Duke is the barber/manager and co-owner of Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium with his wife Jill Ervais. He has been hairdressing for the past 40 years. While still at school, he started his training at James & Peter (one of the UK’s finest salons), before joining Vidal Sassoon for his apprenticeship. After Sassoon’s, Duke went on to work, art direct and manage several city center salons before concentrating on his music career. As the swing revival faded, he returned to management and hairdressing full time before meeting up with Jill, his American ex-girlfriend of 26 years previous, and rekindling their relationship.
Since moving to the US in 2011, Duke has built a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s finest barbers. He has featured in magazine articles on best hairdressing practices and received rave reviews all over the internet. Dukes shaving techniques have been adopted by many of those around him and he has been commissioned to give master classes in barber schools and salons around the North East.
Gionna comes to Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium with a wealth of barbering knowledge gleaned from several years working in high quality barbering establishments around Philadelphia and a driving passion to learn. She already goes to many seminars and classes around the country and joins us wanting to develop on her already considerable shaving techniques.
When questioned recently in a magazine article about whether she considered herself a stylist, a grooming expert or a barber Gionna firmly stated she was a barber first and foremost but she insisted that barbering has to have style.
“It’s not just a job, it’s a passion. It’s shaping, it’s designing, it’s art. The most important thing is to make the customer look and feel good. I’m very excited to join the team here and look forward to increasing my knowledge and barbering techniques with Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium.”
After his experience at the Tony and Guy institute and the Schwazscopf beauty institute Steven decided that his future path in the beauty industry would be barbering. He turned to the barber that inspired his path into the hair business in the first place, Duke Dunne.
After gaining his first licence whilst at Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium he developed his barbering skills and set his sights on mastering many more techniques in both hairdressing and shaving. Steven has built a fabulous reputation for his fade work since joining the blokes team and shows his artistic streak in every haircut he does. His eye for detail sets him apart from many of his contemporaries
With over a decade of experience in barbering and the cosmetology industry, Angela comes to Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium with much enthusiasm and passion in her craft. Born and raised in the Bronx, Angela worked in Manhattan at one of the leading barbershops in New York. With her recent move to Philadelphia, she is enjoying exploring the city through the bursting culinary scene, trying out new restaurants and famous local dinning spots. Besides being an artist behind the chair, she also has a devotion for photography and has spent time working on high fashion photoshoots.
Angela brings with her a NYC flair and an ability to cater to any individuals needs. Her understanding of sculpting and design reflects in her haircuts and her fun spirit adds a new dimension to the energy of the Blokes Barbershop Team.
Mike has worked in the service industries for 10 years building a superb reputation for his listening skills, attention to detail, and product knowledge. He continues to strive to be the best in any service or craft that he has set his mind to so far.
Mike turned his attention to barbering just over two years ago, and plotted his course through collage and an apprenticeship in his usual full hearted manner. We are proud to have mike on board as our first apprentice to be taking his qualifying exams under our guidance. He is already building on all the knowledge he gained at collage and delivering a great barbering experience to all his customers.
Lauren comes to Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium with a wealth of experience in and around the Philadelphia area. She has spent time at the reception desk and in management of everything from barbershops and hotels to record shops and music venues. Lauren works mostly in the back office but can often be seen on the floor boosting our social media, greeting customers at the reception or helping organize retail displays and presentations.
Jill is co-owner and business/retail manager of Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium. She has run her own import/export business for 20 years, sourcing high quality, hand-made and fairly traded products from Egypt. Sourcing the most unique and interesting products has become a quest for Jill; over the years, she has become a go-to for Egyptian art, supplying major museums and high-end retail around the world. Her curiosity and interest in people & cultures inform the high quality and eclectic collection of retail products for sale at Blokes.
Traveling and meeting people from all over the world has become a passion of Jill’s. She now not only runs her import/export business but also enjoys working with her husband, Duke Dunne, and meeting and getting to know all the people who cross our doorway. When you walk into Blokes, you are not only a customer but a welcomed friend.
Born and raised in south Philadelphia Joy is a passionate person with a huge love of cooking and the artistry of food. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters who she describes as her inspiration to always strive for her best in every aspect of life. “You only live once so make it worth living” is Joy’s mantra and she has said many times that taking risks have always been worth it for her. A naturally caring person Joy has always loved being welcoming and helpful, taking great pleasure in making others feel good about themselves and going on to study behavioral health at collage.
After several years in the hair and beauty industry Joy has developed a passion, respect and a wealth of knowledge for all things cosmetology. Joy loves what she does and it shows in the huge friendly smile she wears morning to night for everyone that comes through the door at Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium.
Lydia came to Philadelphia after many years traveling the world. A Pittsburgh native Lydia has a firm grounding in PA and loves the City of Philadelphia. She still travels the world on a regular basis and jets off to Romania as often as possible to see her husband’s family.
Lydia has many passions in life as in her love of animals, style and music. She is a keen music fan and loves live concerts, especially “The Red Hot Chili Peppers”. Lydia is also a master gardener and works part time in a nursery.