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
Philadelphia native Kyle joined Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium with several years’ experience with salons in and around the city. After training in cosmetology at the Tony & Guy/Schwarzkopf school of cosmetology until the start of 2016 Kyle went on to work in barbering to work towards his Barber qualifications and master barber status. After a short time watching and learning blokes methods Kyle hit the floor running and within two days Kyle had received his first 5-star review on yelp. His interest in barbering first started because of his artistic background when his friends started asking him to cut and style their hair. In his own words “It took some time for me to realize that I could actually make a long-term living doing something that I loved.”
Kyle has been involved in Muay Thai for most of his life and to this day takes part in many national competitions. This led to his interest in rhythmic movement and led to a 13-year career in professional dancing.
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.
Kayla joined Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium on recommendation from one of Duke's friends and ex colleagues in the barber world. With 10 years’ experience in the hair business in both ladies and gent’s hair Kayla found her main passion for the business in the barbering world. After trying a couple of other barber shops and not finding much guidance to improve her skills Kayla consulted her teacher from many years before in cosmetology school and was recommended to come to see Duke at Blokes Barbershop. Duke was impressed enough to ask Kayla to come in and watch in the salon for a short while to see what kind of fit they were for each other. After a couple of months learning the Blokes techniques and working the reception Kayla passed all expectations and hit the floor running. She says her driving desire is to listen to each persons story, find a haircut to suit their life style and make every individual her number one priority.
Kayla's outside interests include art, music & theater, We welcome Kayla into the Blokes team with open arms.
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.
With many years of reception and admin experience Joules joined Blokes Barbershop's receptionists team. Her fun loving, infectious smile brings a welcome to every visit to the shop for both clients and staff alike. She has an individuality in persona and style sadly missing in our current cookie cutter business world. We welcome Joules to the team in the same way she welcomes all our guests.
Max comes to Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium with a background in Salon reception work and social media. Max will be working mostly in our social media department and business side but will often be seen in the salon with his bubbly personality, huge personable smile and youthful exuberance.