Old Is New: Retro Barbershop Revival

Last fall, we featured Open Barbers, an exciting new project in queer hairdressing based in London. Since then, my eyes have been opened to the retro barbershop revival. The trend has been going on for quite some time, but I suppose I had never paid much attention to it until our contributor Zoya showcased Open Barbers on our site and I realized that barbershop pampering could be added to my gift list for the dapperQs in my life.

Clara at work on Ingo © Phil Mills

Here are some other retro barbershops to check out right here in the U.S.:


Bethany Paul, stylist and part owner at Graceland. Image via Daily News

Graceland interior. Image via Daily News

Graceland, co-owned by Bethany Paul (pictured above) and Corvette Hunt, is an Elvis themed barbershop in Brooklyn, NY. According to Time Out New York, Hunt has “styled wigs for Madonna, Patricia Field, the B-52s and more divas than you can shake a falsie at; he also performed drag at some of NYC’s biggest clubs, including Tunnel, Sound Factory and Limelight.” Queer friendly? Check! 677 Lorimer St between Frost and Withers Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Image via GQ

Image via Village Voice

The Blind Barber has two locations: one in L.A. and one in NYC. Both offer a “complimentary” cocktail with your pricy cuts and treatments. But that’s not the only reason to schedule your appointment after work. Both have back doors that lead to bars where cool kids in the know drink and schmooze, tapping their wingtips to the tunes of a DJ. A DJ? Yes, DJ. Queer takeover is a must!  New York location: 339 E 10th St (between Aves A and B), Manhattan. Los Angeles location: 10797 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA.


Image via Citysearch

Image via Citysearch

Called the first “proper” hipster barbershop in NYC, F.S.C. has two locations: The first, opened in 2006, is located in NYC’s once grimy but now gentrified Lower East Side. The second opened two years later in the well monied West Village. Both have beautiful decor and offer classic barber services. Lower East Side location:8 Rivington Street, New York. West Village location:5 Horatio Street, New York.


Image via Belmont Barbershop

Chicago beat New York price wise, that’s for sure. Belmont specializes in the pompadour, all for $17. And, you still get all the retro atmosphere! 2328 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.

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