Owner, Purple Label Luxury Barbershop
DeJuan, a KC native, preformed his first barbershop duties at 14-years-old. By age 19 he knew his cuts were quality. After a couple of years at a local community college where Dejuan had signed to play baseball, he made the decision to switch schools and become a traditional barber.
He graduated from Ea La Mars Cosmetology and Barber College in 1995 and opened the doors to his first shop in 1997, Napps Barbershop in Olathe, Kansas. In 2010, DeJuan opened Purple Label in Overland Park, Kansas. He specifically decided to change the name in an effort to broaden the demographic and diversity of his customers. Purple, to signify royalty and the Paleolithic tradition that cutting hair was a duty of the wisest priests, and Label, as a reference to his first storefront, Napps.
In 1998, DeJuan became the Official Barber of the Kansas City Chiefs. As the in-house Barber from 1998-2010, DeJuan would set up shop every Thursday during the season, and even travel with the team. In 2004, he became Barber to the Royals. The afternoon of the second and third game of every home stand, all coaches and players, including Ned Yost, visit DeJuan’s in-stadium. Formerly an old utility closet, the Royals built an actual barbershop in the stadium in 2015, equipped with everything DeJuan needs to keep the players looking fresh. DeJuan was also the Barber for the Jayhawks for five years.
DeJuan believes in the, “If you’re gonna do it, do it right,” attitude. He has never taken out a loan to build his old school barbershops, with modern advancements like WiFi and a myriad of KC sports memorabilia. His hard work and resilient attitude are paying off, as he continues to receive accolades for having “the best hands around!”
What makes KC a great environment for creativity and the arts?
KC has great things on the horizon. I like all the great expansion projects I see which is important for economic growth. With the KC Royals present (2015) World Series Champions, that puts us in the eye of decision makers to keep Kansas City at the forefront of new projects. KC has a lot of hidden creative artists, windows are being opened daily to expose artists such as myself.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
My most recent discoveries are the Green Lady Lounge and Tank Room.
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
New York City! I’m a big city person. I could wear the “I <3 NY” shirt because I do love everything about fast pace, shopping, people, walkability, entertainment, networking…I could go on and on!
What's your most treasured possession?
I am a man that possesses a lot of things – cars, jewelry, shoe collections – but my children are my “treasured possessions.” They are the ones I’d die for.
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
James Bond – 007, why not? We have similarities in last name. We’ve been closely related since I was a young lad. Pierce Bronson was my dude. My favorite Bond film is Tomorrow Never Dies.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
I’ve had tons of influences in my life, personal and business. I’d have to say I most admire my parents for the core values they’ve given me. From my first steps, words, adolescent years and adulthood. My stepfather for showing me the ways of being a man. My mother for loving me unconditionally, the sacrifices she made, the endless list of wisdom, but also showing me how to be a true business entrepreneur.
When and where are you happiest?
When I’m shopping in a big city. Or when I find the time to draw/paint or be crafty it’s very relaxing. And of course, in my work element.