With the trend of barbershops showing no sign of stopping especially in Singapore, I am so excited to have been invited by Telja Studios’s founder/Head Stylist, Chubbs for a haircut and have a chat about her experience of building Telja Studios from ground up.
In the early days, Chubbs was working in an e-commerce startup but realized she could do more than that. She wanted to pursue a career in men’s grooming and able to bring much more positive impact in the community. Despite facing initial resistances, such as financial constraint and society perception about lady working as a barber, she decided to take the risk to leave her job and start practicing barbering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015. Under the guidance of Lex Low from OTHRS Barbershop (previously known as Amplitude Barbershop), Chubbs went through a 6 months immersive hands-on apprenticeship. At that time, she was also exposed to how barbering able to bring social impact, by providing barbering skills to the less fortunate community.
After coming back from Malaysia, Chubbs then setup Telja Studios, with the word “Telja”- an Icelandic term, which means “to believe”. She used this word to signify the many people who had believed in her to embark on this journey. More importantly, it was believing her vision that through barbering, it will bring a positive impact to the individuals who walks in and eventually empower the community with barbering skills.