10-09-2018, 08:05 AM
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  • bullgoose
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A lot of vendors have come and gone since 2009 when I started in the industry and it seems as if the number of businesses that have gone under has really accelerated in the last two years. There are a lot of factors involved. For instance, the rise in popularity of artisan products has really hurt the sales of legacy brands. At the same time, Amazon has helped to snuff out a lot of the smaller vendors. In any case, this post isn't meant to pinpoint why so many vendors have gone under but rather, it is meant to remember the small and mid sized vendors who have contributed to the rise of wet shaving but, who are no longer in business.

Off the top of my head:

1) Lee's Razors

2) Vintage Blades

3) Shave-A-Buck

4) Savon Du Bon Berger

5) Tradere

6) Chicago Shaving

7) Giovanni of Tryphon Industries


8) Old Towne Shaving


9) West Coast Shaving* -Yes they are still in business but, the Koontz family no longer owns it


10) Classic Shaving* -New Owners


11) Bob's Razor Works (Owner died)


12) Shane Silcox Razor Stands

13) The Gentleman's Shop

14) Enchante



Which shops and artisans did I forget? I am sure there are scores more.

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 10-09-2018, 08:25 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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Reef Point Soaps just announced they're closing down.
https://knightmare1015.blogspot.com/2018...soaps.html

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 10-09-2018, 08:48 AM
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SWK scuttles and mugs.
New Forest shaving brushes.

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 10-09-2018, 08:51 AM
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Unfortunately Gary Gywnn, the owner of Shoebox Shave Shop, passed away a a few months ago.  I believe that his family is winding down the business.  I used to love to "peruse" that site.

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 10-09-2018, 08:51 AM
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  • bullgoose
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The Shave Den shop also recently announced that they were closing.

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 10-09-2018, 08:59 AM
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Local Gent just closed up last week. LAASCo soap production was taken over by Chiseled Face as was Tiki.

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 10-09-2018, 09:04 AM
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Shave Revolution is another one that comes to mind.

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 10-09-2018, 09:18 AM
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Tim’s is one I miss.
Strop Shoppe

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 10-09-2018, 09:20 AM
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(10-09-2018, 08:51 AM)jpakstis Wrote: Unfortunately Gary Gywnn, the owner of Shoebox Shave Shop, passed away a a few months ago.  I believe that his family is winding down the business.  I used to love to "peruse" that site.

I had read that on another forum. It is sad news for sure. If memory serves me correctly, Gary had bought all of Giovanni's stock when he first started out.

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 10-09-2018, 09:21 AM
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(10-09-2018, 08:59 AM)Blackland Razors Wrote: Local Gent just closed up last week. LAASCo soap production was taken over by Chiseled Face as was Tiki.

Ah yes, I had forgotten about that. Does Los Angeles Shave Soap still operate as a vendor?

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 10-09-2018, 09:26 AM
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(10-09-2018, 09:21 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-09-2018, 08:59 AM)Blackland Razors Wrote: Local Gent just closed up last week. LAASCo soap production was taken over by Chiseled Face as was Tiki.

Ah yes, I had forgotten about that. Does Los Angeles Shave Soap still operate as a vendor?

I believe so, but I don’t think the original owner - whose name I’m forgetting - operates it. When I spoke to him months ago it sounded like he was stepping back completely.

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 10-09-2018, 09:32 AM
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(10-09-2018, 09:26 AM)Blackland Razors Wrote:
(10-09-2018, 09:21 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-09-2018, 08:59 AM)Blackland Razors Wrote: Local Gent just closed up last week. LAASCo soap production was taken over by Chiseled Face as was Tiki.

Ah yes, I had forgotten about that. Does Los Angeles Shave Soap still operate as a vendor?

I believe so, but I don’t think the original owner - whose name I’m forgetting - operates it. When I spoke to him months ago it sounded like he was stepping back completely.
Interesting.  I imagine the loss of the BBS1 may have been the nail in the coffin. It is a shame.

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 10-09-2018, 09:38 AM
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You hit most of my erstwhile favorites from back in the day -- stropmaker Neil Miller also comes to mind, I first thought of Jim @ Vintage, Lee's and Cooncat Bob before starting down your list.  I'm also trying to remember one general vendor with a feminine first name but drawing a zero .. and I believe Walkin' Horse Strops has passed from the scene

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 10-09-2018, 09:45 AM
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Shave a Buck disappeared some years ago.. the first vendor I bought from that wasn't there when I wanted to order more.

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 10-09-2018, 10:20 AM
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Also talking about artisans, Queen Charlotte Soaps was the first member of a shaving forum I saw become an artisan.  Obviously it has happened many times since, but Matthew was the first I saw do it.  He made some good soaps, even if he was (and presumably still is) a Yankees fan!

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 10-09-2018, 10:22 AM
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Great threads today, Phil!

Pretty much you have already covered most of them.

I will add two.

- Soloafeitado
- Smooth Operator soaps

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 10-09-2018, 10:27 AM
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Way back in early 2009 I bought a Merkur and a goodfella safety razor from a vendor John Crissman from his website shaving essentials dot net. Both John and Andrew of goodfella in New Zealand shut shop abruptly !

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 10-09-2018, 11:26 AM
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I may be wrong....but Lynn Abrams and Straight Razor Designs may also be winding down. They have been having sales but not restocking.

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 10-09-2018, 11:32 AM
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(10-09-2018, 09:18 AM)Lipripper60 Wrote: Tim’s is one I miss.
Strop Shoppe

Yes, I was thinking of these two.

Tim's soap remains the best non-tallow soap I've used. Every bit the equal to many tallow based formulas. I still have one full tub of Tim's unscented remaining.

Strop Shoppe made an excellent quality unscented tallow based soap. I bought five, used two, PIFfed one, and now have only two left in reserve.

This is why when I like a product I now buy multiples, b/c you never know...

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 10-09-2018, 11:39 AM
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Enchante owner , died back in 2015 , for what I remember 

Yes , @bullgoose , we have seen a lot of changes since 2008

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