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‘Velo Barber’ gives fashionable cuts to New York’s elite from his Citi Bike salon

Julien Howard’s barbershop is wherever you need it to be. A recent summer afternoon found him in lower Manhattan at the corner of Lafayette and Howard streets trimming one customer’s hair from the seat of a parked Citi Bike. He used the bike basket next to him as a makeshift counter. For more than a decade, Howard has been cutting and coiffing the hair of some of the city’s most fashionable residents, but you won’t usually find him at a salon. Howard, known as the Vélo Barber, brings his craft to his customers, biking whenever and almost wherever they need him. “Life is short,” said Howard. “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.” His work takes him to some exotic locations. The Velo Barber gives a h ...