BLOG: The Power of Collaboration by MHFed founder, Adam Sloan
Owner of Bin Yin Barber Shop, Adam Sloan founded the MHFed in 2013 to help maintain and enhance traditional barbering and men’s hairdressing skills and values, while incorporating and encouraging innovative, progressive and forward-thinking ideas. In his spare time, Adam has written the City & Guilds Level 2 Men’s Hairdressing and Level 3 VRQ as well as being a moderator and member for both ladies and men’s hairdressing on the City & Guilds Advisory Board.
At the MHFed, we’re firm believers that collaboration with other industry creatives is the way forward.
It’s sometimes easy to feel protective over your creative content whether that’s in the form of a photo shoot or event, but we want to explain how collaborating with others can maximise not only your contact book, but your portfolio, experience and success.
Since the MHFed was founded in 2013, we’ve collaborated with some of the hair industry’s successful names such as MK, Desmond Murray, Foxy and Tracey Devine Smith. So much so, they’ve gone on to be MHFed ambassadors. In 2014, myself, Aaron Dorn and Joe Sloan joined the ambassadors to create our very first photographic collection, In God We Trust. Everyone took a dab hand at injecting their hairdressing and barbering skills into the collection that was shot by Desmond Murray. Since then, In God We Trust has been featured not only in UK based hair magazines, but internationally, too. This collaborative photo shoot has helped strengthen and broaden the MHFed message and paved the way for what was our next competitive venture to find our Young Feds Artistic Team – a group of four young men’s hairdressers and barbers who the MHFed could help hone their skills to be the next big thing in the industry.
After being inundated with entries for the Young Feds Artistic Team, we narrowed it down to the final four: Josh Lamonca, Menspire; Simon Fresh Fade Kibbler, Image Barber; Danny Robinson, Danny & Co Barbers Oldham; and Richie Martin of Rebel Rebel.
For 2015, the MHFed have a year jam packed with collaborative events to help propel the Young Feds Artistic Team into the forefront of the hair industry. They have already worked with some of the MHFed ambassadors on various skills master classes and others include celebrity hairdresser, Lee Stafford.
In the coming year, we’re working towards collaborating not only with other hairdressers and barbers, but fashion labels and hair brands to take the MHFed’s ethos of collaboration to the next level.