Stylist ‘overwhelmed’ by the loyalty of his his customers

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A Buckingham hairdresser worked 12-hour days last week, to fit in all the regular customers who were queuing up for a one last trim before his retirement.

On his final day of trading on Saturday, Giovanni Floris had appointments from 7.30am to 8.30pm at his Bridge Street salon, Giovanni’s.

Mr Floris, aged 71, has hung up his scissors after 39 years cutting hair in Buckingham.

He told the Advertiser muscle problems with his legs and hands had finally convinced him it was time to stop work.

Mr Floris came to the UK from Sardinia in 1959, aged just 17, speaking no English.

After trying a variety of jobs, he decided to make his career as a hairdresser, working in salons in Reading, Maidenhead, London and Newbury before becoming manager of a new salon in Wolverton.

Customers coming over from Buckingham suggested he set up a salon in the town.

While he did not find it easy to break into Buckingham, Mr Floris persisted and eventually succeeded.

He said: “I was very very busy from the beginning.

“From the first two or three months, I built up quite a lot of clientelle once they got to know. I brought in the modern styling, the way we developed the blow-waves, the styling, to get away from the set. We used to do a lot of long hair. I think I could have done a better job than anyone around. When there used to be the Pineapple Ball at Stowe, I used to have people come up from London for me to do their hair.”

Mr Floris, who lives in Bicester, has said goodbye to many loyal customers who had been with him for years.

He said: “It’s a kind of feeling, having so many people who stay with you for so many years, I’m overwhelmed the way they feel about my work and the way I look after them.”