Don't mess with Ralph Lauren's barber

Mr Clemente Dimonda's barbershop, designed by Ralph Lauren, is tucked into the eighth floor of the Polo Ralph Lauren headquarters at 650 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Mr Clemente Dimonda's barbershop, designed by Ralph Lauren, is tucked into the eighth floor of the Polo Ralph Lauren headquarters at 650 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • Mr Clemente Dimonda climbed into a barber chair, explaining how he came to operate a barbershop in Manhattan, and cut the hair of a generation of menswear executives, including Ralph Lauren.

"I used to work in Queens" he said. "One of the old men, Sicilian guy, he used to work in the shop where I used to work. One day, this man grabbed me by the jacket and said, 'You're too qualified for this area. You got to go to New York.'"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2018, with the headline 'Don't mess with Ralph Lauren's barber'. Print Edition | Subscribe