BarberCraft is a celebration of men’s grooming and style. Featuring an expo packed with top brands and services, live Barber Battles, demonstrations, workshops and more – it’s the perfect event for industry professionals, emerging talents and stylish folks who want to stay ahead of the latest trends in the men’s grooming world.
Venue: Shed 10 – Queens Wharf, Auckland
Saturday 7 July – Industry Focused Preview Event & Start of Battle of the Barbers
Sunday 8 July – BarberCraft Main Event
The Back Story
BarberCraft is the first and biggest event of its kind in New Zealand. It recognises the professionalism and achievements of barbering in our country, and the diversity of service available to kiwi men. BarberCraft also reflects an industry that is undergoing resurgence and revolution both in New Zealand and overseas, but is still built on its original values.
The fundamental services of the barber are traditional – the cut and shave. But the overarching service is changing. Barbering is increasingly becoming a leisure-type experience that men in New Zealand are embracing. It includes entertainment, relaxation and styling, all delivered with attentive personalised service.
BarberCraft highlights the big changes to the industry in recent years – the revolutionised, modern barber shops, and the transformation of more traditional businesses to blend old with new.
Who is behind BarberCraft?
The event was initiated by the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO), which sets the standards for barbering qualifications and apprenticeships, to recognise the professional skills of barbers and promote barbering as a career option.
Basically, it became obvious it was high time we got together to show what we can do.