Meet Rivington Street’s Newest Barbershop.


If ever you got a shave or a haircut at the original barbershop at Freemans Sporting Club you will understand that more space was needed since about week two. This morning I was one of the first to get my hair cut at the newly expanded shop next door at 10 Rivington Street. While the new set-up is much more spacious than the previous location, it still gets crowded with customers basically the minute it opens. I actually went by to see this new barbershop yesterday afternoon and as soon as I got there the door was still being painted and customers were climbing in through the window to get haircuts. That’s loyalty.

Designed by Taavo Somer, the space pays homage to his Scandinavian roots with light pine wood covering the entire ceiling. The pine –which was sourced from an old barn in Upstate New York– was also used to make the custom barber stations. The new shop is very much a work in progress, with some of the finishing touches still to come. Miles Elliot, one of the partners in the operation, told me that so many people came by during the two days they were transitioning to the new space so many regulars came by to try to get appointments, they figured they might as well just open as it.


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The old barbershop space will be an expanded part of the clothing store with a bespoke fitting room that will open not too far down the road. It occurred to me while standing in front of the new barbershop at 10 Rivington that eventually the Freeman’s Sporting Club empire will stretch as far as the eye can see. All the way from the end of Rivington to the other. Just look for the line of the FSC faithful…


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Barbershop | 10 Rivington Street, NYC | 212-673-3209

Comments on “Meet Rivington Street’s Newest Barbershop.

    Matthew Pike on July 21, 2013 4:16 AM:

    I’ve never really came across a barbers like this over hear, the bridge between regular old school barbers and fancier unisex places. The middle ground of sophisticated barbers can be found in the bigger cities but they’re usually overpriced. I guess Murdocks London would be your closest bet. I’m missing out, I don’t have much hair to cut. Great images.

    Josh Schum on July 21, 2013 10:29 PM:

    Wow, that carpenter does such great work. It looks exactly like the Brooklyn shop! Funny that one chair doesn’t match, but I will be there to feed my Malin + Goetz addiction.

    Jack on July 21, 2013 11:49 PM:

    Am wondering does their New York location have staff who are trained as barbers or as hair stylists?

    paul on July 22, 2013 11:11 AM:

    So are they not moving to Crosby Street on August 1?

    Michael Williams on July 22, 2013 11:17 AM:

    I think Crosby Street is still a go for a new location.

    jk on July 22, 2013 11:33 AM:

    To my knowledge this isn’t affiliated with FSC Barber’s; these guys left FSC and started their own place pre-move. Correct me if I’m wrong though…

    Dan on July 22, 2013 11:54 AM:

    Love the new space! I didn’t mind the cozier digs next door, but this new space is a perfect addition to the FSC block. I don’t think it’s exactly like the Brooklyn shop, the chairs are custom built, not vintage.

    doane on July 22, 2013 1:38 PM:

    The combs floating around in that blue barbicide water really freaked me out as a kid.

    James on July 23, 2013 11:47 AM:

    Was by there on Sunday. Space is awesome, all the stations are custom-made using old wood from upstate. I think this shop owned by the head barbers from the old shop and FSCbarber moving to Crosby and being called Fellow Barber?

    D on July 24, 2013 5:10 PM:

    @JK you are correct, the new spot is not affiliated with FSC Barber but has pretty much everyone from the old staff at FSC Barber Rivington. @Paul yes there is still a shop opening on Crosby but that one will be a branch of FSC barber. @James you are correct sir

    Next Luxury on July 24, 2013 9:25 PM:

    Those wooden ceilings look incredible Micheal, wish my local barbershop was that nice. Just from the photos, looks like it has that down to earth classic gentlemen’s lounge feel. Laughed at having to hop through the door, could only imagine that. :) Hope the haircut came out nice!

    Elric on July 27, 2013 2:24 AM:

    Hope it will have playboys to read like an old style barber shop should!

    DJ on August 2, 2013 5:34 PM:

    FYI guys… this barbershop is not part of Freeman’s. The new Freeman’s Sporting Club barbershop is now open on Crosby Street. This shop is staffed by most of the crew from Freeman’s but its a whole new thing.

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