The salon is now the subject of a documentary, Cuts: The Movie, by filmmaker Sarah Lewis. Nineteen years in the making, a crowdfunding initiative has just been launched to ensure the release of her labour of love.

Founded by the late James Lebon – so much a part of the London subcultural scene that his coffin was covered in Stüssy stickers – Cuts was known for its lo-fi surroundings and high-impact hairstyles. Lebon, who studied at the Vidal Sassoon academy and later became a filmmaker and graphic artist, first set up shop at a basement stall in Kensington market.

Within four years, Cuts had moved to a new home on Frith Street, Soho. Together with his photographer brother Mark, the Lebon brothers fast became pivotal members of the Buffalo collective, James’ androgynous flat-tops and rockabilly quiffs catching the eye of Ray Petri, Buffalo’s founder. Customers who were touched by the hand of Lebon included Boy George, Neneh Cherry, David Bowie and James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli (Lebon reportedly auditioned to Broccoli mid-cut, telling him that ‘James Lebon’ was only a few letters off ‘James Bond’). His work was also featured in contemporary style manuals, The Face and i-D. 

Although Lebon eventually left to pursue other things, and prematurely died in 2009, Cuts is still standing at its current home on Dean Street. Cuts: The Movie aims to be the story not just of a long-standing salon, but a remembrance of one man’s creative legacy.

Watch the trailer below:

Text by Sarah Waldron