BARBER OF THE MONTH

MARK VANEK

Welcome to our Barber of the Month series, where we highlight talented barbers from different areas and stages in their career. This week we’re highlighting Mark Vanek, a professional at Fratantonio’s Barber Shop in Ohio. Mark was nominated by a Clubman fan whose high praise made us take notice! Stay tuned for more interviews with the barber community and enjoy!         

 

CM: Tell us about yourself: (education/training, years of experience, specialty, etc.)  
MV:

I graduated from Benedictine high school in 1998. I went to Lakeland for a year before starting barber school. 

CM:

What made you want to become a barber?

MV:

My mother was a beautician, and the owner of barbershop was a family friend. The owner of my Barbershop Sonny Fratantonio called me to work for him. I was never book smart, so the barbershop was perfect for me.

CM:

What is a moment in your career that you are most proud of?

MV:

Making my customers happy is what I’m proud of. Having repeat business makes me know I’m doing it right.

 

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CM: What was the biggest challenge in becoming a barber? How did you overcome it? 
MV:

I wasn’t sure this what I wanted to do for the rest of my like. When I finished barber school, I knew I loved it

CM: What inspires your work (hometown, music, sports, art, etc)?
MV:

I love my hometown a huge Cleveland sports fan. My family is most important to me. My wife and 3 daughters. 

 

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CM: Any advice for aspiring barbers? 
MV:

Just be yourself and don’t try to be someone you not. A wise person said to me you get out of the shop that you put into it. You have tobuild a clientele and that takes years.

CM: Favorite men's grooming trend right now?
MV:

A lot of men are growing beard and mullets are back in style for now.      

CM:

What song is essential for your shop's playlist?

MV:

We listen to 70’s and 80’s music age appropriate for all.        

 

CM: Favorite thing to do after a long day at the shop?  
MV:

Relax and spend time with my family. 

CM: If you could work on any celebrity/ athlete, who would it be?    
MV: That’s hard answer pretty much any sports athlete.               
CM: What's the most essential item in your grooming kit (other than Clubman products, of course)?    
MV:

Your scissors and clippers      

 

CM: When/how did you discover Clubman?    
MV:

When I was in barber school, we used the finest powder. The smell is just iconic it’s what barbers use.

CM: What are your top three Clubman products?  
MV:

We use finest powder, styling gel and pomade.

CM: Anything else you would like people to know about you? (I.E. What would someone never guess about you? etc.)
MV: I love to travel.

 

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