Barbercon was launched in 2016 by Founder Lee Resnick as the live networking event for Barbershopconnect, the first social site exclusively for barbers. The event brings together thousands of high-profile and amateur barbers, cosmetologists and brands from around the world. In particular, the last three Barbercons featured members of the barbering community from around the country as well as United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Spain.
Organizers hope to double the size of Barbercon for the first time ever by holding the festival for two days, June 10 and June 11.
“There is a culture surrounding the craft of barbering that has really grown over the past several years,” Resnick said. “Barbershopconnect’s Instagram page has over a million followers now, and while we started Barbercon first and foremost as an educational opportunity for aspiring barbers to learn from the best in the business, we have seen it evolve into a lifestyle event with individuals and brands outside of the barbering space.”
Barbercon 2018 will be comprised of three stages for live haircutting tutorials and product demonstrations as well as education classes and an expanded indoor/outdoor Barbercon Marketplace. Next year’s Barbercon will have the new addition of the outdoor festival area that is comprised of artisanal food trucks, drinks, music, games, and an exclusive VIP Lounge with a private bar, comfortable lounge area, activations, gift bags and more.
Furthermore, the event will feature the prestigious Barbercon Awards and a barber themed art gallery. Unique surprises and guests will be at the festival. In 2016, rapper Fat Joe presented Rich The Barber with a Barbercon Award and the event’s organizers are expecting more special guests for next year’s festivities.
Previous vendors included Oster Professional Products, Gibs Grooming, Hattori Hanzo, BaBylissPRO, Barbicide, L’Oreal and Layrite. For vendors looking to participate in Barbercon 2018, visit www.barbercon.com. You can also purchase tickets to the event on the website.