Weekdays, Sean Robinson is a grooming expert at ETHOS, the Philadelphia barber shop of choice for upscale gentlemen. Weekends, Robinson rides at Bellwood, the foxhunting club at historic Eden Valley Farms in northern Chester County. His longstanding passion for equestrian life informs his personal style. Classic cuts, bespoke tailoring and the occasional Stetson are all part of his unique fashion repertoire.
BARBERING TIPS FOR MEN OVER 35: Less is more. If your hair is thinning or you have some light spots, don’t overcompensate. Don’t get self-conscious about it—just let it be and work with the flaws. Get a great cut, because small nuances make a haircut look great. Then, don’t over-style it. Make it look effortless and confident.
BIGGEST TREND IN MEN’S GROOMING: Beards—a shadow, a full beard, whatever—are in right now for younger and older gentlemen. A beard on an older gentleman rings a different bell, especially if it has some salt-and-pepper in it. It’s like, “I know it’s sexy and I’m going to rock it.” A beard can transmit confidence. Use it.
HOW SEAN LEARNED THE BUSINESS: When I was 17 years old, I started working at my uncle’s barber shop, First Decision on 40th and Chestnut streets in University City. My uncle taught me the craft. He demonstrated the importance of connecting with people. Barbers have special relationships with our clients. It’s not about a 15-minute haircut—it’s about camaraderie and living a better, elevated lifestyle.
HOW SEAN STARTED RIDING AND FOXHUNTING: When I was 12 or 13, my uncle put me on a horse at his ranch in New Jersey. I got dumped that first time, but I got back on and kept at it. From then until now, riding is something I can’t do without. In 2017, John Frazier Hunt, president of the foxhunting club and its field master, stopped into ETHOS. We started talking about horses, and he invited me to come out to a hunt with him. I love it. Horses are the most majestic animals on earth. Sometimes I feel more connected to horses than people.
Bell & Ross Blue Steel watch ($5,300). Benari Jewelers, Exton and Newtown Square, benarijewelers.com.
Castaway Cisco short in wide gingham royal ($110), Nantucket Cisco short in red, white and blue seersucker check ($110), and Nantucket Sandbar swimsuit in toucan print ($98). Tiger Shop, Wayne, (610) 688-8916.
John Hardy leather and sterling silver carabiner bracelet ($595) and Archetype II William Henry pocket knife with smoky quartz gemstones and fossilized woolly mammoth tooth inlay ($1,750). Benari Jewelers.
Eagles Nest Outfitters double-nest nylon travel hammock ($79.95). Out There Outfitters, Wayne, (610) 688-6383, outthereoutfitters.com.
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