Truefitt & Hill
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Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by Guinness Book of World Records in April 2000. Truefitt was established in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt. Truefitt styled himself as hairdresser to the British Royal Court and the firm received their first Royal Warrant from King George III. In 1911, Edwin Hill set up a barber shop on Old Bond Street, also near the royal neighbourhoods in London and it was to this address H.P. Truefitt (William's nephew) moved in 1935 to create 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, was taken up in 1994. In addition, there are locations in Toronto, Beijing, India, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Bangkok.
Their products include a various array of modern and traditional toiletry goods and accessories. They have a mixture of scents that include some that have been developed for the modern market - 1805, Trafalgar and No.10 and also the more traditional scents (some dating back almost 200 years) such as Spanish Leather, Sandalwood, West Indian Limes, Lavender and Rose. Some of the services they provided in the past such as wig making have now become obsolete in the mainstream but other traditional services such as the Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave have made a popular come back in the past 50 years with the service often being part of a Birthday surprise or wedding party group activity. Although providing various modern products and services Truefitts' still supplies a number of traditional products such as Hair Tonic (C.A.R. Lotion, Bay Rum and Oleaqua and the like), Hair Cream, Shaving Soap and Bath oil.
Famous clients include the British Royal Family, Members of visiting Royal Households, business leaders, Members of Parliament, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, John Wayne, Various Ambassadors and the diplomatic service and visiting dignitaries. Today, Truefitt & Hill holds a Royal Warrant by appointment to the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.