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Maison Privée

While Old Montreal is without a doubt one of the city's premier dining destinations, an architectural and historic enclave dating back ...

While Old Montreal is without a doubt one of the city's premier dining destinations, an architectural and historic enclave dating back to before Montreal's founding, and a hood hip professionals seek out to live in, accessibility to practical services hasn't figured as one of the area's strong points.

 

Well, we can now cross trendy barbershop off the list as the old town lays claim to a sleek new 'den for men' with Maison Privée. Only that this den is no subterranean man-cave, rather the street-level space on de l'Hôpital St. is large and airy with white walls, high ceilings, and original mouldings.

 

Hair cutting stations grounded by authentic barber chairs, a swanky waiting area, and corner pop-up shop that welcomes various clothing lines take up the bulk of the floor. What defines the place even further is the vibe when you walk in: it's laid back hip hop throughout, conveyed mostly from the music, to the young team of twenty-something barbers that make up the 'boys behind the blade'.


Speaking of the talent, MP is the brainchild of Oliver Kult (Notorious Barbershop and Frank & Oak) and Leandro Vergara (Notorious), both coming to the fray with lots of experience and an entrepreneurial drive that should go a long way to growing a highly successful venture. Brothers Chris and Alex Karambatsos are also behind this project and contributed to its early funding, while Leo and Olivier are accompanied by scissor, razor and blade pros Edwin Gonzalez, Greg Chicas and Chris Marzzo. A team of rising stars in the field of barbering, as evidenced by their tens of thousands of followers on Instagram - a fantastic resource for checking out whose work you dig before booking. Finally, you're in good hands with Tori, the feminine touch of 'la maison' who does double duty welcoming clients, and providing fastidious hair washing and soothing scalp massages.


Prices for this kind of attention are reasonable, from $20 for a simple beard or hair line-up to $55 for a haircut & full beard hot towel shave, and its 24-hours online booking system rounds out a convenient and quality experience.

Guillaume is all smiles after going "Privée"
Dax admires Olivier's expertly-executed study in short and long

To connect with the MP team on Instagram:
Leo Vergara @barber.streisand
Oliver Kult @oliverkult
Edwin Gonzalez @bossy_cut
Greg Chicas @gregchicashair
Chris Marzzo @chrismarzzo

Address: 232 rue de l'Hôpital, suite 101
Phone: 514-285-1562
Instagram: @lamaisonprivée

Hours: 
Tue.+ Wed. 11 to 7
Thurs. + Fri. 11 to 9
Sat.,11 to 5

D.G.

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