I’m often asked how I came to be in America. Honestly, I’m not terribly impressed by myself, but when I think about myself as a 15 year old boy starting work in the intimidating atmosphere and ambience of René of Mayfair, I don’t even have words. I don’t even know how I got to the subway station. And a lot of people think I’m from South Africa, because I lived there for five years, but it was more of a passing stop – a very pivotal stop that affected my whole life. Bumble and bumble in South Africa was essentially a test run before I came to America.
Listen to Michael tell the story of Bumble and bumble’s humble beginnings in New York below. Read More
We could call this the beginning of the end of grand salons. We could also say it’s the end of an era, having two of the most influential french hairdressers pass away at the same time. I had actually wanted to include both of them in Hair Heroes, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Read More
Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Surf Spray’s launch. I was recently going through my photo archive and stumbled upon a collection of photos from a pre-launch shoot we did in Miami in 2000. There was a certain texture of hair I’d always liked that was perfect for showing off the way we cut hair at Bumble. Our razor cutting technique, created by Howard and Raymond McLaren and myself, seemed to go together with this idea of a salt spray. Howard perfected this technique way beyond the scope of anyone else, and it became part of the Bumble arsenal. Part of the Bumble mystique was that we married the cut with the right product – like finding a specific ingredient to enhance a recipe. Read More
As we grow older it sometimes proves difficult to make new friends, especially for someone like myself who is more reserved. On a rare occasion, you may meet or be introduced to someone with whom you quickly connect. I recently made a new friend, Barrett Martin, whom I met because he married one of my closest friends, Lisette. He is an accomplished musician, visual artist, and prolific writer. The essay shared below comes from his new book of short stories, The Way of the Zen Cowboy: Fireside Stories from a Globetrotting Rhythmatist. I recommend that everyone read (and re-read) The Un-Man Falleth. Read More