Firm is hair today but not gone tomorrow

Banbury Postiche wig makers. Owner, Nick Allen, right with staff in the showroom. NNL-150317-180431009
Banbury Postiche wig makers. Owner, Nick Allen, right with staff in the showroom. NNL-150317-180431009

A wig maker and hairdressing supplier which has been going for 90 years allowed a behind the scenes glimpse at its open day.

Banbury Postiche welcomed more than 30 people last Wednesday to tour the factory as well as to take a look at some items from wig making’s past.

The former family-owned business was set up in 1925 by the Mulley family in the town centre.

It moved to its current location at Little Bourton House, on Southam Road, in the 1960s.

Sales director Nick Allen said the firm also showed visitors some of the new products which were available.

He said: “It went well. We had a number of people come down and have a look to see what we do and a few bought products.

“It was worthwhile. Local people came too as well as the professionals.

“We have some old equipment we keep for interest and to show how things used to be. Thirty people came through the door which was good considering we are a niche market.

“One of the messages that needs to go out is people seem to think they need to be referred for an appointment.

“Anyone can ring for an appointment – they don’t need to be referred by a doctor.”

He added: “There used to be a bus that came up from the town to where we are now and there used to be a mini-canteen.

“The company employed 60 people in its day.

“We do manufacture and we hand make wigs and hairpieces. It is a dying art, but we still do it here. I hope to continue that. It makes us unique.”

Banbury Postiche can be found online at www.banbury
postiche.co.uk