1950s toronto

New men's grooming line is a homage to 1950s Toronto

The Yonge subway line opened in 1954. Photos from this bygone era show men dressed to the nines with slicked back hair and neat looking suits; they were all decked out to take the Toronto subway for the very first time.

While we likely look back on this time period through rose-tinted glasses, barber Kameel Mitri harkens back to the 50s with his new line of Toronto-centric men's grooming products aptly called 19|FIFTIES.

"There was a time where being well-groomed was a prerequisite to being a dapper, successful gentleman," says Mitri via email. "And that's what I am trying to reestablish with this product line."

Mitri, who works out of The Gambit Barbershop in Woodbridge as well as at the Yorkdale Holt Renfrew Men's Lounge, first started concocting his products in his kitchen. He then teamed up with a chemist to release the water-based Union Original Pomade ($19.95) three months ago.

With a signature scent Mitri named Cherry Beach, this pomade is a homage to the city. And as Mitri continues to release new products, he plans to name all of them after 1950s Toronto events and landmarks.

To get that dapper, 1950s look, you can buy Union Original Pomade online or at a couple of barbershops in Vaughan.

What do you think of 1950s-style grooming? Let us know in the comments.


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