Obsession Confession: Charlie Price

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We here at DFW Style Daily delight in revealing the fashion obsessions of our favorite Dallas trendsetters. Today, hot hair stylist Charlie Price confesses a very vintage addiction.

 

We caught up with Price, founder of eponymous Uptown salon, Hair by Charlie, at the conclusion of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. There, he created coifs for some 21 runway shows, including Vivienne Tam and Sachin + Babi. Following the stylishly exhausting trip, Price filled us in on a fashionable fixation close to his home and heart.

 

 

 

The Obsession: 1920’s barber chairs by Earnest Koken.

 

The Confession: “The chairs are just outright amazing,” Price declares of the Jazz Age fixtures. “They are pure porcelain and are truly beautiful, not to mention awfully comfortable.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Rationalization: While a chic barber chair is a must for a stylist of Price’s caliber, these particular models raise the bar. He explains, “Turn of the century barbershops typically had rows upon rows of these chairs, and now they’re nearing extinction.” One can easily imagine celebs of the era, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charlie Chaplin, and Ernest Hemingway, relaxing in such a recliner for a weekly cut and shave (perhaps with highball in hand).

 

 

 

 

 

The Collection: Locating the genuine article is challenging, but Price has managed to acquire two of the 300-pound chairs. “About a year ago I bought one for my salon,” he recalls. “As soon as I installed it, a client of mine went crazy over it – just like I did – and I immediately found another to put into my loft!”

 

 

 

 

Shop It: Price snagged his Koken barber chairs through local antique dealers. Hunt for finds of your own at Design District shops such as White Elephant and Antiques Moderne.

 

 

 

(Photo credits, from top: 1. Charlie Price, 2. Francisscottkeyfitzgerald.tumblr.com 3. CustomBarberChairs.com)

 

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