Robin Barker was born in England of Royal Stewart blood and the son of a successful lawyer. He started his hairdressing career in London, England in the sixties and was managing a salon within two years. He immigrated to Canada, eventually becoming head stylist of Gus Caruso’s, Toronto’s number one salon.
In 1971 Robin Barker opened his own business, which became the first salon where makeovers became an integral part of the service. At this time, Robin gave Moses Znaimer, the co-founder of CityTV, an idea for a TV show, which became City Line. Robin was a regular on the show for over 30 years.
Robin has represented many leading companies as a “Platform Artist”, including a Roy Thompson Hall production for L’Oreal as Premier Stylist where he shared the stage with Alexander de Paris. His work has been in every major trade magazine in the world such as Vogue and Italian Vogue. For three years he was the Artistic Director, and served as President for four years for the Guild of Hair Design.
Robin was also a long time member of Intercoiffure and the official hairdresser for the Miss Universe Canada Pageant for many years. Robin Barker has received many accolades and awards including Imagine Mirror Awards, the Contessa, plus the coveted Gus Caruso.Much of Robin’s time has been charity driven. As G.H.D. President, he is very proud of being the first in the beauty and fashion world to organize a show to raise money for AIDS – specifically the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He has been involved with the SickKids Hospital Telethon and was also the motivational force to promote the Parkinson’s Cut-A-Thon event nationally.
RAFFAELLO SALON & SPA
132 Cumberland Street – 2nd Floor 416 929 0021
HOURS OF BUSINESS
Tue: 10AM – 5PM
Thu: 11AM – 7PM
Fri: 9AM – 4PM
Sat: 9AM – 4PM