Not long ago, we were introduced to Harry’s razors.
For the first time in a while, there was a man’s shaving razor being marketed without claiming the most advanced scientific technology or that it was inspired by a futuristic military contraption. Harry’s blades are simple, fine-crafted items made in Germany by engineers with decades of experience working with high-grade steel. We like Harry.
So, when I got the chance to check out Harry’s first “offline space,” a barbershop called Harry's Corner Shop on Macdougal Street in the SoHo section of Manhattan, I jumped at it.
Besides shaving products (including some cool non-Harry’s stuff), the store stocks a variety of items, including Makr leather goods, Sleepy Jones boxers, Public Supply notebooks, Geneva portable speakers, Swiss-made Caran d'Ache pens, Hanes white tees to change into prior to your cut. All are well-made items that any smart gentleman looking for a neat haircut and a clean shave will appreciate.
Sitting in the chair, I felt at home right away. My Uncle had an old school barbershop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Harry’s place is a modern take on that kind of traditional shop; it’s got that same vintage vibe.
Duval, the head barber at Harry's Corner Shop, is from Brooklyn and I could tell right away that he knew what he was doing. We had a good conversation. Turns out, his father and grandfather were barbers and his dad owned his own shop down in New Jersey. Hearing about what Duval’s father had taught him reminded me a lot of what Lenny the Barber has taught me.
I didn’t need much work done, so Duval took a little off the sides, shaped my mustache and lightened my beard. Duval made a good point when he was working on my beard. He knew right away that I’d shaved my beard line myself. He said he could tell that I used the razor in a downward motion at the top of my cheeks, cutting into my beard and leaving the beard lines below my eyes uneven and choppy.
Duval’s tip was to shave in an upward motion whenever fixing the lines in a beard or a light stubble. It’s a better angle for getting the precision you need in that spot.
I’m happy I stopped by Harry's Corner Shop on my way home and I liked Duval’s work. It was the perfect trip to the barbershop. I left feeling refreshed and confident. And I learned something new.