For over two centuries Truefitt and Hill has offered discerning gentlemen the finest in grooming products and services, and is now exclusively available at Victorian Bathrooms, the worlds specialist suppliers of luxury bathroom products in the classic Victorian style. Established in 1805, and holding the title of being the oldest barbershop in the world along with being the Royal Warrant holder to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Truefitt and Hill products reflect 200 years of research and intimate customer relationships and now offers the South African gentlemen products that are both sophisticated and practical.
Truefitt and Hill brings a sense of royalty to all gentlemen. Over the years, Truefitt and Hills clientele included the male line of the Royal Family, members of visiting Royal households, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill-to name but a few.
The product ranges consist of the 1805, Trafalgar, West Indian Limes and Grafton ranges. Ingredients in these ranges vary from Lavender, Sandalwood, Bergamote and Cardamon. Products include a full line of shaving, fragrance, hair and bath products to provide daily grooming solutions for the modern gentlemen.
Gentlemen deserve the best in everything they do. If you are looking for the finest in men’s grooming, visit Victorian Bathrooms and try it for yourself.
So, where did it all begin?
Well in 1805, William Francis Truefitt opened his first Gentlemen’s Barber Shop at 2 Cross-Lane, Long Acre London. In 1811 he moved the business to 40 Old Bond Street and established himself as “Court Hair Cutter” and “Court Head Dresser” where, along with his sole employee, his brother Peter, he was soon to become Wigmaker, by Royal Appointment to His Majesty, King George III.
Throughout the early part of the 19th century, when regular visits to the barber were essential to facilitate the wearing of wigs by Gentlemen, Old Bond Street became increasingly more fashionable and the Truefitt’s barber shop flourished.
In 1911 Edwin Hill & Co. set up a barber shop at 23 Old Bond Street, and it was to this address H.P. Truefit (Francis Truefitt’s nephew) moved in 1935 to form, the still existing, Truefitt & Hill. Other Truefitt regional outlets were merged into the present company in 1941. The present location of Truefitt & Hill at 71 St. James’s Street, London, was taken up on Valentine’s Day 1994.
Truefitts occupies the position of one of the leading men’s barber shops in the World. Glancing at the appointments book, it reads like pages from Debrett’s and Who’s Who. Clients include Members of the male line of the Royal Family, Members of visiting Royal Households, Captains of Industry, Members of both Houses of Parliament, the City, the Theatre, Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Service, visiting Dignitaries, the Professions, the Arts, and all other strata of British Society. A haircut, a shave with hot towels, and a manicure at Truefitt & Hill leaves a gentlemen ready to face the world knowing that he has been well and truly groomed for the occasion, whatever it may be, by one of England’s Hairdressing Aristocracy.
And although Truefitt and Hill started in London, it has stretched all over the world, and in most places where you will find well-do-do English bankers, lawyers, investors, and the such, you will probably find a Truefitt & Hill barber, like the one I found in Singapore on Hill Street, just off Club Street. The barber store there offered the full works – a great, traditional luxury barber setting, complete with traditional barber chairs, and whisky or sherry on offer. The barbers there are some of the best in Singapore, and probably some of the best in the world owing to the clientele that they server – and trust me, high powered men in Singapore demand the best. But in South Africa, sadly they do not have a Truefitt & Hill barber store just yet, but no fear as Victorian Bathrooms stocks a wide range of their products.
To give you an idea, I have been using the Truefitt and Hill Frequent Use Shampoo and the Replenishing Conditioner, as well as the Daily Facial Cleanser and the Advanced Facial Moisturiser.
On the Shampoo and Conditioner side – simply one of the best I have ever used, and they have both soared into the small group of products that I simply refuse to do without. The shampoo is simply perfect for everyday cleansing. Its moisturising ingredients add body and shine while helping prevent styling damage, while the wheat protein holds to hair follicle which makes the shampoo gentle enough for every day use. The light rosemary and mint scent is perfect for normal or oily hair, and if you are luck enough you may feel the skull tingle from the mint – which I love, and which I have only felt in one other hair care range – the Redken For Men Mint Clean Shampoo and Cool Finish Conditioner.
The conditioner is as a conditioner should be; rich, creamy, and soothing, and particularly beneficial for thin hair, or for hair weakened by daily styling. Where the shampoo cleans and shines, the conditioner coats and replenished the hair. The ingredients of milk and wheat protein strengthen hair and adds body – but the proteins do not only make the hair appear thicker, but also add loft to the hair follicle, helping hair to appear fuller.
The daily facial cleanser, a cream-based formula, is moisturising and deeply cleansing. It has a subtle lavender lime fragrance and also contains Jojoba beads which gently and naturally exfoliate, preparing the skin for shaving in the morning and cleansing at night, while the Grape, Lavender, and Sunflower essential oils help to moisturise and condition the skin. The advanced facial moisturiser is a medium-to-light smooth and creamy moisturiser with a subtle lavender and lime fragrance. It also has 3 active moisturising agents; Q-10 – a powerful anti-oxidant that occurs naturally in your body, and helps to prevent damage to collagen and the elastic production process helping to reduce and prevent wrinkles. Carnosine inhibits wrinkle formation, and Helioguard 365 works to prevent cell damage from the sun and to moisturise the skin.
The original range from Truefitt & Hill was established back in, you guessed it, 1805. We have been told that the 1805 cologne is the same today as when it was first established, and we can see why it has lasted for over 200 years! Fresh and oceanic, 1805 has top notes of bergamot, mandarin and cardamom combined with a lavender, geranium and clary sage heart resting on a sandalwood, cedarwood and musk base. Its a fragrance that is definitively English – and what I mean by this is that it is fresh and clean, with a sort of soapy lingering scent; something you would expect a English nobleman to smell like after a hot bath following a horse-ride in the country. Insert scenes of Downton Abbey here. For guys who want a clean, crisp and fresh scented range of grooming products that work extremely well, then try the 1805 – and trust me, women everywhere will thank you for it.
And if you are interested, which you should be by now, then make your way to a Victorian Bathrooms store in either Hyde Park (in Johannesburg) or at the Cape Quarter 2 precinct (in Cape Town). They are, for now, the only suppliers of Truefitt & Hill in South Africa, which is fine by me, as it keeps me from spending a damn fortune flying to London or Singapore to get my stock – although I do hope they bring in the Freshman range rather soon.
And a quick “Did you know”…
Truefitt and Hill began in fashionable Mayfair in 1805, the year of Nelson’s victorious Battle at Cape Trafalgar, while King George III sat on England’s throne and William Pitt the younger served as its Prime Minister. This was the era of fine craftsmanship, innovation and styling which set the scene for a history that is colourful, inventive and pioneering.