Franchise First for The Dandy Gent

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.


Dandy duo rise through the ranks

Two of The Dandy Gent’s most popular barbers, Shaun Hoolan and Lauren Pell, have just reached another landmark on their journey to Master Barber status – both promoted to Senior Barber starting from 1st April.

Derby-based, The Dandy Gent has been established for over 5 years now, with Master Barber and founder Shane O’Shaughnessy at the helm.

Shane, who was first introduced to haircutting by his granddad at the age of just 10 years-old, has supported and mentored both Lauren and his long-time friend and fellow-musician, Shaun throughout their training.

“It’s great to see these two rising through the ranks and, of course, continuing to bring in more and more new and loyal clients of their own.” Said Shane. “They are both great barbers with a great following, and I am proud to have them both within The Dandy Gent team.

The promotion of Shaun and Lauren will mean an small price increase to their clients, which I regret in the current economic climate,” Continued Shane. “but I am 100% committed making sure the team reap the rewards of their hard work as they continue to develop and strive to be the very best in the business.”

Shane’s first barbershop, on Nuns Street, was established back in 2013 following the successful launch of his traditional grooming products range the year before. In 2017 Shane opened his second, and flagship, shop where both he and Lauren are now based alongside locally renowned Senior Barbers; Mike Bowler and Ash Griffiths.

Shaun is based at the Nuns Street branch of The Dandy Gent, where he currently manages a team of two barbers, and is currently seeking a third.  Any experienced barbers wishing to join the team at Nuns Street are invited to contact Shaun on: 01332 381327.

and Rory makes four

Local barber, Rory Howe, has joined The Dandy Gent’s Nuns Street team, to provide more of Derby’s discerning gents with the finest haircuts, shaves and beard styling available in the Midlands.

Rory lives in Derby and, for months, regularly walked past The Dandy Gent’s Nun Street and Irongate shops, looked in and thought about offering his services. In October, this year, he bit the bullet and popped in to introduce himself. After meeting owner and founder, Shane and Nuns Street Manager, Shaun – and several cups of coffee later – Rory was welcomed to the team.

“I’ve always liked the vintage style of The Dandy Gent and its relaxed, but cool ethos around the comfort of its clients – I knew it would suit me.” Says 22 year old Rory. “I’ve been pretty busy in my first few weeks here – and can’t wait to build-up a strong following as clients get to know me and the way I work.”

Rory is fully qualified, with over 5 years experience at the chair, and loves to create the perfect look for every client, not matter what their style. Skin fades and beard styling is his passion and his speciality.

Rory joins Craig, Shaun and Charlie to make a formidable team at the first of the two Dandy Gent shops now thriving in Derby.

To book an appointment with Rory, or any of the Dandy Gent team call: 01332 381327 or book online.

Valentine’s giveaway at The Dandy Gent

The Dandy Gent barbershop teams have been accused of ‘going soft’ around the edges for Valentine’s Day – giving away a free £10 Gift Card with any in-store Dandy Gent product purchases or barbershop services totalling £40 – from now until Valentine’s Day.

“There’s never been a better time to try out our products, or buy an exquisite grooming gift.” Says Shane O’Shaughnessy, founder and owner of The Dandy Gent.  “We’ve got a portfolio of 25 all natural and traditional products now AND a good selection of great gift sets starting at £16.98 – launched and extremely popular at Christmas.”

The offer has been introduced under the banner Love Thyself First – part of a new advertising campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of valuing ones appearance for improved well-being and successful social interaction.

Offer closes: 14th February 2018 at 5.30pm. Free Gift Cards valid for 12 months.


Terms: Free £10 Gift Cards will only be issued on purchases of The Dandy Gent products and/or services in the shops on a single visit. This offer does not apply in conjunction with any other promotions. The purchase of third party branded products (i.e. Dapper Dan, Schmiere) cannot be included in this offer. Only one free £10 Gift Card will be issued per person, per visit, on transactions totalling £40 or over.





Steve set to shave in loving memory

Regular customer of The Dandy Gent, Steve Moss, has booked in for a charity beard removal on March 3rd, to raise money for Cancer Research.  Steve has been growing his beard and moustache in memory of his brother-in-law, Richard Morrison, who died of cancer in January 2015.

The idea was sparked by Richard himself, just before he passed away, when he challenged Steve to grow a goatee and moustache in, as he called it, ‘Januhairy’ and ‘Februhairy’.

“Richard was always full of fun, and full of life,” said Steve. “It was just like him to challenge me to grow a beard – he knew my wife Cristina, didn’t really like it!”

2069be68-736a-4bbc-ac5b-81af7d23a16cContinued Steve, “Losing Richard has been a long and hard journey for all of us, especially my sister, Rachel and their two young children, Harry and Gracie. Now things are beginning to settle a little, I thought the time was right to remember him in a way that I know he would appreciate.”

“I hope to raise as much money as I can for Cancer Research in Richard’s honour – and my wife looks forward to me being clean-shaven again soon!” Concluded Steve.

Steve’s regular barber, Lauren, will be whipping off his whiskers in March at The Dandy Gent’s Irongate barbershop. All onlookers and supporters are welcome to attend and cheer Steve on.

Anyone wishing to support Steve’s fundraising is invited to make a donation via his Justgiving Page.

Pictured, top: Steve sporting his goatee and moustache. Centre: Richard with his two children, Gracie and Harry.

Barbershop quartet drop in

Just before Christmas, The Dandy Gent treated its Friday afternoon clients to a spot of gloriously nostalgic four-part harmony, courtesy of local choir; Back Numbers.

The four members of the popular ‘Derby A Cappella’ chorus delighted customers and passer’s-by with a two hour performance of a variety of songs all arranged in the barbershop style of close harmony.

Their repertoire included pop songs – past and present – songs from stage and screen, traditional barbershop songs from America – and several festive favourites.

“Gordon and the boys of Back Numbers were absolutely amazing.” Said Shane O’Shaughnessy owner and founder of The Dandy Gent. “We can’t wait to welcome them back again soon.”


Pictured, top: Barbershop Quartet, Back Numbers, perform at The Dandy Gent barbershop in Derby (22nd December 2017).

Austin advances at Irongate

Long-term visitors to The Dandy Gent will be familiar with the youngest barber on its books, Austin Roots, who is about to shed his ‘Junior’ status, and advance to fully-fledged ‘Barber’.

21-year-old Austin is in his third year with the team and based at the thriving city centre, ‘flagship’, shop on Irongate in Derby’s fashionable Cathedral Quarter. He started as an Apprentice in 2015, progressed to Junior Barber mid-2016, and is now a popular and quality barber with an ever-increasing client following of his own.

From now, Austin’s rates will be raised in line with his new shop status, to The Dandy Gent, Irongate’s ‘Barber’ rates, part of its pricing structure comprising; Apprentice, Junior, Barber, Senior and Master Barber.

Master Barber, owner and founder of The Dandy Gent, Shane O’Shaughnessy said, “It’s a joy to see Austin growing into the fine barber that he is. He’s grown up within the team and is a very popular member with both our barbers and our customers.”

Pictured above (centre) modelling The Dandy Gent range of T-shirts in 2017, with Lauren and Mike.

Derby Duo say ‘Hair’s’ to the good old days…

Derby Police Museum and traditional barbershop, The Dandy Gent, have teamed up to promote the extraordinary collection of photographs and memorabilia currently on display inside Derby Gaol.

The Museum’s curator, and regular customer and supporter of The Dandy Gent, Ashley Waterhouse, hand delivered several original artefacts and images together with his Head of Collections, Ashley Brown.

The two Ashleys caused quite a stir as they walked from Derby Gaol on Agard Street to the Irongate barbershop in 100% authentic full police uniform from days gone by. Whilst at The Dandy Gent, they spoke to fascinated customers about the pictures on display – which include images of The Baseball Ground – circa 1930, 1860’s Irongate – and a rather gruesome picture of a 19th Century prisoner – shot during arrest.

Owner of The Dandy Gent’s two Derby-based barber shops, Shane O’Shaughnessy, said “Ashley (Waterhouse) is a regular customer and we’ve often spoken of our love for local history. I’ve always listened with great interest in his specialist subject of The Police through the ages.”

“The Dandy Gent is also a celebration of days gone by. As you will see, our decor is clearly a nod to my love of the Victorian era in particular, but what we are really about is trying to transport our customers back to a time when a gentleman really took time and a great deal of interest in his appearance.”

The Dandy Gent opened its Irongate shop in April this year and, together with its Nuns Street shop and grooming product manufacturing, is going from strength to strength.

“We’re delighted to house this collection for the Derby Police Museum, it’s right up our street and has already been of enormous interest to our clients.”

“We will be changing the display periodically,” Continued Ashley. “sharing some of Derby’s hidden history to new audiences, and hopefully encouraging them to come to the museum to see so much more.”

The Derby Police Museum is privately owned by a mixture of Derby people including ex-officers, enthusiasts and historians – and is supported with artefacts by Derby Police.

The museum, located inside Derby Gaol, is continually growing its already huge collection, and currently open every Saturday 11am – 3pm. Entry to the museum costs just £3 for adults and £1 for children. Find out more about the museum at its website here or its Facebook Page.


Irongate circa 1950’s


You’re nicked! Shane feels the long arm of the law (some say, not a moment too soon!)


(L-R) Ashley Waterhous, Ashley Brown and Shane O’Shaughnessy.


A tiny taste of Derby Police Museum photographs & artefacts now on display at The Dandy Gent, Irongate, featuring: 1930’s Baseball Ground, Exeter House on Full Street (where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in 1745), Irongate (1860/70) and the Legal Procession taken around 1910.


Treats galore at The Dandy Gent

The Dandy Gent’s Irongate store is piloting a brand new scheme to reward regular clients with free hair, shave and beard products.

From now, the ‘Treat Fob’ will be given to every customer of the city centre barbershop. As well as giving a gent’s keys a touch more class, the card will provide clients with the perfect excuse to try out new grooming products and explore their true style potential.

Points will be issued to a client’s account on presentation of the card after your appointment or the purchase of products. A range of products will be given for free when specified point targets are reached. (ask instore for details)

To launch the scheme and encourage online bookings – clients will enjoy DOUBLE POINTS when booking their appointment using the latest Dandy Gent App*.

The scheme will be rolled out at the Nuns Street branch of The Dandy Gent, if the pilot is successful.

*Download The Dandy Gent’s online booking app here:  Android or Apple.


Clients claim aphrodisiac aftershave

Derby grooming products manufacturer, The Dandy Gent, has noticed a growing number of comments from its barbershop visitors that its signature fragrance, Classic 47, appears to have an aphrodisiac effect on women.

“Female members of The Dandy Gent’s team have commented on this from day one,” Said The Dandy Gent founder, creator of the fragrance, Shane O’Shaughnessy. “I didn’t take it too seriously at first, but now several of my clients have spoken to me about it whilst they’ve been in the chair, confirming to me that there must be something in it.”

Classic 47 is described as ‘a sensual fragrance with a subtle hint of fresh spice’ by The Dandy Gent’s online shop, and simply as ‘gorgeous’ by many of the two barber shops’ female visitors – including Shane’s wife, Sherri!

“We are starting to think that we should be in contact with specialist scientists about this, and have our Classic 47 Splash and Beard Oil added to the list of sexual-desire enhancers.’ smiled Shane.

Recently Good Housekeeping magazine covered a study by a team of scientists whose findings were published in the journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. The study revealed that oysters and chocolate were NOT aphorodisiacs, but ginseng and ginko bilboa are.


Classic 47 Splash – by The Dandy Gent, Derby -proving popular with the ladies.

Pictured top: Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy at work in his flagship barber shop, Irongate, Derby.