Multi award winning Barber and entrepreneur, Pat Barry,is a second generation Irish Barber. He started working at the age of thirteen, sweeping the floors in his uncle’s barbershop, Gavin N Moore of Limerick. Those early years were a priceless experience, not only learning from great barbers, but also getting an education on life. Pat later went on to work with American Crew Allstar Brian Hackett. Those three years introduced Pat to up-to the minute fashion work and instilled in him the ethos of constantly learning about his trade and the industry. 2001 saw Pat living in United Kingdom. He trained in photogenic barbering work and collaborated with some of the leading male fashion publications during his stay. After almost a year in the UK Pat, aged twenty four, returned to Limerick to open Babylon, his first barbershop.
“They were tough years, but rewarding, and I was able to build up a loyal following. I learnt a lot.”
It was Pat’s success with Babylon that enabled him to open his flagship Barbershop, The Gentry, a suburban barbershop in Limerick city. Pat focused on putting the client first, getting feedback and implementing changes to better the business and better the quality. He introduced a loyalty program for his clients and began to look for ways to better sustain his business while building for the future. His focus on better understanding his clients allowed him to open four other barbershops in the city surroundings.
He then developed a software called Barber Genie, a marketing tool to enable Barbershops to market themselves, which was a global platform that opened many opportunities, and helped open up some top industry networks, in particular in the USA and the U.K.
Pat was invited by then brand manager, of dear barber, Lee Mahon to work as a consultant to help reformulate the products and help with their marketing, in April 15′ which was instrumental in winning them product range of the year and stand of the year at Barber Connect, the academy awards of Barbering.