Early last year, Mr. Milian became one of the three barbers at Salvatore’s, a shop that caters to Goldman Sachs employees in the atrium of the Conrad Hotel, next to the bank’s global headquarters at 200 West Street in Battery Park City. By his account, all of his clients, junior employees at the bank, would ask for haircuts that didn’t look like haircuts so no one would realize they had left the office. They rarely requested shaves, and when they did, Mr. Milian said, it was always before the opening bell, a sure sign that they had stayed at the office through the night. And forget about after-shave…He said he started hearing buzz about a new barbershop that had opened in SoHo, where he thought he could be more creative. He left Salvatore’s in December and can now be found at Harry’s, a light-filled, two-chair shop born from an Internet shaving start-up founded by two friends…“I didn’t want to do 10-minute haircuts,” said Mr. Milian, who has a tattoo of straight-razor blades on his left forearm. “I wanted to make something.” He now wears vests instead of suspenders, a mustache instead of a stiff upper lip. He gives two or three straight-blade shaves a day, using a soft white towel with an “H” embroidered in the corner. Most important, he said, he feels like he is part of something rather than just a cog in a machine. At Harry’s, he can express himself. And now, he said, he can even grow a beard. [Dealbook]

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  1. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    In SoHo he is going to be shaving a different kind of moustache.

  2. Posted by guest | March 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    "Chatter was mostly between the customers and mostly about the financial news they were watching, including one furious discussion Mr. Milian recalled about Buffalo Wild Wings, a public company that owns a chain of restaurants and sports bars. When they did talk to Mr. Milian, it was usually about why they were losing their hair."

    hitting a little close to home

  3. Posted by ThatsVVacc | March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Just finished his book "Why I left Salvatore's: A Babershop Story." The chapter in which he describes the time he intentionally lost a game of five-finger fillet to Edward Scissorhands was literary genius.

  4. Posted by KingCo | March 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    A story about a barber's yearning quest for self-actualization is the sign of some sort of bubble, but damned if I know which one.

  5. Posted by guest | March 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    +1

  6. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Another victim of Reg FD.

  7. Posted by Finance Troll | March 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Does anyone have Greg Smith's number?

    -Mr. Milian

  8. Posted by Got Laid......off | March 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    This Obummer economy has everyone pulling tricks.

  9. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    If you like your haircut, you can keep your haircut.

  10. Posted by guest | March 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    you're an idiot

  11. Posted by HighFequencyHater | March 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I'm still partial to the russian half jewelry store / half haircut place behind NYSE. They stocked the waiting area with Playboy and Hustler mags.

  12. Posted by Sweeney Todd | March 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    No worries gents. I have great news for you, I am opening my shop next to GS headquarters next month. Get on my appointment book quickly.

  13. Posted by Guest | March 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    "..place behind NYSE", formerly known as FiDi. Presently, 9/11 Memorial tourist boom town.

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  15. Posted by Guest | March 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    wow, youve written more than shaz has in his entire career at DB. i still hate you though.

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