The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is almost here and excitement is running high for both royal watchers and fashion-lovers. Nothing compares to a royal wedding for pure pageantry, tradition and, of course, British style.
In anticipation, the UK’s Department for International Trade invited us to a celebration of classic British grooming and fashion entitled "Fashion is Great." Situated in the luxurious Hardy Minnis showroom in Manhattan, the exhibit featured stalwarts of British fashion including Alfred Dunhill, Cad and the Dandy, Gladson New York, and Hardy Minnis. Truefitt & Hill and Pall Mall Barbers were on hand to represent the best of British grooming.
A celebration is nothing without good food and drink and they presented the best Britain has to offer. Tea service was provided by Wedgwood. Chapel Down served English sparkling wine and Llanllyr Source served tonic and ginger beer.
Here are the highlights for men’s grooming.
Truefitt & Hill
If you love a traditional barbershop experience, it’s hard to get more classic than Truefitt & Hill. Established in 1805 in St. James London, they hold the record in the Guinness Book of records as the world’s oldest barbershop. As for their royal connection, they are Royal Warrant holders to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.
Their long legacy is based on a commitment to only the highest quality of services and products. Despite their long heritage, they continually innovate and have a range of sophisticated modern products including one of my favorite serums of all time, the Advanced Treatment Serum.
If you’re in Washington DC, Chicago or, of course, London, stop by to experience their barbershops in person. Otherwise, you can enjoy their extraordinary products to add a touch of royalty to your daily routine.
Pall Mall Barbers
Pall Mall Barbers, one of the leading independent barbers in London, are making their North American debut on 5th Ave in Manhattan. Established in 1896, they provide a mix of traditional grooming services and razor sharp modern style.
Richard Marshall, owner of Pall Mall Barbers, explains his decision to expand to New York, “Opening a barbershop in New York will be a dream come true. I fell in love with New York when I first watched Trading Places, and the first time I came to the city I knew that I wanted to be able to open a barbershop here.”
To demonstrate their excellence in barbering, they offered beard trims and wet shaves along with individualized grooming advice. They are scheduled to open in summer 2018, so if you’re in NYC, be sure to make an appointment to experience it first-hand. If you’re outside of New York City, you can still experience their superior grooming, haircare and shaving products at home, including one of the most beautiful shaving sets I’ve encountered.
Whether you’re a fan of the British Royal Family or just love high-quality, traditional barbershop grooming, these are two British brands worth paying attention to.