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A Camper’s Companion

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When Sam Buffa opened F.S.C. Barber in 2006 as the grooming arm of Freemans Sporting Club, the locally sourced men’s clothing and accessories destination on the Lower East Side, it provided an affordable old-world cut-and-shave refuge for the downtown set’s long-haired, bearded masses. A West Village sister store and a recent move cross-country later, and the concept shop has ignited a resurgence of quality personal care for men. With its stocks of apothecary brands like Malin + Goetz, Baxter of California, and Geo F. Trumper, a trip to F.S.C. Barber means the opportunity to re-up on rosewater astringents, cucumber toners, and, starting this week, an in-house offering simply called Untitled, the first offering of which is a clean-burning candle. The hand-poured soy wax blend boasts a fresh, woodsy scent that mingles cypress, galbanum, and vetiver with lime myrtle and thyme for an aroma that’s made all the more flannel shirt-friendly with its “camper’s” cup packaging. As with most things from Buffa, no detail was overlooked here: The nostalgic, speckled reusable receptacle comes from one of the oldest enamel manufacturers in the United States and the simple pine-and-birch outer packaging is sourced directly from Maine. That it will be a staple at summer barbecues goes without saying.

$55, available this week at F.S.C. Barber locations and www.shop.freemanssportingclub.com.

Photo: Courtesy of F.S.C. Barber

F.S.C. Barber Goes Bicoastal

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Who among us doesn’t harbor a tiny (read: not so tiny) crush on the dapper, mustachioed, vest-donning gentlemen that run (and frequent) New York’s Freemans Sporting Club and F.S.C. Barber? The shearing destination of choice for downtown scenesters who not only care about their cuts but also about the products they slather into their precise fades and carefully curated mop tops was one of the first such establishments to crop up on New York’s Lower East Side. Now, West Coasters are getting in on the old-timey grooming action. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” F.S.C. Barber co-founder Sam Buffa says of the decision to start a third outpost of his concept salon in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District with his brother Jonah. Officially opening tomorrow, the barbershop’s signature straight razor shaves and smart haircuts (humanely priced at $40) will be on offer on the corner of 18th Street and Valencia. Its comprehensive apothecary made the trip from the East Coast, too, featuring niche favorites from Malin + Goetz, Marvis toothpaste, Geo F Trumper shaving soaps, Odin candles, and badger hair shaving brushes. “Five years ago, I don’t think the guys in San Francisco would have been ready—but I’m really enjoying men’s style out here right now: Americana but more outdoorsy, with a seventies-Patagonia, Yosemite sort of feel,” says Buffa, who grew up in Kings Mountain, California. In keeping with the West Village and Lower East Side F.S.C. locations, the roomy 1,200-square-foot space is decidedly antiquarian: Vintage hand-carved mahogany and marble barber stations (originally created for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair), salvaged maple flooring from Virginia, and, for the waiting area, a red oak replica of a 1920′s railroad station bench. A small branch of the Freemans Sporting Club menswear store is conveniently located right next door. (Word to the wise/hungry: It is also a mere block away from Bi-Rite Creamery, which serves the finest salted caramel ice cream money can buy). “San Francisco is having a good moment right now,” says Buffa. “I really want this to be a neighborhood shop—just a comfortable place for people to hang out.” You don’t have to ask us twice.

Photo: Ethan Scott for FSC Barber