MEET FABIO MARQUES - THE PORTUGESE BARBER ON DAVID BECKHAM'S SPEED DIAL

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If Classic cuts are your thing, then you’ve no doubt heard of Figaro’s Barbershop in Lisbon - a veritable haven for traditional tailor-made barbering.

Lesser known is the man behind the brand, and that’s because Fabio David Marques is about as unassuming as they come. Fabio tends to let his work speak for itself, and it’s this humility and dedication to craftsmanship that’s attracted some big names, David Beckham included.

Fabio, also known as the ‘sick barber’, opened Figaro’s back in 2014. Dedicated to preserving the dark-art of traditional men’s grooming, he and his team specialise in classic cuts from the 1920s through to the 50s. Think slick backs, pompadours and executive contours. 
    
That said, if you are feeling a little more experimental, you can walk out with a flat top boogie, a psycho quiff or a Jelly Roll. These are actual men’s hairstyles, I’m not just making words up. But don’t be intimidated by the jargon - Fabio and the boys will always advise you before taking the clippers to your hair.


We cornered the House 99 Master Barber on how he quietly created a mecca of old-school male grooming.

WHY CLASSIC CUTS? 

“I honestly believe these are the haircuts that suit every man. They seem to respect the anatomical shape of a man’s head somehow. 
    
The classic cuts are what I love to do and what I’ve specialised in. At the same time, I also enjoy doing longer haircuts inspired by the 1960s and 70s. It really just depends on what the customer wants and what will suit him best.”  


HOW DID YOU END UP GROOMING DAVID BECKHAM? 

“I met David during a shoot that was happening here at Figaro´s. He asked if he could get a haircut afterwards. It all happened very spontaneously. 
   Matter of taste.”    


HOW OFTEN DO YOU UPDATE YOUR OWN LOOK?

“My own hairstyle tends to oscillate between a slightly pomped slick back and a long trim pompadour. 
    
Sometimes I like to taper the sides and back so they’re faded. Other times, like right now, I let everything grow out to a super long trim. I’m less experimental with my beard - I’ll let it grow for a week and then go right back to a clean shave. 
    
That said, I’m never without my moustache; it’s been 10 years we’ve been together and I don’t think I could bear to see my face without it.”


LIKE EVERY GUY, I WANT GREAT HAIR. ANY TIPS?

“My ultimate tip is to find a good barber that knows what he’s doing and stick to his advice. Once you’re in the hands of a professional, he’ll help you shape and maintain your most flattering hair and beard style.”  


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PRODUCTS IN THE HOUSE 99 RANGE?    

“That’s a tough one because I like all of them - including the skincare products.  But, if I keep the focus on hair, I’d have to say the Smooth Back Shaping Pomade is my favourite. Followed by the Tight Grip Fixing Spray and the Seriously Groomed Beard & Hair Balm.”


HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARBER, AND WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING OTHERWISE?    

I started cutting hair around the age of 15. Then I graduated from law school and spent a number years in the corporate world. Barbering was just a part time hobby in the early days, but at some point, I decided I was done with the corporate job and wanted to be fully dedicated to barbering. 
    
Being a barber is my dream job. But if that hadn’t worked out, I would have liked to work in cinema - I’ve always been passionate about film. Maybe I’ll do that next...who knows.”

If you’re considering a classic cut, check out Figaro’s Barbershop, and read up on How to achieve an iconic 1950s haircut.

 

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