Ten-Second Takeaway

Say hello to India’s first ‘men’s only’ salon in the luxury segment. You’re going to love it.

Boys’ Club

Truefitt & Hill have a right to claim that they groom men for greatness – this barber’s shop has been catering to the discerning gentlemen since it first opened its doors in London in 1805. Apart from being favoured by eight generations of the UK monarchy, former clients read like a Who’s Who guide, and include Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill.

While Mumbai clientele have been flocking to this luxury barber’s shop since it was first brought to India in 2014 by Lloyds Luxuries Ltd, this month sees the launch of the first Bangalore outlet in Indiranagar, with one more soon to follow on Lavelle Road; Whitefield is also in the pipeline.

Like A King

The signature service is a 45-minute straight-razor shave, which begins by wrapping the skin in hot towels, and involves exfoliation, and the application of pre-shave oil, finishing with a relaxing facial massage. Other services include pedicure, manicure, haircut, head/face/hand or foot massages and facials.

Istayak Ansari, Director of Lloyds Luxuries Ltd, assures us that it’s not about the services, though – but the overall experience. And we can see why. The entire set-up is geared towards understated luxury, with quaint touches like traditional shaving mugs, Victorian lanterns and the barber’s pole outside lending old school charm. If you want to take it a step further, book your services in one of the two Royal Suites. These VIP rooms ensure absolute privacy, and are apparently a hit with business tycoons, celebs and politicians.  

Make It Snappy

Walk-in appointments are something of a rarity – so be sure to call ahead to book your slot. And if you want to take a little bit of the experience away with you, then there are 137 products in the Truefitt & Hill range – all of which are made in England. You can select colognes, shaving creams, balms, bath gels, razors, brushes and travel pouches. Our shout out is for the No.10 range, which is aimed at a slightly younger clientele, and has a fresh, peppy smell.

Where: Ground Floor, 598/1, 12th Main, Indiranagar 

Price: INR 1,100 upwards {services}, INR 800 upwards {products}, and INR 5,000 upwards {royal packages}

Contact: +91 9880085432

Timings: Monday to Saturday 8am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm

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