Thursday, 5 February 2015

Truefitt & Hill, Oldest Barbershop in the World, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur


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Truefitt & Hill, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Truefitt & Hill

Est. 1805 St. James’s London


Words by Caning Jaramillo
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

When I was a youngster, my father would take me monthly to the barbershop in my native country, Venezuela. The trip to the barbershop was always a source of excitement and sign of independence for me, because this was the only time I felt like a real adult when my dad allowed me to make decisions for myself: in this case the type of hairstyle I wanted. Last week, I encountered the same enthusiasm followed these fond childhood memories when I had the privilege to visit Truefitt & Hill, the Oldest Barbershop in the World, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, in the glamorous Majestic Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur.

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Truefitt &Hill's Skillfull Barber Ashkan
Truefitt & Hill barbershop first opened its doors in Mayfair; London in 1805 while King George III was on England’s throne. This was the era of fine craftsmanship, innovation and styling that set the scene for later British world dominance and achievement. Truefitt & Hill at this time serviced London’s gentlemen, a very exclusive clientele looking to keep their gently appearances in top-notch condition with an array of exceptional products and unique services. The London barbershop has had the honour of serving monarchs of Great Britain throughout nine consecutive reigns, and even in these modern times Truefitt’s barbers visit either the Buckingham Palace or the Windsor Castle to attend to His Royal Highness. Today, Malaysia is blessed with a number of outlets bringing the same legendary service to the country, and the scene at the heritage boutique hotel of The Majestic Kuala Lumpur, proves a flawless location for such a big name. 

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Truefitt & Hill Fragrances
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Truefitt & Hill Shaving Accessories
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New sterile shaving tools and comb for my Royal Cut and Shave session
During my visit to the barbershop I experienced the Royal Cut (RM95), which took roughly 40 minutes. First I eased into the legendary old-school barber chair, ready, just like in my childhood, to feel special and be spoiled. After discussing my desired outcomes, my skillful barber, Ashkan, cut my hair the way I requested with precision, using a sterile new comb and new scissors exclusively for me. I felt like a king indeed.

Truefitt & Hill The Ultimate Shave products accessories
Second, I took The Ultimate Shaving Experience (RM110), a 45 minutes treatment. First up was the pre-shave oil to soften my facial stubble. Next my barber used a soft badger hair brush applying a sandalwood shaving cream in order to create a lovely foam on my face. Suitably prepped, he continued with the shaving: a good close cut that removed every last prickle, even from the trickiest of spots. A fragranced warm moist towel felt heavenly on my face, and I luxuriated in its warmth for about 15 minutes. Calm and relaxed, the service concluded with the application of Truefitt & Hill aftershave balm and a face massage. My skin felt moisturized and replenished, and my usually sensitive skin had no irritation at all. I was smooth and shine free: what a treatment!

Truefitt & Hill Shoes Polishing chair and extra towels for customers 
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your gentleman this Valentine's Day, a gift voucher to this legendary barbershop would surely be a special treat. 

Reasons to visit: a legendary experience in the oldest barbershop chain in the world!

Truefitt and Hill
Lower Ground
The Smoke House
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+ 60 3 27858000
truefittandhill@bakhacheluxuries.com
http://truefittandhill.com.my
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm (closed on Monday)

7 comments:

  1. I love the vintage barber chairs!!! Another very lovely post.

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  2. Now that is something different.
    All looks good.

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  3. Such a cool experience! I think they've an outlet in SG too. The name sounds familiar.......

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  4. I realy like the flacons.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  5. i'm in desperate need of a good haircut, so this is a place i really should, ermm, head to, heheh :D

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  6. Cool - a great V-day gift idea. Thanks!

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