Truefitt & Hill

Historical photo of the Truefitt shop in downtown London

The Truefitt & Hill Story

Everyday, around the world the Truefitt & Hill story is told. As thousands of men ready themselves for their next adventure, Truefitt & Hill history echoes in their routines. The Truefitt & Hill story is one of tradition and style and impeccable taste. And it began over 200 years ago.

William Francis Truefitt opened his first gentlemen’s barbershop in 1805. As was the fashion of the day, a significant part of his business came from wig making and grooming. In fact, the success and notoriety he found in his early years was primarily due to these superior skills.

It didn’t take long for Truefitt’s reputation to grow and soon he had a thriving business in the heart of London’s fashionable West End. Perhaps the greatest nod to his ability in these early years was being made Court Hair Cutter, Court Hair Dresser and Wigmaker by Royal Appointment to His Majesty, King George III.

Truefitt & Hill Logo

The Truefitt & Hill name has served as a distinguished mark of excellence for over 200 years

Over the next century the Truefitt name became synonymous with high society. And while there were moves to different locations and changes in fashion, year after year, gentleman after gentleman, the Truefitt name continued a harmonious relationship with the elite. Consider this, when artifacts of the RMS Titanic were recovered, among them was an H.P. Truefitt ceramic pomade pot. There’s no doubt that the connection between Truefitt and its aristocratic patrons was a devoted one.

In 1935, having previously taken ownership, H.P. Truefitt (the nephew of William Francis) moved the barbershop into a space occupied by Edwin Hill & Co. The move merged both barbershops and resulted in a newly formed and now historic name: Truefitt & Hill.

From such humble beginnings, the world’s oldest barbershop has left lasting impressions on some of the world’s most illustrious clients. Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and William Thackeray all recognized Truefitt & Hill as a residence of luxury and style, while Sir Winston Churchill, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Charles Dickens, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock frequented the barbershop during their lives. Truefitt & Hill has also been popular with hundreds of other icons in society, politics and the arts. In addition, it has had the distinction of serving as barbers and Royal Warrant holders to H.R.H., The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of The Royal Family for the past nine reigns.

Today the Truefitt & Hill flagship store can be found at 71 St. James Street. It remains true to its roots as it is nestled in one of the most elite neighborhoods in all of London. Other locations have also opened in North America. Truefitt & Hill can be found on Chicago’s posh Magnificent Mile, in Toronto’s well-known Scotia Plaza and alongside some of the best shopping in Las Vegas in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Master Shavers Features Truefitt & Hill Products

Master Shavers features the Truefitt & Hill product line both for our in-house services and as gifts or purchases to enjoy the same Master Shavers experience at home

With over two centuries of tradition at its side, Truefitt & Hill continues to provide superior grooming experiences. With each stroke of the blade, with each pat of the brush, with each dab of cologne, the modern day gentleman prepares himself for the kind of greatness that only a Truefitt & Hill man can expect.

For an exceptional experience of Truefitt & Hill products services, visit The Master Shavers of Studio 997 and enjoy a hot lather shave, haircut, and shoe shine for that special engagement, business meeting, or simply just to relax and unwind. To find out more about the Truefitt & Hill product line, please explore our website or contact us and we would be happy to send you more information.