Were Beau Brummell visiting New York today, he would certainly seek out Ludlow Blunt, Ladies and Gents Salon in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Beau Brummell was a notorious 18th-century arbiter of men’s fashion and famous for coining the term “Dandy” to define himself and other similarly disposed gentlemen, highly attuned to fashion and grooming. He would have found the “De Lux Hot & Cold Towel Wet shave” the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate the senses, and not much different from similar treatments common in the grooming establishments he would have frequented in 18th century London.
Ludlow Blunt is the brainchild of British expat Russell Manley. Russ, as everyone calls him, is a veteran of the grooming industry. He opened his first shop in the English seaside town of Brighton, before moving to London and taking over a turn of the century (that’s the 19th century) barber shop in SoHo and renaming it “Tommy Gun”. Tommy Gun quickly became the go-to grooming destination for London’s In-crowd.
I would characterize Russ as a bit of a classic dandy himself. A tall gent and keen dresser, the day of our meeting he wore a fabulous hat, custom made by an LA milliner, a bespoke linen jacket with just the right amount of bagginess, and linen pants. All looked quite understated and well broken in. The look was part explorer, part landed gentry.