barbers and lismore hosiery


Barbers; good ones are hard to come by. I had a brilliant one in Milwaukee the summer of 1993. Harry sounds great – here’s some details from an excellent post and picture from the Sartorialist

His name is Harry.
He has been cutting hair for 65 years!
The first time I went to his shop I asked “Do you cut with clippers?”
“Yes” he said.
“Do you like to cut with clippers?” I asked.
“No, cutting with clippers is for animals” he replied.
I knew I found my new barber.

I’ve had my hair cut by several very good barbers in NYC but none have used the little service details like Harry. Harry is all about technique. Just before shaving the back of my neck with a straight blade he wipes the shaving cream off with the handle of the blade so he can really see what he is cutting. He places the talc on a little hand towel before patting it on your neck,
He also hums indescribable tunes while cutting your hair. I don’t know if he is the best barber but you don’t run across characters like him very often.

While you are at the Sartorialist – don’t miss this excellent post (particularly the photographs) of the closing day of Lismore Hosiery.


Written by teppo

August 4, 2006 at 5:58 am

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  1. I’ve been a Barber for 34 yrs. My dad’s a Barber, at least 55 yrs, and I have to agree with Harry. Clippers are for animals! The Barbering technique is all but lost to beauticians ‘shearing’ hair with clippers and attachments like so many sheep.
    Keep up the good work Harry, I still love this business.

    “Phil the Barber”



    September 12, 2006 at 2:51 am

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