Australia’s own Blade Pullman has been named a global American Crew All Star Challenge champion for 2019.

The Chirn Park local was awarded equal first place alongside American delegate Emma Jankowski – marking the first joint-win in the competition’s 20 year history.

This year’s All Star Challenge finale also coincided with the brand’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which took place in the home of American Crew: New York City.

“This year’s event not only marked American Crew’s 25th anniversary, but also the first time the judging panel couldn’t decide on just one winner for the All-Star Challenge,” said Gillian Gorman Round, Global General Manager of American Crew.

“The two winning styles from Blade Pullman and Emma Jankowski were so different but struck a unique balance, showcasing what we saw as the heritage, present and future of the American Crew man.”

Pullman and Jankowski were chosen from a group of 14 qualifying stylists, each of whom was narrowed down from thousands of All Star Challenge entries.

The finale took place over a two-day photo shoot inside New York’s iconic MILK studios, with finalists working alongside industry experts to showcase their best cut and style, before capture by a team of American Crew photographers including brand founder, David Raccuglia.

Through a blind judging process, the winning photos were awarded using a points system that scored on creativity, technical ability and a true portrayal of the American Crew brand.

“For a stylist that is just starting out in his career, it has been amazing to be around all of the talented All-Star Challenge contestants,” said Blade Pullman, 2019 All-Star Challenge Global Champion.

This experience has truly instilled in me the culture of the barbering community and how impactful this competition is for our industry.”