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!