Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The End of an Era….. Gaetano & Luigi Retire, Milan

I was very sad to see one of my favorite barber shops in Milan closed recently.


I had planned on filming their technique of covering the client in 3 towels before a haircut, but we were too late.



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  1. andreea

    January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    sad :(

  2. Gabriele

    January 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Very very sad. They were really good at doing thei job, a little bit vintage but very professional and charming.

  3. Bronson Page

    January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Surely you could get a taped private cut to immortalize the technique.

  4. Emilia

    January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    That’s so sad…if it was a family business it’s very sad no one could keep up with it. And even if it wasn’t a family business, it’s sad to see that younger generations are not interested in keeping these traditions alive.

  5. Simon Brown

    January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I hope these two fine gentlemen enjoy their well earned retirement. I’d have loved to visit their establishment.

  6. Chris B.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I wish infiniti auguri to my fellow Italians for whatever they do in their next life.

    I was born and raised in America yet I’m Italian and take great pride in my ethnicity.

    I can imagine these distinguished gentlemen cut hair while wearing their suits and ties.

    Elegant. So very elegant.

  7. Mona

    January 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Ahh..that is too bad. I love that they wore white coats, and btw, my husband and i felt equally sad when his barber in a little hole shop in Pacific Beach closed…we called him Floyd but he was not Floyd. He was perfection embodied and reminded us of Floyd in Andy Griffith. Glad you got the last photo.

  8. Marta

    January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Too sad, that would be an interesting post!

  9. Wojtek

    January 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Very sad. I have been there once and had the privillige of being serviced by one of the gentleman. Class.

  10. Denisa

    January 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I really like that pic.

  11. comme fraiche

    January 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I bet they ran a very clean,organized shop. I’m sure you wouldn’t see a lot of hair on the floor (if any) and they both have the look of knowing their trade

  12. Marián

    January 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  13. bellaconscience

    January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    here is an example of people who take their work so seriously…

  14. Margherita

    January 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    They look incredible, from another era!

  15. Virginia L

    January 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Proprio peccato.
    I love the tittle of the pic.

  16. debbie

    January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That’s a shame. I bet they have many interesting stories to tell. Hope they have a healthy and happy retirement-I’m sure it is well-deserved.

  17. Eva

    January 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    These men look so friendly with love for their job’s! Beautiful!

  18. Nico

    January 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    This is happening in the whole Italy, the ancient shops are disappearing…we are losing the tradition!

  19. Kate

    January 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Awwww so sad :(


  20. Sevan

    January 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    It is indeed very sad to see these traditional, great shops closing. It’s a heritage that should be kept but in the “modern” world, people don’t have time for quality. It’s all “fast this and fast that.”
    A shame, really.

  21. Marina

    January 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm


  22. marilyn

    January 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    …they look so ready for loong breakfast in town
    with the wife!


    January 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    this is really sad news

  24. Hubertus

    January 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Does the Barberia Colla work as a substitute?

  25. Petra (Confashionista)

    January 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    You can always make a short movie about it, right? :) I find that sometimes certain memories are granted to us so that we can share them/reproduce them with others.
    I would go to that short film/documentary release!

    Beautiful photo. as always!

  26. Lydia

    January 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh no that is sad. ): I love it when people have a barber they always go to, I’ve yet to find mine! On a brighter note, I think the old man on the right is so cute!!

  27. Emily

    January 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I read about them in Sartorialist book some time ago, and now it’s sad to see how everything has changed.

  28. James Campbell Taylor

    January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    When I read that headline I thought “Retire” was their unusual Italian last name (pronounced reh-tee-ray).

  29. Paolo Valentino

    January 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Went there last tuesday. And what a sad disappointment to find the place shut down. Thanks for givingi the news. Great people, last testimonials to a desappearin g art. We will miss them. But the can enjoy life more now

  30. Vivek Kunwar

    January 19, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I love how you look for photostories in the most bizzare fashion.

  31. yaseen

    January 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Their posture is magnifique…

  32. Aaron O'Meara

    January 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Too sad… I’ve been visiting same traditional antique barber in Rome for the last 15 years. It is a lost art but fortunately lives on just a few minutes walk from Spanish Steps: Barberia Pepppino @ 62 Via della Vite

  33. Linda B

    January 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Don’t stress, Scott: it looks like you already got the shots you wanted in the 2007 entry. How amazing. Perhaps their use of multiple towels and cloths has a comforting factor missing in the modern-day hairdressing of too much ‘efficiencey and bling’. Maybe it was a lovely old-fashioned way of giving a guy a quality warm comforting feeling in their manly professional environment. I hope it gets a revival. Also, remember to seize your creative moment: once it’s gone, it’s gone. Ciao, L.

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