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Bangkok's barbershop culture gets a boost as renowned Dutch duo visit the capital's Three Brothers

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No woman has ever been allowed in Schorem Haarsnijder en Barbier (Schorem haircutter and barber) in Rotterdam, the shop’s founders Bertus and Leen said without any trace of fear that this might be offensive to the opposite sex. They once even refused entry to a female journalist assigned to write a story about their shop. 

Bertus, left, and Leen, the Dutch godfathers of the neo-barber trade.

“We refused all the women,” said Bertus. “Even my mother, my sister and my daughter. Because when a girl is in the shop, the guys don’t know how to relax, and we don’t offer the service to women so why should they come inside? We love them, we love to look at them, we got the magazines with girls in them, but no, a barbershop is just for guys. They have to stay out — it’s a guy thing.”

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