Tuesday, September 09, 2014

THE SHAVE SHOP



While I just use a nice multi blade razor with shaving foam bought at a supermarket, there seems to be a whole revival of wet shaving culture happening these days. 
I think it's a good idea, if one has the time to go through the whole procedure from whipping up the cream to carefully shaving with one of those blades that are better known for their  clean kill use in Mobster movies than for romantic morning hours in the bath room.

Just imagine a store created by men for men, where women patiently wait around until their partners have decided which items to try and buy. Men asking their wives for advise which shaving cream smells better and what color leather bag to buy for storing all of the tools when you travel.
Yep, so witnessed in Paris last month, right by the hotel I stayed at in a store called Planete Rasoir. 
Established 1966, long before hipster was a word, it was one of the exciting discoveries in that city. I'd say the store was at least 250m2 full of all things shaving, from creams and lotions to blades of all kinds and shaving brushes made from badger hair. 
If you'd pick top of the line items, we are talking iPhone pricing here, so yes, I found it amazing and one could almost call it a "revenge store" after visiting all those fashion shops downtown  and Gallerie Lafayette for hours at end.

While the store does not offer shaves ( a completely different license in Europe), the vendors were full of advise and explanations. But they do offer sharpening services for those blades.
I ended up buying nothing, but for sure was tempted to change my shaving habits. Next time. 
When I am there with Daniela.



ALWAYS WORTH A VISIT



CREAMS AND LOTIONS



LOTS OF IT

ORGANIC DONKEY STUFF

AS DIFFICULT TO SELECT ONE OF THESE AS A HERMES SCARF

MADE OF BADGER BACK HAIR

EXCELLENT ADVISE

VINTAGE STYLE

STRAIGHT RAZORS

SHARPENING SERVICE



PATIENT MOTHER & DAUGHTER

2 comments:

Sheila said...

I have long-ago childhood memories
of watching my father using one of
those badger brushes dipped in a
little pot of soap. There was always a lot of swishing in the
water and reloading the brush with soap until he got up a big
lather. Quite fascinating for a
little girl.

H.Peter said...

That's pretty cool to remember.
While it's not a big movement, wet shaving seems to come back, at least on weekends maybe?