons, often feeling lost and without direction. At Matakki we believe in providing opportunity and acknowledging ambition. I personally believe the mental strength to succeed exhibited by ex-force individuals is a commendable attribute. I look forward to being part of this movement and seeing the many opportunities it provides to those working under it.