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Gent’s Groomers: 5 Top Barbershops

Want to get smoother than Clooney between silk sheets? Dive into these dapper dude sanctuaries – they’ll have you slick and manscaped at the flick of a straight-razor.

Fellow Barber, New York

They reckon this is where the barbershop revival began, back in 2006. Whether that’s true or not, downtown sophisti-cats swear by a snip and shear at this throwback institution where vintage chairs and a handsome hipster clientele deliver on ambience. Find them in SoHo, West Village, Williamsburg and Chelsea Market for the usual grooming services, or a signature ‘hangover treatment’ facial that’s more effective than a slap of aftershave in the face. Pwoah!

5 Horatio Street, West Village, +121 2929 3917 (+ branches).

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The Mandarin Barber, Hong Kong

Shuffle your Gucci loafers into this old-school, clubby Shang-chic head-to-toe groomer and be prepared not to want to leave. The marvellously masculine fit-out – replete with dark teak screens, red leather armchairs and original 60s fittings – is the city’s most debonair den for trims and wet shaves, massages and waxing. There are in-mirror TV screens for keeping an eye on the stocks (or that all-important ball game), a dedicated pedicure room and VIP vault for ultimate privacy. Positively spiffing.

5 Connaught Road, Central, +852 2522 0111.

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Pickings and Parry, Melbourne

Posi’d on alternative Gertrude Street, this Edwardian-esque repository of stylish men’s workwear has an onsite barbershop offering cut-throat shaves and old-school coiffing. Have a scotch or craft ale while the blade-handlers expertly shape your ‘tash, though with only two chairs, you’ll want to book ahead.

126 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, +613 9417 3390.

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Rudy’s Barbershop, Los Angeles

It ain’t Vidal Sassoon, but Rudy’s pulls in the Cali dandies that seek more swagger than swank. They’ve got shops all over La-La-land, including the flagship on Sunset, plus a perma-packed petit downtown outpost tucked into the Standard’s lobby. No appointments necessary and seriously no-frills, but it’s the tops for colour, cuts and blow-outs. Go before 4pm to avoid the post-work rush.

4451 West Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake, +323 661 6535 (+ branches).

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Akin Barber Shop, Dubai

In a city known for its bling, Akin’s pared-back, white-tiled Scandi-sleek digs are a refreshing dose of minimalism, and the Dubai heat won’t touch you after you’ve done a round with their cooler-than-thou master snippers. Sip a cold brew or espresso as they tend to your barnet, beard or shave, then check out the on-trend concept shop for a curated stash of luscious lock-smoothing prods and dude garb. Peepers peeled for their seasonal pop-up at OTB Market in Burj Park.

Burj Al Salam Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 52 364 7092. (bookings via website)

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– posted 26th August 2016

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