Barber and Supply – New York City
The popularity of Brooklyn and especially Williamsburg has been going on for a while now. Where first all the cool places were at Bedford Avenue, you see the environment change very rapidly. More and more restaurants, vintage shops and also more commercial shops are now opening in side roads of Bedford Avenue. The boys in Williamsburg have the typical hipster looks. Messy hair, beanies, print shirts, leather jackets, flannel shirts, and skinny jeans. Although I have to say that in a year a lot already have changed and you see more of a variety now in the streets. However one thing the boys still have in common: beards.
However this laid-back look with the beard of course needs to be groomed and trimmed as well. So what you see a lot in New York City and especially in Williamsburg are Barber shops. I (Hunter Niels) tried and tested one Barber shop: Barber and Supply. Since I hardly have any facial hair I went for a haircut. Barber and Supply immediately appealed to me. The entrance is a big open garage door. Inside the furniture is all made of the same color wood, including the couches which kind of melt in the environment. Barber and Supply is also very welcoming since the first part is more like a store where you could get all your grooming products. Once you walked in to watch the supply they offer you get a warm welcome of one of the barber’s and before you know it you’re sitting in a chair. Barber and Supply doesn’t take reservations so you just enter and mostly need to wait for approximately 15 minutes. Which is fine since they have a huge amount of up-to-date magazines and papers.
Fun part for me was to get my hair done in this barber shop because it was super straight. I asked my barber if the difference between a barber shop and hair salon is that you don’t wash the hair. However apparently you could get your hair washed at the barber shop, however it wouldn’t be as smooth and sensual as you get at a hair salon, but very rough and ‘straight’ in stead. While he explained this he was shaking my hair and head like a wild one. The biggest difference between a hair salon and a barber shop is that they have a different license. And of course the barbers are specialized in the beard, so have a different style of cutting hair. I could definitely recommend Barber and Supply. It’s super easy going and the guys are very dedicated to their work. My barber for example just did the show of Mark McNairy the day before in which my style icon Nick Wooster was also walking.
When you’re in New York and want the real Williamsburg experience you have to go to the barber shop.
Barber and Supply, 101 N 8TH STREET, Williamsburg, New York City