Founder of renowned barbershop brand The Dandy Gent, Shane O’Shaughnessy, has announced that recently promoted Senior Barber, Shaun Hoolan, has become the Derby-based company’s first-ever franchisee – taking over ownership of the five-year-old Dandy Gent branch on Nuns Street.
“I’m excited, of course, this is a great opportunity and The Dandy Gent is a fantastic brand to be a part of.” Said Shaun. “I love my work at the shop – and all that it entails – and was blown away when Shane offered me the franchise.
Continued Shaun, “There are no plans for major changes to the shop. In fact, Shane and I will be working closer than ever now, to ensure that The Dandy Gent brand keeps moving forward and growing in stature.”
Said Shane, “Shaun is a fine ambassador for The Dandy Gent brand and has an instinctive head for business. His management, and now ownership, of the Nuns Street shop was a natural progression and allows me to concentrate more of my time on growing the Irongate shop and development of new grooming products.”
This year has already seen The Dandy Gent’s range of traditional grooming products increase dramatically, with the launch of two new beard oil fragrances, a new beard balm and two colognes. In addition, the Irongate branch of The Dandy Gent is currently undergoing works to increase barber capacity from 4 to 7 permanent staff.
“Both sides of the business are thriving due to a lot of hard work and ambition” Continued Shane. “We will carry on growing the patronage of both barbershops together and – with the massive help from my wife Sherri – the manufacture and sales of some of the world’s finest grooming products.”
See the full range of The Dandy Gent traditional grooming products here.
Pictured, top: Shaun the first franchisee for The Dandy Gent, outside his Nuns Street barbershop and his adjoining shop, Hideaway Vintage Clothing.