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.

What do a sign maker and a barber have in common?

Carved sign from Bill Walsh of Uxbridge Carvers

We were delighted to find a sign maker that held the same quality standards and dedication to craft that we feel we have at Chez Moustache.

Let us introduce you to Bill Walsh. Bill is the proprietor of Uxbridge Carvers, and the gentleman who made the Chez Moustache carved wooden sign that hangs at 91 Hope Street.

The sign came out exquisite. Bill is truly an artist who has mastered his craft.

Cheryl Dumont and Uxbridge Signs Proprietor Bill Walsh

Cheryl Dumont and Uxbridge Signs Proprietor Bill Walsh

Here’s why we love Uxbridge Signs, and feel we have lots in common:

  • We hope to exceed our customers’ expectations, just as Bill Walsh did with the delivery of our sign. It was thrilling to see it complete and well exceeded our expectations.
  • We aim to use only fine quality products that are safe, enjoyable and healthy for our customers. Bill does the same with his products. He has tested many throughout his career and used South American Mahogany on our sign because it holds paint better and is nearly impervious to decay.
  • Good barbers are also excellent with precision work. Whether it is a fade, taper or a flat top at Chez Moustache we practice precision haircutting.   Uxbridge Carvers has to be precise as well.  Bill consulted with us on our sign to make sure it was what we wanted. He used a combination of router tools and hand carving to bring our three dimensional image to life.
  • At Chez Moustache we admire the finer things and want to bring them to our clients.  We offer fine products and gifts such as porcelain shaving dishes, hand made shaving brushes, combs and unique colognes.  Uxbridge Carvers appreciates finer details as well.  The Chez Moustache sign is made with a beautiful black smalt (crushed black glass) background and gold leaf painted letters and moustache.  Bill uses 34K German Gold Leaf for its richness and durability
Uxbridge Carvers has been making carved signs for over 35 years.  They are located on the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, RI

Uxbridge Carvers has been making carved signs for over 35 years. They are located on the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, RI

Bill has been in the sign business for over 35 years, and his experience is evident in the quality of work he delivers.  We would highly recommend him if you are in need of a quality sign. Thanks to Uxbridge Carvers and Bill Walsh for bringing our Chez Moustache sign to life!