Uppercut Deluxe – Bringing Back the Barber

Have you ever been caught balls deep in a Kora by Miranda Kerr mud mask or been forced to hide your John Frieda sea salt volumising spray from the world? Pamper in silence no more gents, as hardy Australian grooming brand Uppercut Deluxe has stripped it back to high quality man basics that you won’t need to keep under lock and key.


Uppercut Deluxe (backed by surfing young gun Jack Freestone) was created by actual barbers Luke Newman and Steve Purcell, the brains behind cult Brisbane barbershop Bare Bones, who where drawn to the rich history of barbering.


“It’s made to be a product that all dudes like and can relate to, it’s meant to be easy,” says Steve.

The guys decided to first create a pomade inspired by Luke’s grandfather, Willy O’Shea, nicknamed ‘Uppercut’, who was a boxer that toured during the Great Depression.  The range now includes four distinct tins, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, moisturiser and mo wax thrown in for good measure.

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TVG went along to a styling session at the aptly named The Barber Shop, to road test the range with Uppercut’s co-founder Steve and the Gandalf of Barbers, Tommy J.


The guys gave us their tips on which products are best for each look. The signature Pomade is versatile – perfect for a classic style. For a more lightweight matt finish, Tommy J suggests the Featherweight.  For the time poor hustler who just can’t even right now, try Matt Clay for a no fuss messy look that can be re-worked throughout yo busy sched.


Next time you need a haircut, say goodbye to Tiffany at Just Cuts – do yourself a solid favour and head to an Uppercut Deluxe approved barber. Ask for razor sharp sides and a tidy pomp or slick back a la pic below, not to be confused with our tiny friend Bruno Mars.


Our list of Australia’s coolest Barber Shops;

Hair By Tommy J (http://hairbytommyj.blogspot.com.au/)
112 George Street, Redfern

Barber Supreme
31 George St, The Rocks 
(02) 8068 0772

Happy Sailors Barbershop
748 Bourke St Redfern
9690 1452

Captain Sip Sop’s Barbershop and Outfitters (http://instagram.com/captainsipsops_manly)
32 Pittwater Road, Manly

Bare Bones (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bare-Bones-Barber-Shop/158259847525641)
602 Wynnum Rd, Morningside

Frasers (http://frasersbarbershop.com.au/)
83 Albert Street, Brisbane

Rockit Barbershop (http://www.rockitbarbershop.com/)
546, Collins Street , Melbourne

Captains of Industry (http://captainsofindustry.com.au/?page_id=124)
2 Somerset Place, Melbourne

Main images by: Paul Hill at Hype House (Who snapped our P Johnson article!)

Uppercut Deluxe can be purchased in-barber and online.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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