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Belmont Barber Chairs History And Restorations

August 25, 2018

Fade Room barbershop restores 1960's Belmont barber chair. Toronto, Ontario

1960's Belmont barber chair
Belmont barber chairs have been in existence since the early 20th century. They are a the most popular barber brand of chairs today.  Known for being elegant and cost effective at the same time. Their manufacturer is the Takara Belmont Company, and they have been leading the barber chair market since the early 1960's. Today Belmont has three different product lines. (Elegance) is the one geared toward barbershops with a traditional themes, (Crea II) one marketed for modern salons and (Regalo II) line is a modern barber chair marketed as their "high end line"
However coming from Fade Room, we appreciate the Belmont barber chairs from the 1960's over today's modern chairs as we feel like the quality and design of the chairs are considered antiques, were built better and built to last. It become's more of a vintage piece of art .
Belmont's barber chair's started in Japan. Hidenobu Yoshikawa was the man behind this product. In 1931, Takara Chuzo Ltd. began its production of barber chairs.Twenty years later, Belmont reached a milestone by releasing a hydraulic version of its chair to compete with Koken and Emil J. Paidar's chairs.
The hydraulic version of the chair was an innovation that prompted the company to reach out to other markets around the world. By 1956, it established into the United States. Following to establishing themselves into London and Europe by the early 1960's. After that Belmont's company started expanding into other products too, such as cosmetics and dental chair's and dental equipment.

By the late 1950's Belmont became the leading chair manufacturer in North America. The other two major companies were Koken and Emil J. Paidar. The local companies saw the competition as unfair since Belmont was selling their chairs for a fraction of the price compared to theirs. Koken and Emil J. Paidar's chair's were manufactured in North America and the cost compared to them being manufactured in Japan were incomparable at the time. As Belmont's business became the leading chair manufacturer the other companies went out of business.

Koken and Emil J. Paidar could not compete with Belmont for 2 reasons, cost of building the chair's and creating a product with strong materials that were too good to break down. In 1969 Koken Barber's Supply Company eventually sold out to Takara Belmont. At the same time, Emil J. Paidar Company lost most of its market share to the Japanese firm.

Koken Manufacturing Co. still operates under Takara Belmont Corp. as a parent company with acquisitions from the Koken brand, the company effectively paved the way for more barber chair design possibilities. Koken held and still holds the patent for the joystick lever which allowed control for all the functions of the barber chair to be operated in single mechanism's. 

Belmont barber chairs today are the leading chair manufacturer. If you have a barber chair from the era of the late 1800's- mid 1960's and you want to sell, fix or refurbish your barber chair email us below and hopefully we can get that done for you.

If your looking to buy a barber chair, or customize a barber chair we recommend you invest in a late 1800's Koken barber chair to a mid 1960's Belmont chair. We have barber chairs in stock that are ready to get fixed up to your taste.

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(Here are some picture's of a full restoration of a beautiful 1960's barber chair)

This chair is part of Fade Room

Pictures available below!

Present and Past vintage Belmont barber chair refurbished by Fade Room


1950's Belmont barber chair, Custom by Fade Room - Nelson Pires - Buck the barber