Shop Opening: Fellow Barber in Soho, NY by Sam Buffa

Apr 22, 2014

Crosby Street is one of Sam Buffa’s favorite places in Manhattan. We’re inclined to believe the same as the five block corridor houses Mykita, Carson St Clothiers

and now Fellow Barber. So, when opening his latest incarnation of FSC Barber, the 33 Crosby Street space with it’s previously unused backyard just felt right.

And that’s what it’s all about in the space; the feeling which comes carefully crafted by Buffa himself, the designer of the shop. With most of the pieces being made in Brooklyn, there is a perfectly aged feel to the barbershop and men’s apothecary concept shop. A vibe that’s felt throughout all his previous locations – birthed from Buffa’s inability to find a barbershop that offered a salon experience but closer to a $15 per head price point. It’s a feeling that is tempered by a sense of modernity by way of clean finishes and sleek lines.

According to Buffa, it’s not all for the guy who’s coming in for a hair cut though. Fellow Barber comes replete with an apothecary, staffed by grooming guides, and hopefully by the holidays, a backyard complete with a deck, benches and plants. Buffa, who counts Hotel del Mano in Brooklyn and Tosca in San Francisco as his favorite bars, realized how rare it is to have access to an outdoor space in New York. Thus, it was important he capitalize on it by creating an outdoor oasis in the back of his Crosby Street shop.

“When I opened the first shop, the guy we served bought his grooming products from Duane Reade,” said Buffa. “Now he’s ready [for what we have].” That includes products from the likes of Juniper Ridge, Ursa Major and ODIN. Additionally, an in-house line of seven products will hopefully be joining the shelves before year’s end – a project two years in the making.

“With the four shops, we’ve been able to do all of our testing in house” said Buffa of the new product line. “It will be exciting to have something that lives outside of the shop.”

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