This neighbourhood joint, formerly known as Amplitude Barbershop, is a triple threat – barbershop, music store, and academy for dance and music. Chief barber Lex Low has been practising the craft of the cut since he was 16 years old; in June he partnered up with Jonathan Lim, founder of Amplitude Music, to open the barbershop. In the front and on the walls, guitars are mounted alongside posters of rockers past and present; the back area is the barber space, decked with a couch, leather chairs and pomade products from America, Holland and Indonesia. Lex also brews his own pomade – the water-based LeQuiff&Co – and takes to the streets to cut hair for the homeless, the orang asli and the underprivileged.
Go in for a beard trim, a haircut, a fade, and have a conversation with the boys – it has a hip-but-homey vibe, without a hint of pretension. They also offer free cuts by their barber apprentices, under the watchful eyes of Lex, of course.