Becoming a barber was a natural decision for Ismail Yesilçimen, 46. He is already a barber in the third generation. Father and grandfather were respected barbers and their skills were known all over Istanbul, where the family had many men’s salons.
Already seven years old, Ismail earned pocket money by cleaning in the family barbershop. Soon Ismail was working there all his vacations in addition to going to school. At the age of 16, he was a thoroughbred barber with his own clientele. Until the young man got a better offer.
“There were 27 employees in our salon, six of whom were chosen to work in the luxury ski resort. I was one of them. I was there for nine winter seasons as a barber for the rich.”
In ski resorts, Ismail made use of his other expertise. Following fashion and the music world, DJ’s work interested him and it became his passion for a long time, which soon replaced barber’s work. DJ’s work took Ismail across Europe from one club to another in the shower circles. This continued until he met a Finnish beauty.
Life took surprising paths and the soon-to-be-successful DJ moved to Helsinki with his new wife in 2000. In Finland, Ismail continued DJing and there were enough jobs from trendy clubs in Helsinki to ski resorts in Lapland. However, the constant touring and night work was difficult for the new father. The dream of owning a barbershop began to sprout in Ismail’s mind. It was time to dig out the barber scissors again.
In Helsinki, Ismail soon gained a foothold as a skilled barber, but for the hair artist who spent his childhood in full-service men’s salons, ordinary assembly line work was not enough.
LeMans represents what Ismail wants to offer to the men of Helsinki: an all-encompassing men’s salon, where, in addition to hair and beard care, the customer experiences a relaxing moment away from everyday life.