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Goodbye from FUR
We have some big news from FUR. After 30 years cutting killer do’s across Melbourne, we (Frank and Nat) have decided to hand the scissors over to the next generation of coif cutters.
It was a huge decision, but with the business as strong as it’s ever been, we feel like now is the right time to sashay away. From September 1st, Erica (who many of you know) takes over the Fitzroy store with her new salon, GAG HAIRDRESSING .
You can still book a cut or style with the same number. And never fear, FRANK will still be there for a while to help with the transition – after thirty years, he can’t wait to be an employee again!
We are proud of the legacy we have built up over three decades. FUR has always been a positive, creative space for self-expression, inclusion and tolerance. A space that always welcomed diversity and experimentation. Somewhere anyone can feel comfortable. Whether in the early days in Greville Street or in the city store and now in Fitzroy.
We couldn’t have done any of it without your love and loyalty. Thank you to everyone who has supported FUR. You’ve all been amazing and we will miss you the most.
Of course, Frank will never stop tinkering with exciting ideas. All the FUR products you know and love will still be available online, with some exciting new collabs to come.
Frank & Nat
FUR Christmas Trading Hours
CLOSED: Christmas Eve
CLOSED: Christmas Day
CLOSED: Boxing Day
OPEN: New Year’s Eve
CLOSED: New Year’s Day
CLOSED: 2nd Jan
Back on the Thursday the 3rd of January
celebrating fur, australia’s most ambitious hair salon
Remembering 22 years of perms, posters, performances and positive messages with owner Frank Valvo.
When Frank Valvo opened FUR with his partner Nat Clutterbuck in 1996, it was as a vehicle to express himself artistically. A creative who thrives on collaboration and whose mind forms ideas at twice the average rate, Frank saw FUR as a way to help other hairdressers “find their own style in a space where they didn’t have to be a cookie cutter.” And over two decades, that’s just what they’ve done. As the go-to for Melbourne kids who crave cool, interesting hair, FUR is as much a community of like-minded thinkers as it is a salon or business. Beyond the bold makeovers and urban legends regarding the vast amount of bleach they use every day, FUR is like a second home to many creatives, attracted by the genuine heart and soul injected into the place by its owners.
Also a testament to this creative community is the incredible amount of cool merch FUR has created over the years. Working in collaboration with artists and close friends like Fergadelic, Shauna and Misha from P.A.M., Six Degrees architects, Esther Olsson, HTRK’s Jonnine Standish, Deanne Cheuk, James Eisen and many more, they’ve made everything from controversial staff uniforms to traffic-stopping totes and t-shirts, business cards, mugs, posters and even umbrellas. It’s not unusual to walk out of FUR with more than just a great haircut and it’s typically something that makes you think a little bit differently about the world.
Over their 20 years, FUR have made a colourful mark on the city. At their height they ran three sustainably-focussed salons before closing two to focus on their Fitzroy headquarters. Along the way they’ve thrown iconic parties raising money for mental health, allowed a group of young kids to take over their salon for two days for charity, had interpretive dancers roll around the floor during business hours, held second-hand fashion sales, art shows, filled their sinks with oysters and made beautiful mix tapes for anyone who cared to listen. Entertaining us—just beyond our comfort zone—has always been business as usual for these guys.
At times it’s an approach that has almost seen them shut down. For one of their more memorable window displays, Frank worked with an artist, sticking up 370 images from old porn magazines alongside messages like ‘Be Brave, Don’t Shave’ and ‘Go Sicilian, Not Brazilian’. As he explains, the sentiment was “actually very anti-porn” but the public, as well as a Jehovah’s Witness convention that had ambled by, apparently didn’t see it that way and after numerous complaints, the police demanded its removal.
As a self-declared provocateur who loves pushing creative limits, Frank isn’t thrilled with the trajectory of hairdressing. He explains, “barbers have been really bad for hair creativity. Sure, it’s cheaper but they do the same thing to everyone. No one has hair anymore. Like, have some hair, who gives a shit!” Alongside this is his desire to make hairdressing respectable as a craft again. With people cutting hair at home and barbers bringing down the price, and along with it the standard, Frank would like the industry to re-think its approach and help to bring some class back to hairdressing. To this end, he and his staff recently began wearing suits in the salon. He does what he can.
In terms of hair trends, right now FUR is focussed on “grungy, punky, extreme looks”—clever cuts that look like they could be done at home, but couldn’t have been done at home. In line with this, Frank is also on a mission to make crimped hair acceptable for men again. He’s not wrong when he reminds us that “it looked great on Robert Smith” and we have little doubt that if anyone can convince guys to grow and crimp their hair, it’s going to be the man behind FUR.
This article was originally published in i-D
OUT OF THE CLOSET with frank valvo (furhairdressing)
OUT OF THE CLOSET