Is Your Haircut an Afterthought?

SIR HARDY AMIES (1909 - 2003) Born in London in 1909, Sir Hardy Amies became a fashion icon and designer.  In 1964 Amies published, "The ABC of Men's Fashion," which was a guide to style and dressing for the modern man.

SIR HARDY AMIES (1909 – 2003)
Born in London in 1909, Sir Hardy Amies became a fashion icon and designer.
In 1964 Amies published, “The ABC of Men’s Fashion,” which was a guide to style and dressing for the modern man.

Designer and fashion icon Hardy Amies once said, “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”  At Chez Moustache we believe that the well-coiffed man ought to make the same thoughtful impression.

You would think it common sense that making a good impression has to include one’s hair. After all it does sit there right on top of that (hopefully) well-dressed body.  Apparently this isn’t common sense to many men. We receive countless last-minute pleas from desperate clients and non-clients in need of primping for an important event. We are amazed at how many men consider their haircut as an afterthought.

Schedule your haircuts regularly

Planned grooming keeps you consistently sharp and never looking like you just had a haircut

Planned grooming keeps you consistently sharp and never looking like you just had a haircut

It all begins with establishing a relationship with a good barber.  Just like any other relationship in your life, you have to give it time and work at it.  That means being thoughtful and planning your time to build a rapport with your barber.  You never want to be the guy whose back, neckline and hair have all grown together. We recommend scheduling a standing appointment every 4-5 weeks if you have a longer hair style, and for very short hair a neck cleanup and shaping every 2-2 ½ weeks. Planned grooming keeps you consistently sharp and never looking like you just had a haircut.

Have realistic expectations

We’ve had the pleasure of easing many of our clients away from the “comb-over” and into a more modern and handsome look.

We’ve had the pleasure of easing many of our clients away from the “comb-over” and into a more modern and handsome look.

Find a barber that you can talk to about your hair goals. Pictures are good to bring in, but be realistic and make sure the model has similar hair to you. If not, you may set yourself up for a disappointment.

Male pattern baldness is a common challenge in both the psychology of letting go of a past look, and in finding a handsome new look working with what you have left on the top of your head.  You ought to feel comfortable talking this out with your barber, and he should respect your wishes.  We’ve had the pleasure of easing many of our clients away from the “comb-over” and into a more modern and handsome look.

Communication is as important to the barber consultation as location is to real estate…communicate, communicate, communicate

Talk to your barber about your hair and your head: Do you have any cowlicks, bumps or lumps? Every head is different.  Do you know exactly what you want?  Or do you want a recommendation? There’s a relationship between client and barber that grows over time, but the consultation paves the way for the client to leave satisfied right from the get-go.

Consider putting the same priority into finding a good barber and maintaining your grooming as you would in maintaing your car

Consider putting the same priority into finding a good barber and maintaining your grooming as you would in maintaing your car.

Most men can relate to the priority of maintaining their car.  They wouldn’t think of missing an oil change, and consider having a good mechanic to be a top priority. We hope you will consider putting the same priority into finding a good barber and maintaining your grooming as you would your car.  American writer Elbert Hubbard said, “A man is paid not for having a head…but for using it.” At Chez Moustache we ask — Why not make it a well coiffed-head? 

Planting the seeds of change… A Farmer’s Makeover Story

The ride out of the gray granite city of Providence, RI and into the emerald green farmland in West Kingstown, RI is transformative. That’s the drive Peter Kenyon took after a life-changing makeover at Chez Moustache.  The journey felt symbolic … Continue reading

CAN YOU GUESS OUR PUZZLE?

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We’re blushing here at Chez Moustache over the wonderful recognition we received from the R.I. Monthly Magazine. We are truly honored to be considered one of this prestigious magazine’s “Best of” — Thank you!

EXCERPT FROM RI MONTHLY: "...Marvel at how Dumont sharpens the edges of a beard and tames -- but doesn't eviscerate -- curls, striking the perfect balance between business and artsy."

EXCERPT FROM RI MONTHLY:
“…Marvel at how Dumont sharpens the edges of a beard and tames — but doesn’t eviscerate — curls, striking the perfect balance between business and artsy.”

Happy Independence Day

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Summer styling for the gentleman can be tricky to navigate.  So we’ve compiled a few tips that you may find handy to keep you looking dapper this season. The following styling tips are approved from Chez Moustache and brought to you by Esquire Magazine’s Big Black Book.

The Panama Hat

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Esquire: “The best hat will always be a ball cap, but a well-worn Panama hat (actually from Ecuador, named for its weave) is a bit more refined.  Opt for natural over white.”

Chez Moustache: We lean towards the Panama or a straw hat and would keep the ball cap to sporting events or backyard work.

Seersucker Pants

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Esquire: “Instead of wearing a full suit, just wear the pants. You can add a casual blue blazer, but dress it down with a T-shirt.”

Chez Moustache: We’re a big fan of seersucker!  If you are pairing it with a blue blazer… please, please, please make sure the T-shirt is not an undershirt. It should be clean, slightly fitted and very white.

Sandals

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Esquire: “No sandal is dressy (a pair of brogues or even espadrilles is better), but if you’re by a beach or pool and have no known fungus, carry on.”

Chez Moustache: Gentlemen here’s the bad news —  the ladies look at your feet.  If your toes are showing make sure they are clean and the nails are cut short. If you have toe fungus cover it up.

How To Wear Shorts

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Esquire:

“There is no single prescribed length for shorts, but there is a clear sweet spot: an inch above your kneecap.  Consider it a starting point, and add or subtract from there based on your comfort level with your body.”

“If you are of thick leg or small stature, shorts that hit higher on the thigh will stretch you out a bit (In order to avoid confusing bulges, the shorter your shorts, the fewer things you’ll want to carry in your pockets.)  If you are tall or have thin legs, the opposite is true – your shorts should fall closer to your knee.  The longer they are, the more fitted they should be. You should also consider a cuff, which will give the illusion of heft.  And unless you’re actively harvesting clams, it’s never okay to go past the knee.”

Chez Moustache: We always prefer pants to shorts, but if you are wearing shorts we would rather you wear the “sweet spot” length or longer.

Happy Summer!

Tailored Inspiration

The sign that hangs on the wall at  The House of the Moustache 91 Hope Street

The sign that hangs on the wall at
The House of the Moustache
91 Hope Street

“Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone.” This little sign hangs as a source for inspiration in the house of the moustache at 91 Hope Street.

The message is a positive reminder of the path that led to the creation of Chez Moustache.  Although relatively uncomplicated and petite, creating Chez Moustache still required the facing of fears and the overcoming of obstacles.

We learned that no matter how big or small the goal – seeking any path outside of the comfort zone can be both scary and exciting.  Finding inspiration while walking this path is vital and can even become the catalyst for achieving the goal.

When embarking on the journey of creating Chez Moustache we found inspiration all around. We are blessed to have so many entrepreneurial spirited friends and family who encouraged Chez Moustache.

A source of inspiration that also encouraged our journey came from a documentary series discovered on the Internet entitled “Failure Club.”  This program was brought to life by Morgan Spurlock,  the documentarian that created “Super Size Me” and “30 Days.”

The series examines the fear of failure and follows seven New Yorkers through their journey in pursuit of their dreams. Dreams and goals consisting of everything from a man who wanted to build his own motorcycle, to a woman with stage freight who dreamed of pursuing stand up comedy.   The seven figures were inspiration in and of themselves for being publicly brave enough to share their dreams, failures and embarrassments.

In particular we became captivated with Ignacio Quiles. Ignacio’s goal was to open a haberdashery and design a men’s clothing line.  This was an immediate attraction, not only because Ignacio was a “Dandy,” but also because his dream complimented that of Chez Moustache. Which is to create something befitting a true gentleman.  Following his journey in this video series became something to look forward to, and a catalyst of sorts for continuing that journey outside of the comfort zone.

Ignacio Quiles lives in New York and was featured in the documentary "Failure Club." His goal to open a haberdashery and start a men's clothing line was realized. He is the proprietor of Sartorial Pairings and QP & Monty. Ignacio was also featured in the RISDI Exhibit “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.”

Ignacio Quiles lives in New York and was featured in the documentary “Failure Club.” His goal to open a haberdashery and start a men’s clothing line was realized. He is the proprietor of Sartorial Pairings and QP & Monty. Ignacio was also featured in the RISDI Exhibit “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.”

As serendipity would have it we had the opportunity to meet Ignacio. We literally bumped into him at the RISDI Exhibit “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.”  We immediately hit it off.

They say when two minds come together a 3rd is created. Thus, we’ve married Ignacio’s haberdashery QP & Monty with Chez Moustache in a one time weekend event to take place in June.

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Chez Moustache is pleased to host a pop up shop with dandy haberdasher, stylist and designer Ignacio Quiles at 91 Hope Street in Providence, RI on June 14-15th.  We are still working out the details, but there will be lots of men’s clothing,  both vintage and original designs. There will also be Sartorial Pairings, ties, bow ties and other fine men’s items.

Come by for some great shopping, to tour Chez Moustache, meet Ignacio or simply to pick up a little inspiration!

Dandy Grooming Compliments “Dandy” Dudds

Chez Moustache is a lover of all things “Dandy.”  If you don’t know what we’re talking about, then you simply must attend the “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” exhibit at the RISD Museum.

Tweed suite side

We were thrilled to attend the exhibit and meet the most dashing men & women. We also set our eyes on Italian paint splattered shoes of Andy Warhol, incognito monogrammed dress shirt of Oscar Wilde and even some threads worn by Fred Astaire. There was quite a bit of history as well from the “inventor of the modern suite,” Beau Brummell.

Monogrammed dress shirts of Oscar Wilde were part of the RISD Museum Exhibit

Monogrammed dress shirts of Oscar Wilde were part of the RISD Museum Exhibit

Several items on display worn by  Andy Warhol

Several items on display worn by
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Overall, a fantastic display of beautifully fashioned cuffs, collar and lapels throughout history is captured in this exhibit.

Ouigi Theodore, founder of The Brooklyn Circus. www.thebkcircus.com

Ouigi Theodore, founder of The Brooklyn Circus. http://www.thebkcircus.com

If you can’t make the event, we’ve got a copy of the Artist Rebel Dandy Men of Fashion picture book for you to thumb through the next time you visit Chez Moustache.

Michael’s Makeover And A Hot Shave in Providence

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Chez Moustache client, Michael, is a hard working law student and writer. Michael said that his intense studies and schedule resulted in the longest hair he’s worn in a decade. Michael requested a new look for an upcoming holiday party, and wanted to treat himself with a hot shave.

Cheryl transformed his overgrown studious look into a dapper esquire appearance.  The tapered up back and parted top gives Michael a classy new look.