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Rudy's Barbershop is a chain of barbershops founded in Seattle, Washington and located primarily on the United States West Coast. The first Rudy's was opened by Alex Calderwood, David Petersen and Wade Weigel in 1992. Rudy's Barbershops are known for their casual, retro-hip aesthetic.


Alex Calderwood, a club promoter, was inspired to found the first Rudy's during occasional visits to Sig's, a neighborhood barbershop. Seeking to combine the traditional barbershop experience with trendier hairstyles that would appeal to a younger clientele, Calderwood, along with partners Weigel and Petersen, opened the first location in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1992. [1] The name Rudy was inspired by the character of the same name from the television program Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.[2]

By 2003 the chain had expanded to eight properties - four additional Seattle locations, plus two shops in Los Angeles and one in Portland, Oregon. [3] There are presently 14 Rudy's barbershops in Seattle, Los Angeles and Portland.[4] A New York location is planned for 2009 and will be co-located in the new Ace Hotel New York, another Calderwood and Weigel venture. [5]

Brand Extensions

In 2006 Calderwood, Weigel and Petersen opened "Rudolph's", a more upscale version of Rudy's that took appointments (Rudy's shops operate on a no appointment/walk-in basis). The sole Rudolph's shop is in Los Angeles.[6]


  1. ^ Custom Cuts[1], Metropolis, November 2007, Accessed March 8, 2009.
  2. ^ Cutting Edge, New York Times Magazine, March 2001
  3. ^ Hip barbershop chain opens first Portland store[2], Portland Business Journal, April 22, 2003, Accessed March 6, 2009.
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  5. ^ Aces Wild[3], W Magazine, December 2008, Accessed March 4, 2009.
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