On June 15th, Master Barber Arthur Rubinoff of Reamir Barbershops in Manhattan will pay tribute to generations of old school barbers as he opens up New York’s first barbershop museum at 290 Columbus Avenue near 74th street.
The NY Barber Museum, is the first of its a kind to be dedicated to the art of barbering. Rubinoff and his team of expert barbers will provide Reamir signature grooming services, haircuts and shaves in an atmosphere reminiscent of early 1900’s. The barbershop museum has been a lifelong dream for Arthur ever since he set up his first shop in 1999 on the UWS. A fourth-generation master barber, Arthur’s great grandfather was one of the first barbers in Uzbekistan and passed down the skills to his son, grandson and great grandson. Arthur has preserved some of his great grandfather’s tools which will be on display at the museum.
Arthur has spent decades collecting and curating rare artifacts and barber shop equipment such as antique barber chairs from Koch, Koken and Paidar, antique barber poles, signs and blades and razors that are no longer used in modern day barber shops including rare collectibles from Wilkinson Sword and Gillette.
One of the most interesting pieces that will be on display is a Koch barber chair dating from 1929. The chair is recognizable from a famous James Dean photo shoot by Dennis Stock for TIME magazine in 1955. On the photograph, Stock commented, ‘For a novice actor in the 1950s, New York was the place to go. We used to roam the streets of New York together, and I liked to photograph Jimmy observing others. He was not at all fastidious about his looks; in fact, he would turn up more often than not in shaggy-dog style at meetings both formal and informal. What prompted him to walk into this barber shop near Times Square one day when we were walking, I cannot say.”
The museum will open on Friday June 15th at 11am at 290 Columbus Avenue.