On a balmy Saturday evening at the start of February, the cats over at Fossano And Co Barbershop in Mona Vale (on Sydney’s Northern Beaches) threw together an impromptu shindig. The purpose? To welcome themselves to the area and give the 150 plus locals some old-world luxury to immerse in. Patrons were leisurely sipping margaritas and gorging on paella from Mexicano Restaurant, then tapping their feet to the crooning sounds of the Winston Surfshirt band.

With its custom floor-tiling, a front window painstakingly illustrated by a traditional signwriter (in gold leaf, mind you), the imported ‘50s chairs, walls curated with an eclectic mix of visual stimuli, and bar, coffee machine at the ready to serve you some fresh grinds, a beer or a tumbler of rum whilst you wait – owner and barber Justin Fossano has designed his man-cave as a destination which prides itself on masculine comfort and aesthetics.

Fossano And Co Barbershop are open Tuesday through to Saturday. But they don’t have a phone, so bookings aren’t actually possible. They prefer to encourage every guy to casually drop into the store unannounced. After all, it is the old school way of doing things.

1775 Pittwater rd, mona vale
(02) 9999 5613
Instagram: @fossanoandcobarbershop