In 1979, John Allan began his career in Paris. As Director, John Allan set up the Jean Louis David Training Center in the flagship salon at Henri Bendels, NYC. It was here that he taught cutting techniques while educating the JLD staff on the latest styles from Europe. After nearly 10 years in the salon business with JLD, John Allan saw an opportunity to fill a major void in the industry: MEN, and in 1988, seizing the opportunity to fill that void, John Allan's first club was born. His innovative blend of the traditional old style barbershop with the services and amenities of a high-end salon spurred the resurgence of the men's grooming market in the United States.