BIOGRAPHY OF COLIN MIDDLEDITCH
Located in the Gold Coast for over 60 years, Colin of London is a fixture on Oak Street. Colin Middleditch has been featured on TV and other media numerous times throughout his career. Colin loved his job to the fullest. He mostly enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them. Over his years he had catered to many prominent people. The list reads as a who’s who of Chicago. Colin styled businessman, celebrities, and gangsters starting in the 50’s and 60’s. In 1959 Colin Middleditch sweep the awards at the National Barber Show in New York. Colin was named men’s hair stylist of the year, and subsequently holding the title of “World Cup Champion Hairstylist For Men”. Up until age 87 Colin was still cutting hair for some of his most loyal men clientele. At 88 Colin retired from cutting hair, during which time he dearly missed his craft and the friendships he had created along the way. Colin passed away on 8/17/2014. His memory will forever be treasured. Obituary by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune.
Location is everything
Colin arrived in America with just a few dollars in hand after answering an ad for a barbershop looking to hire English barbers. This barbershop was located a couple of blocks away from where the present Colin Of London resides. Luck would have it for Colin to land in the most prestigous part of town, the Gold Coast. The location gave Colin and his staff the opportunity to cater to the “rich and famous” of the city.
Whats in a name?
Why Colin Of London? Using his name and the and the place where he began mastering his craft, pondering over what to name his own salon…simply, “Colin Of London” of which he came to be known. Initially a barber shop, the salon evolved over the years incorperating beauty services for women, tanning beds, laser hair removal, and most recently salt therapy.