Mizutani - ''Not the same'' beauty

The Japanese believe a soul is to live in the tool that has been continuously used their attachments. They feel they should not forget the thought “to use a favorite tool regularly for long time”, living in the time of mass production and mass consumption. They are particular about hand making one by one as the result of research and development from the material foundations to design and production with considering the relation between “Hair”, “Hand” and “Scissors”.

MIZUTANI SCISSORS are continuously making products without forgetting the tradition, passion, pride and skill that have been taken over from craftsman to craftsman in many generations. Their scissors are not standardized articles made by machine. All are “Not the same” so there is warmth in each and it is fit & finished by hand one by one from the steel plate. 

HISTORY OF MIZUTANI 

Mizutani is proud of its long history and tradition of manufacturing scissors. The first-ever pair of Mizutani scissors was produced in Asakusa, Tokyo in 1921. These scissors were designed and created out of the founder’s passion and desire to have better scissors. His tireless quest for scissors that would cut properly and be easy to handle at the same time brought him enthusiastic support from his customers. They still maintain the tenacity, passion, and strong will to spare no time or effort in honing the traditional techniques that have been passed down to them in our quest to produce better scissors.

For more information about Mizutani Scissors please visit: mizutani-scissors.com

Belmont - A state of the art barber chair

At The Cloakroom Barber, we are strong believers in finding unique and storied craftsmen accessories and furnitures such as our vintage Belmont barber chairs that have been restored and reupholstered.

Founded in 1921, Takara Belmont has long been recognized as the innovative leader in design and technology. They live their philosophy through products and services that provide ease of use, comfort, convenience, and safety. Creating equipment and environments that enhance the performance of technicians, yet are comfortable for clients, represents the values espoused by Takara Belmont. A state of the art manufacturing process ensures their products exceed industry, and regulatory standards.

Café Martin 1929

Our building was first erected in 1895 in the Golden Square Mile, a neighbourhood developed between 1850 and 1930 at the foot of Mount Royal, in the west-central section of downtown Montreal.

In 1929, Café Martin, one of Canada’s Finest French restaurant, opened its doors. The neighbourhood was then made of architectural audacity, grandeur and elegance that was once never seen before in Canada. The owners and operators of the overwhelming majority of Canadian rail, shipping, mining, fur and banking industries consisted of a small group of about fifty men who called the Square Mile 'home'. From about 1870 to 1900, 70% of all wealth in Canada was held by this small group.

By 1983, only 30% of the mansions in the northern half of the Square Mile had survived demolition; and only 5% survived south of Sherbrooke Street.