In a world where the boundaries between what is properly “for men” and what is “for women” are fading, there is a place that is still off-limits to the fairer sex: it’s the barber shop.
From the north to the far south of Italy there are some barber shops resisting like perfect bulwarks of an intact tradition through the passage of decades, where shaving is not routine but a real ritual.
Antica Barberia Colla di Franco Bompieri. Milano, via Morone 3
Antica Barberia Colla is set between via Montenapoleone and Piazza Scala, in a street reviving a vanished Milano. Opened in 1904, the historical shop hosted on his armchairs artists like Gabriele D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello, Giacomo Puccini, and in more recent times celebrities like Moschino, Ferré and Mondadori.
Barberia Giacalone. Genova, vicolo dei Caprettari 14
The tiny Barbary Giacalone is such a beautiful place protected by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).
Among the narrow streets of the historic center of Genoa there are 10 square meters of pure art decò, realized according to Italo Giacalone’s will in 1922. White and colored ceramic tiles creating precious drawings, mirrors up to the ceiling and brass lamps bring us back to the beginning of the XX century.
La Coroncina. Bologna, via Indipendenza 3.
La Coroncina is the oldest shop in Bologna. Since1694 men can find all kind of products for beard and hair in this place, originally born as a religious goods store run by Capuchin friars.
The shop decor is still the same since 1900 and the atmosphere reminds of a bazaar, where, in addition to products for hair and beard, it’s possible to find gifts, gambling and smoking goods.