Tucked down hem 12 off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, House of Barbaard has established itself as the place to go for a touch of upscale, male grooming, a spot of pampering and perhaps a classic whisky sour in their 1920s themed gentleman’s lounge.
Wanting to create a relaxed, unpretentious space for gentlemen to come for their grooming needs, owners Guido de Leeuw and Tom Goedhart have pulled on Gatsby-esque influences, blending Victorian and Art Deco designings to make the perfect retreat for after-work drinks, some evening jazz or a Sunday afternoon chill.
There’s something comfortingly reassuring about 1920s design, taking us back to a time of glamorous sophistication combined with the quintessential styling of modernism finding its feet in Europe and America. Walking through the door to their gentleman’s lounge is like stepping back in time, an oasis of decedent tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Saigon.
Plain polished parquet is perfect for the floors, overlaid with a flattering geometrically patterned rug. The colour scheme is rich and warm with bold colours creating a dramatic yet welcoming atmosphere that’s complemented by subdued lighting and a low ceiling. Candles burn softly in the corner on large, wrought iron holders. Pictures depicting scenes and stars of the 20s cover the walls.
Streamlined shapes of artfully reproduced vintage furniture sit around the first room of the lounge. Dark wooden feature pieces, Chesterfield sofas and single piece lounge chairs offer intimate seating for individuals or groups with large wooden chests and a small copper serving tray providing resting places for drinks.
Tom has a background in design and an eye for detail, constantly searching for further inspiration and unique accessories that he can add to the lounge. Items are collected from everywhere, ornate silver candlesticks, large, floor-standing lamps, quirky ashtrays and vintage cigar boxes are scattered around the room adding touches of opulence and authenticity.
The gentleman’s barbershop and lounge are the first stages of the pair’s creative vision to provide a one-stop shop for the well-dressed man about town, a place to find grooming accessories and clothing that compliment a carefully crafted style. They place emphasis on high quality service and product but in a fun, relaxed environment. Their staff are dressed impeccably but they operate a no-tie policy to reinforce the informal.
Tom and Guido will expand the House of Barbaard brand in the new year to include a range of men’s shirts and socks, influenced from 1920s design and as always keeping their eye on the details. As more young men tire of casual street design and look for something to elevate their style, House of Barbaard offers a place where a man can become a gentleman.