Essential Homme | Fellow Barber Launches First In-House Grooming Line

If you’ve frequented a barbershop in the last decade or so, it’s likely that grooming entrepreneur Sam Buffa played a role in your haircut or beard trimming experience. A former professional motorcycle racer, Buffa founded his first barbershop in the back of Freeman’s Sporting Club with the hopes of recapturing the “canisters of blue Barbicide and casual conversations about life” vibe that the parlors of yesteryear once held. He succeeded and opened more locations: a San Francisco outpost in a former pet supply store, a pop-up in Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Eventually Buffa became the (clean shaven) face of the old-school barbershop resurgence. Last fall Buffa rebranded, splitting from a longtime partner at Freeman’s, to embrace a slightly more modern aesthetic. As a result, Fellow Barber strikes a healthy balance between the now and the nostalgic, popularizing the haircut that doesn’t look like a haircut. Now the stores—four in total—are debuting a line of seven in-house grooming tools, and to celebrate we had Buffa walk us through each product.

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