The Stylish Man has opened the doors to its beautiful new third-floor salon in Newmarket’s world-class Westfield, at 309 Broadway.
Proudly proclaiming itself one of the country’s best men’s grooming establishments, The Stylish Man offers everything from a basic haircut (and colour, if you wish) to a moustache and beard trim, along with the largest salon selection of cleansing and styling products nationwide.
Most men love to feel well-groomed and look forward to enjoying a bit of relaxed pampering in an upmarket salon. Quite apart from the mirror image gains, it’s also a balm for the soul.
Making men look good is all in a day’s work for the salon’s founder, Budi Zulbakri (best known as Bodie), whose skills as a barber are in hot demand, and he always goes the extra mile.
Bodie began by cutting his friends’ hair while at boarding school in Bogor, Indonesia. “I have always loved cutting hair and as my talent steadily developed, becoming a barber was a natural progression for me,” he says. Bodie’s also a talented abstract artist and his work graces the walls of The Stylish Man.
With work hard to find in Indonesia, Bodie moved to New Zealand over 22 years ago. Fond of a good story, he tells the tale of opening his first barbershop in the year 2000 in a tiny 16-square-metre room in Mt Eden Village.
Bodie’s ultimate goal was to provide upmarket, quality men’s hairdressing that was, well, stylish. Three years after opening that first space he moved to Newmarket and opened the doors to the first The Stylish Man at 255 Broadway.
Ten years later, The Stylish Man moved to 277. When plans were made to demolish the existing buildings to make way for the new Westfield, Bodie pivoted and relocated to Pollen Street in Ponsonby. The Stylish Man is still thriving in its Ponsonby home, but as soon as the paint was dry at 309 Broadway, the new Westfield, Bodie ordered quality leather furnishings along with a stack of the latest international magazines and opened a second The Stylish Man.
The Stylish Man is the epitome of high-end men’s grooming offering brands such as Kevin Murphy, JS Sloane, O&M, Pureology, evo, d:fi, Joe Grooming, American Crew, Redken and Uppercut as well as shaving brushes, beard oils and balms, and beard accessories.However, its secret sauce is a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere trimmed with a touch of humour. Bodie lives and breathes his brand, and he loves to have a bit of fun.