The founder talks flower, fitting in, and taking the LSAT.
Jeff Laub is a few things: husband, father of a toddler, and the creative director and founder of Blind Barber, a barbershop-cocktail-bar-destination with six locations across the US. As you can probably imagine, he’s a busy guy. And contrary to some mightily outdated stereotypes, he smokes the devil’s lettuce as well. We recently caught up with Laub at his Highland Park location and chatted about love, life, and, of course, all things weed.
This is Jeff Laub’s story as told to Proper.
I was born in Jersey, but I'm from New York City. And now I live in Los Angeles. There's nothing wrong with Jersey, it just wasn't a place where I felt I was fitting in. I always felt like, deep down, I needed to be in a place that had more of an eclectic mix of ideas, acceptances, cultures, foods, etc. I do think I got a little bit of my grit from Jersey, but the minute I could get to New York at 18, I was out the door. I got accepted into NYU, which was probably the catalyst for everything that's come to me in my life. I met all of my best friends there. I was immersed in the city, trying to navigate a campus that really wasn't a campus but the real world happening right in front of me.
“Like anything else, if it's a backup plan, you're not fully invested.”
Originally, I thought I was going to be a lawyer because that’s what everyone tells you to do—get a good job, buy a house, get a family—so I studied history. Looking back now, I picked up skill sets that kept me moving forward in my current job as well—diving into research, learning what worked in the past, why people do what they do—basically learning how to learn. What I also learned is you have to, apparently, study for the LSAT. You can't just take them and fake it ‘til you make it. Long story short, I ended up with no job, really, really crummy LSAT scores, and back on my mom's couch in Jersey after graduating from NYU and living in New York City for four years. I was like, "What the fuck has happened?"