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A Modern Vintage: Fine and Dandy Barbers

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 09:00 AM PST

Bath's barbershop scene is booming with more than a dozen to choose from. Crystal Rose meets the man behind Fine and Dandy, who is fast gaining a reputation as the best pair of scissors in town. Photography by Nell Mallia

In the heart of Widcombe, behind a chic, white-painted shop front you'll find Bath's coolest barbershop. Clients lounge in wooden theatre seats, or make themselves a cup of coffee while they await beard trims and hair cuts from salon owner Robbie Emm. Emm opened Fine and Dandy in 2014 after spying the empty storefront during a visit to one of his favourite record stores, Raves from the Grave (now closed), a few doors away. He thought it would be the ideal spot for a barbershop, close to the station but in an area with a community feel (popular pub The White Hart is just across the street). He set about creating an exceptionally laid-back vibe; there are just three chairs, no appointments, and if you want an espresso you can knock it up yourself at the self-serve coffee station.

Bath-born Emm started his career at Gary Henri in Clifton, Bristol, moved to Chop in Wells for two years and then onto Hair Razor in Radstock. But his dream was always to set up his own space. With his own savings he transformed 4 Prior Park Road (once secondhand clothes shop, Roundabout). Taking a hands-on approach to the interior Emm designed the entire space himself, leaving one wall bare brick and adding oversized circular metal-framed mirrors. Being on a tight budget he sourced furniture from eBay, reclamation yards, and even raided friend's lofts, adding touches like scaffolding poles and crate shelving to nail an urban, undone feel.Being a self-confessed vinyl nut it seemed fitting to have a record player in the barbershop. Robbie has a collection of more than 100 records and an ear for classic sixties music. The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds all get regular spins on the decks along with northern soul, reggae, ska and funk.

Emm sees more requests for longer styles from local clients, with less of a focus on Peaky Blinders-style, military cuts, short hair and skin fades. On the flipside he thinks thick, heavy beards are a waning trend being replaced by a far shorter, forgotten-to-shave stubble beard. He has a great eye for off-the-radar grooming products and it's worth stocking up when you visit. From Dear Barber (who do an incredible beard oil containing argan, coconut and almond oils) to Uppercut an Aussie brand inspired by 1950s barbershops.And if you have to wait in line for the next appointment there's a stack of great reads on the coffee table with Proper Magazine vying for your attention alongside pictorial tomes like I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman a fascinating history of men's grooming and the art of dandyism. If you get peckish you can raid Emm's jars of chocolates on the counter. With more than 25 customers a day, there are plans to add in another chair and include wet shaves on the menu. Aside from future plans, Emm is focused on "keeping the standard good". We would expect no less from Fine and Dandy Barbershop.

In numbers

Shampoo 3 times a week and condition and manage your hair with whatever suits you.

Fine and Dandy is located at 4 Prior Park Road.

The recommended time between haircuts is every 4 weeks.

Fine and Dandy has a collection of more than 100 records.

Since opening its doors in 2014, the salon has notched-up over 80,000 appointments.

Fine and Dandy, 4 Prior Park Road, Widcombe, Bath BA2 4NG

Tel: 01225 461848. Visit: fineanddandybarbers.com

The post A Modern Vintage: Fine and Dandy Barbers appeared first on The Bath Magazine.

Happyology: Clothes to make you smile

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:35 AM PST

Independent kids' fashion brand Happyology have just opened a store in Bath. Emma Clegg meets the founder and picks out a few of the most stylish pieces. Photography by Emma Tunbridge

Jessie Gao of Happyology fell in love with Bath when she visited seven years ago. Like many before her, she connected with the city's larger-than-life history and its dramatic architecture and beguiling urban landscapes. It was three years after this visit that she established Happyology, her contemporary baby and children's fashion brand for ages 0–7 with stores in Brighton and Leamington Spa. So when she decided to open a third bricks-and-mortar space Bath immediately sprang to mind.Shop interior with Cole & Son’s wallpaper

Jessie explains her motivations in setting up the brand: "It was my little sister who inspired me. Ever since she was born, I loved dressing her up. I found you can either get well-designed but very expensive designer clothes or affordable, mass-produced but poor quality clothes. There was a clear opening for beautifully designed and responsibly made childrenswear without a big price tag.

"Decades ago, children's clothes used to be so much more interesting, with intricate details such as hand-embroidery and stitching, fabrics that were usually woven or knitted from natural yarns and decorated with sophisticated patterns and prints inspired by nature and its colours. I decided that I wanted to bring those traditional designs and handcraftsmanship back to life with a contemporary twist."

Jessie designs the collections herself at the company's Leamington Spa studio, creating concept mood boards, sourcing fabrics and finishing embellishments. There are more than 200 styles in the collection, with fabrics – ranging from Pima cotton and silk and luxury velvetto and cashmere – chosen to suit seasonal collections. Pima cotton, used for all the basic jersey collections, is a superior cotton with an extra long staple fibre that gives it strength, softness and colour retention.

The factory is based in Ningbo in the northeast Zhejiang Chinese province, a city with a proud tradition of textile production. Natural products and sustainable processes are a given: fabrics are dyed with plant dyes; spare fabric is used to make small items such as bibs, collars, and hair accessories; and even cotton packaging bags are used.

The new Spring/Summer 18 collection, which launches in March, brings even more colour to the Happyology range. Jessie created the mood board for the collection during a recent trip to Cuba where she was captivated by the colourful architecture and the bright, resonant landscapes.

The style is nostalgic and enchanting, the concept is wholesome and the models are adorable – it seems that Happyology is spreading the happiness all around.

Pictured: Aubergine Baby Dress £49, shoes from £19. Pitaya coat £69, Loquart trousers £39, Blue suede shoes £22.

Happyology, 6 Cheap Street, Bath BA1 1NE

Tel: 01225 331333. Visit: happyology.uk

Featured image: Basil shirt, £36 and Watercress skirt £32; Sugar jumper £69 and Eggplant trousers £29, both models are wearing suede shoes, from £19-24

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Bath’s Best Valentine’s Day menus

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:22 AM PST

From romantic Champagne receptions to cheese starters that you can lovingly share, The Bath Magazine picks out some of Bath’s best Valentine's Day menus from restaurants around the city

Restaurant Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne

Restaurant Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park is offering an exquisite evening for two with Michelin star cuisine in the former ballroom of the house. Immerse yourself in a romantic evening with a beautiful Valentine's Tasting menu created by executive chef Hywel Jones that is made from only the finest ingredients.

From Scottish scallops to kalamansi and white chocolate pudding, this menu is full of flavour. At £110 per person the seven dish tasting menu is perfect to tickle your taste buds and dine in elegance on the most romantic evening of the year.

Visit: lucknampark.co.uk

Hudson Steakhouse, London Street

Hudson Steakhouse is ideal for those meat lovers on Valentine's Day. Enjoy a delicious steak and a bottle of Malbec over candlelight. Not to mention the open kitchen situated in the upstairs grill room which looks out over Hedgemead Park.

This is all served in a sympathetic conversion of a once notorious Victorian pub. Owner Richard Fenton took on this run down building and has created a destination that has consistently won best restaurant awards locally and nationally.

Visit: hudsonsteakhouse.co.uk

The Olive Tree, The Queensberry Hotel, Russel Street

The Olive Tree Restaurant at The Queensberry Hotel is hosting a signature Valentine's tasting menu by Chris Cleghorn. Be greeted with a glass of Didier Chopin Rose Champagne on arrival and nibbles. Priced at £110, this tasting menu ranges from BBQ Langoustine to Petit Fours and it's sure not to disappoint.

An option to stay the night in a Deluxe or Superior bedroom at The Queensberry Hotel is also available in the overnight package.

Visit: olivetreebath.co.uk

The Circus Restaurant, Brock Street

Enjoy a romantic dinner at The Circus Restaurant priced at £35 per person. Start your evening off with a selection of breads from the Bertinet bakery, enjoy some Zakuski (little Russian "bites") and finish on a Yorkshire rhubarb creme brûlée.

Set in a fine Georgian house in a prime position – between The Circus and The Royal Crescent, you'll leave feeling that you will want to return very soon. The Circus Restaurant has been voted number four in the United Kingdom in 'The Times 20 Secret Restaurants That Foodies Love'.

Visit: thecircusrestaurant.co.uk

Roman Baths Kitchen, Abbey Churchyard

Nestled in Bath's iconic Abbey churchyard, dine with beautiful views Bath’s landmarks. This indulgent four course dinner is set at £32.50 per person and includes a champagne fizz sorbet and a baked camembert to share. If there's cheese… we're there!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day dining with unrivalled views of some of Bath's iconic landmarks including Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths and the Pump Room. We can’t think of a better combination for Valentine’s Day.

Visit: romanbathkitchen.co.uk

Green Park Brasserie, Green Park Station

How about enjoying V-Day with romantic smooth jazz from the James Lambeth Trio and award-winning food and drink from the four course menu at the Green Park Brasserie? Given a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and priced at £35 with an intermediary palette cleanser of elderflower and fresh mint sorbet, your Valentine's evening is set to be amazing.

Visit: greenparkbrasserie.com

The Dower House Restaurant, The Royal Crescent Hotel

Arrive at The Dower House Restaurant and be greeted with a glass of Taittinger Champagne. The six course Valentine's Decadent Dinner with tea, coffee and petit fours is priced at £99 per person and is stacked full of beautiful dishes.

Revel in the romance and make this celebration a totally indulgent Valentine's weekend with a stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. From £88 for two nights for two people in a Deluxe double room.

Visit: royalcrescent.co.uk

Raphael Restaurant, Upper Borough Walls

Priced at £55 per person, enjoy a Valentine's dinner at Raphael Restaurant. Receive a glass of fizz, marinated olives and a selection of breads upon arrival and let your romantic evening begin. From poached duck eggs to pear and blackberry almond tart you'll finish your dinner with some coffee and artisan biscuits.

Visit: raphaelrestaurant.co.uk

Featured image: A dish from The Dower House Restaurant, The Royal Crescent Hotel

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