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.


The Dandy Gent takes a break from the traditional

Following the opening of its new flagship barber shop in Irongate, Derby, The Dandy Gent team has set up a brand new system to make booking, at either of its two shops, much simpler.

The midlands’ most authentic old-school barber shop is offering clients a touch of the non-traditional, when booking their appointment – inviting them to download the app for their preferred shop, then select their service, barber and date with just a few clicks on their device!

The app compliments the usual routes to a Dandy Gent experience, including drop-ins, telephone and via its two Facebook pages (Irongate and Nuns Street).

“We’re hoping that this makes things even easier for our clients, and that we can build a community tool for like-minded gents looking for offers, ideas and grooming advice in the future.” Said Shane O’Shaughnessy, Owner & Master Barber, The Dandy Gent.

Anyone wishing to use the new system should:

  1. Go to their device or desktop App Store and search The Dandy Gent.
  2. Download the app, and register.
  3. Make a booking! Choose your service, preferred barber – by name or time-served at the chair (Junior, Senior or Master*)

*Our Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy is based at the Irongate shop.

New barbershop makes Dandy double in Derby

Popular traditional-style barbershop, The Dandy Gent, has just opened its second shop in Derby, in a bid for growth of its widely renowned brand in both gents hairdressing and grooming product manufacturing.

Its distinctive icon and branding gives all the promise of a uniquely traditional experience, and the service and quality range of male grooming products certainly deliver.

Owner, Master Barber and Apothecary, Shane O’Shaughnessy, is Derby born and bred, and is determined to build his business in the city that he loves.

The original shop on Nuns Street, in the University district of Derby, has been thriving, and the three-man team has been working to capacity, for over two years now.

“The shop was so busy that we were turning customers away all too often.” Says Shane. “As soon as I could get the money together to invest in a second shop, I went for it!”

“The new Irongate branch of The Dandy Gent is much bigger and allows us to accommodate many more customers more comfortably.” Continues Shane.

“In addition, we have more space to display our own range of grooming products – which we could never do properly before.”

In between running and working in his shop, Shane developed and began manufacturing his own line of grooming products with the help of his wife, Sherri.

The Dandy Gent products portfolio has grown in two years, and now comprises of seventeen traditional blends including; beard oils, shaving products, Splash (aftershave) and Macassar Oil, in a range of traditional-style and unique fragrances.

Shane is truly putting Derby on the map, in the world of male grooming, as his brand and product orders begin to snowball across the UK and Europe.

The Dandy Gent on Irongate opened this week, with an launch party for customers past, present and future on Saturday 8th April. The whole Dandy Gent team will be there to show visitors around, with free samples, refreshments, live music and a DJ from 11am – 3pm.

Mike Bowler boosts leading barbershop team in Derby

Renowned Derby barber, Mike Bowler, has joined the team at the region’s leading barbershop, The Dandy Gent, ahead of its second shop opening in the award-winning Cathedral Quarter of Derby city centre.

Mike has been cutting gents’ hair in Derby for 12 years, following his apprenticeship at the age of 17 years-old.

“You could say I fell into barbering after school, when an apprenticeship came up at the Derby salon, Kieran Mullin.” Explains Mike. “I quickly picked up the skills and techniques – I guess this was because I really enjoyed it.”

Mike took on an advanced apprenticeship and, a few years into his 12 years of continued learning at the chair, Mike became a trainer and assessor himself.

Family man, Mike joins The Dandy Gent following a couple of meetings with owner, founder and Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy, and is looking forward to helping to launch its second shop on Irongate in Derby.

“I’ve loved working at Kieran Mullin, but it’s time for me to take on a fresh challenge.  The Dandy Gent has a reputation for pushing boundaries and is really going places – I’m looking forward to getting to know the team better and growing in stature with them all.”

Mike will be working alongside Shane and is keen to continue learning from the Master. “I have vast experience, and have lots of customers who will go nowhere else,” Continues Mike. “but we can all keep learning, and I’m sure Shane will have a few tricks and techniques up his sleeve to pass on.”

First on the learning agenda for Mike, will be the art of the traditional wet shave, a speciality at The Dandy Gent.

“I’m delighted to welcome Mike to the team.” Says Shane. “He’s a great team fit, and an exceptional standard of barber.”

29 year-old Mike will be one of an initial team of three at the Irongate branch of The Dandy Gent, working alongside Shane and recently appointed Junior Barber, Lauren Pell.

The Dandy Gent’s original Nuns Street branch continues to serve its vast amount of clients on the outskirts of Derby, with Senior barber, Craig and Junior Barbers; Charlie and Shaun at the chairs-whilst Shane’s wife, Sherri has taken over the management of The Dandy Gent’s manufactory, producing its range of 17 traditional male grooming products.