This is the story of a Cornish Barber* who travelled to London and opened up shop next to London’s finest tailors. Who received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard.
At a time when one’s toilette was of primordial concern and to be a gentleman was an affair of great application.
Victoria was Queen, antiseptic was making its first appearance — and ankles were considered titillating stuff. This took place in the decade after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the opening of the Suez Canal and the founding of the London Fire Brigade. As well as the publishing of Dicken’s Great Expectations and Alice in Wonderland, War and Peace and Das Kapital.
It is 1870. Heritage, Empire and Portraiture establish the order of the day. (Most of the time.)
All of the above is true.
*His name was William Penhaligon.
Penhaligon’s today consults his recipe books (oh they do), and still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design. Wildly creative and ambitious, William was inspired by the Scent of neighbouring Turkish Baths on Jermyn Street, creating his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, in 1874. Penhaligon’s 149 year heritage is at the heart of everything they do, creating innovative fragrances that tell a story, taking inspiration from the unexpected as well as their precious archives. True to William’s founding principles, Penhaligon’s continue to create products of the highest quality imbued with the elegance of its heritage. Penhaligon’s continue to deliver their story with integrity, personality and sophistication.
Penhaligon’s is honoured to hold two long-standing Royal Warrants; from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (granted 1956) and from HRH The Prince of Wales (granted 1988). Royal Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating excellence and quality, and are highly prized.