Harry’s Keeps The Downtown Set Looking Sharp
There are few guys that understand the luxury of a hot shave, but Harry’s, a grooming company that set out to provide stylish, well-crafted razors at reasonable prices, is determined to bring back the barbershop experience. There is something to be said about the badass-ness of a straight razor—letting a person wield a sharp blade over your bare neck is intrinsically dangerous and can be potentially lethal. And on the quiet, neighborhood-y MacDougal Street in Soho, you’ll find that this American pastime is alive and well at The Corner Shop. The intimate, 300-square-foot space boasts two refurbished 1920s Koken barber chairs—along with a well-edited selection of products (ranging from $6 Hanes tees to Makr leather goods). Naturally, Harry’s razors and shave cream are also available for purchase. Hanging on the walls are framed pages from retro barber catalogs picked up in Harlem, and at the far end of the space, a record player spinning vinyls by bands who recorded in New York City. The staff is equally legit: You could say Duval Lawton has razor-wielding talent in his blood (both his father and grandfather cut hair in Jamaica), and Matthew Wire spent over a decade in California tending to Hollywood’s leading men. And for today’s modern gent, there is convenient online booking and in-house iPads used to record photos and details (like the type of clipper guard used) each time a customer gets a trim. I for one appreciate a well-kept man who lives on the edge and fully understands the perils of stubble.
The Corner Shop, 64 MacDougal Street, New York, NY, (646)-964-5193; www.harrys.com