August 29 2014

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The Barbershop Concept Booms In Brooklyn


New York’s old-timey barbershop resurgence is well-charted territory. Between Tommy Guns, Frank’s Chop Shop, and The Blind Barber, style-conscious gentlemen (and equal-opportunist ladies) can get a no-nonsense cut and hot-towel shave in an artfully rugged environment at a host of locations across Lower Manhattan. It should be pointed out, however, that most of these fine grooming establishments owe a small debt of gratitude to F.S.C. Barber. The barbershop and apothecary that opened its doors on Freemans Alley on the Lower East Side in 2006 has since expanded to become a three-salon operation, popularizing the barbershop movement in the process. After going bicoastal with a San Francisco outpost last spring, team F.S.C. has now set up shop across the East River. Barber & Supply, as their Brooklyn flagship is called, is an amalgamation of founder Sam Buffa’s expertise in retail, service, and design. The same $40 haircuts and straight razor shaves the downtown set has come to rely on are still on the menu at the Williamsburg location, which is a visual marvel—and a product fiend’s dream come true. The 3,000-square-foot space that features custom walnut flooring, original, 1960s-style Belmont barber chairs with built-in ashtrays, and a handcrafted white oak and onyx back bar is part company headquarters, part barbershop—and part retail paradise; in addition to an extensive product selection brimming with offerings from brands like Baxter of California and Marvis, Barber & Supply will also sponsor a collaborative series of pop-ups located in an adjoining 200-square-foot nook, which will debut with Malin + Goetz when the shop officially opens its custom-built, mechanic’s garage door this weekend. Brooklyn’s bearded masses are no doubt counting down the hours.

Barber & Supply, 101 N. 8th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 522-4959. Walk-in service only.

Photo: Courtesy of Barber & Supply