Antica Barbieria Colla

Milanese temple of shaving and gentlemen's grooming

Antica Barbieria Colla

Tradition & Innovation

In Milan, Italy, over a 100 years ago, the barbers of the city paid huge attention to detail and wished to give customers the best possible service, and Dino Colla’s establishment was no exception. Men could go there for a treatment that included the full service of a haircut, trimming the mustache, or shaving the beard, followed by a hot towel. To put this high-quality experience in a bottle, a collection of aftershave, beard oil, shampoo, and soaps for skincare was created. The collection was well received by the world, and the barbershop, which has been standing in the same spot since it was opened in 1904 and is now known as Antica Barbieria Colla, continues to sell those superior products to this day.

Dino Colla was a barber from Ferrara who opened his own barber shop “Antica Barbieria Colla” in Via Manzoni, 19 (Milan) in 1904. He certainly faced a world that nowadays is inconceivable: horse-driven streetcars and carriages would cross each other on streets, together with the first automobiles. He never served customers himself, he rather trained his staff to guarantee they could provide a highly refined service. Some of his grooming techniques have made history: aftershave steaming face towels, taper haircuts performed with candles and the first shampoos made out of Marseille soap flakes, bitter almond oil, egg, rum and salt. Colla was a visionary of his times. After a few years since its opening, due to its great success, “Antica Barbieria Colla” was adopted as a sort of gentlemen’s club of Milan, on the style of the British ones. Indeed, it was chosen by authorities as a venue to host events,
such as the opening ceremony of the Exposition Universelle in Milan. When the salon’s success was established, Dino Colla started looking for a bigger location and in 1919 the business was relaunched in Via Verdi, 2 at the corner with Via Manzoni, facing the theatre La Scala.

In its new location “Antica Barbieria Colla” experienced its greatest glory and acclaim. It was treated almost as an institution, given that all authorities were served by it. Colla’s success lasted until August 1943 when a dreadful bombing razed to the ground Piazza Scala and the surrounding area, causing the shop to reopen 9 months later. “Antica Barbieria Colla” reopened on April 1st 1944 in Via Gerolamo Morone, 3 (its current location).

Among the many employees, only one, Guido Mantovanini, loyally waited for the reopening.
His loyalty was duly repaid by making him the sole heir of the business upon Dino Colla’s death in February 1949 at his Milan residence in Via Bigli, 21.

Franco Bompieri joined “Antica Barbieria Colla” fresh from the “Hotel Continental” experience on January 16th 1960. It would have gone on to be a sincere and passionate partnership:
the shop was thriving even more due to the clientele brought forward by Franco Bompieri. Franco Bompieri and Guido Mantovanini became shareholders at 50% each in 1965 and for thirteen years they earnestly worked together. Guido Mantovanini grew ill in 1973, hence, two years later (1975), Franco Bompieri became the sole shareholder of a shop which was already greatly acclaimed in Milan.

Explore the Products:

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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil after-shave milk

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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil after-shave milk A timeless fragrance of Antica Barbieria Colla that no one should miss. This milk has a lingering aroma that evokes a wistful nostalgia while gently caressing the face. Almond has a smooth and soothing effect on the skin and gives it a wonderful feeling of softness.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil shaving cream

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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil shaving cream Prepared according to the traditional recipe of 1945, passed on by Colla to Bompieri, it softens the skin before shaving, leaving it absolutely smooth. Enriched with Almond Oil, it is one of the line best-seller, well appreciated worldwide for the unmistakable quality of its ingredients.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla apricot hull aftershave

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    Antica Barbieria Colla apricot hull aftershave An alcohol-free lotion that refreshes, relaxes and invigorates the face after shaving, studied to prevent rashes typical of most sensitive skins.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla bitter orange beard dry oil

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    Antica Barbieria Colla bitter orange beard dry oil It softens, regenerates, moisturizes, and restructures beard in all its forms, from the softest to the bristliest ones, providing sheen and keeping it perfect over time. Its particular fragrance makes it an essential product for the daily facial care of bearded men.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°1

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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°1 The fragrance "Colonia No 1" by "Antica Barbieria Colla" was offered for sale for the first time for the company's 111th anniversary in 2015. Before that, the scents were intended for the store only. Now we finally offer this extraordinary fragrance collection in our shop. The bottles are reminiscent of the bottles used for the store opening in 1904, so each of the fragrances carries one of the digits of its founding year. Through their ethereal notes and natural ingredients, they are never overpowering in the nose, but manage to perfectly accompany, for example, sartorial outfits. Fragrances for the true gentleman! The fragrance brings out the bright masculine side of a man. It is an intense and refined composition of bergamot, jasmine, moss, and patchouli.
    • Made in Italy
    • 100 ML
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    Antica Barbieria Colla – Natural bristle shaving brush

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    Antica Barbieria Colla - Natural bristle shaving brush This peculiar type of white natural bristle is of very fine quality and it is exclusively used by the best Italian professional barbers. Besides the aesthetic shape, this brush is made of great wear-resistant material ensuring a long-lasting product. The high-grade aluminum handle is cold-drawn and each piece is polished and smoothed down individually.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°9

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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°9 A tribute to the past - the Sandalwood - which reveals in this fragrance all its majesty and elegance. A composition that opens with the soft notes of Sandalwood. It then unfolds accents of Lily of the Valley and Geranium which anticipate the richness of enveloping musk and vanilla. A crescendo of emotions that goes on with the warm and lovely Petitgrain. A refined and timeless Eau de Cologne.
    • Made in Italy
    • 100 ML
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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°0

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    Antica Barbieria Colla eau de cologne N°0 A fragrance at the same time light and intense. A debut with clear notes of Bergamot Birch heralds the radiant character of Juniper wood and Artemisia that continues to unfold combined with the intensity of Vetiver. In the end the delicate notes of Cedarwood and Oak Moss.
    • Made in Italy
    • 100 ML
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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil & aloe pre-shave cream

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    Antica Barbieria Colla Almond oil & aloe pre-shave cream A unique formula that combines essential oils in a soothing base. Refreshing elements makes it the ideal product to prepare skin for shaving, even for the most sensitive skins. Studied for face massage before shaving, it prevents skin rashes, it gives relief and a sense of freshness. It softens the beard, it protects against the razor usage and it helps the blade to flow.
    • Made in Italy
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    Antica Barbieria Colla beard conditioner with jojoba oil

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    Antica Barbieria Colla beard conditioner with jojoba oil If applied during each wash it reduces the annoying itch due to facial hairs and moustache growth, especially in the early weeks after shaving. Pure vegetable oils of Jojoba soften the beard and make it very easy to comb, nourishing it by providing the necessary proteins for greater sheen. It’s the ideal product to untangle and soften the most dried facial hairs.
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    Antica Barbieria Colla green tobacco after-shave milk

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    Antica Barbieria Colla green tobacco aftershave milk This earthy fragrance is extracted from the fermented leaves of the tobacco plant. It releases a warm and cozy sensation that inspires a sense of inner strength and energy. An intense scent that pleasantly endures after shaving.
    • Made in Italy
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    Antica Barbieria Colla darkwood beard shampoo

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    Antica Barbieria Colla darkwood beard shampoo An excellent shampoo, concentrated and rich in active principles whose effectiveness is enhanced by its formula. Specifically created for facial hairs, it cleanses thoroughly beard and mustache leaving them clean and soft. It is lightly fragranced and not aggressive and it can be used for the daily care of every bearded man.
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