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Results of the 2012 L.A. Beard and Mustache Competition

The second Los Angeles Beard and Mustache competition, organized by the Northern Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Club, unspooled Sunday night at the Belasco in downtown L.A., and hirsute champions, second-place and third-place winners were crowned in nine categories.

Photos: A gallery from the second annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition

The most noteworthy win was the second consecutive first-place win by Nate Johnson, who followed last year's win in the more broadly defined partial beard category by placing first in the sideburns/muttonchops category.

Also notable, thanks to a newly added category called whiskerina (a faux facial hair faceoff for females), was a pair of husband-and-wife second-place wins by Aaron (Sideburns/Muttonchops) and Emily (Whiskerina) Abravaya.

And while Aussie tourist Richard Schipper may not have taken home the top prize in the styled mustache category he is headed back Down Under with a third-place trophy -- and a story to go with it. Schipper  told All the Rage he was here on holiday and had entered the contest on a last-minute whim after a friend brought it to his attention,

Complete results of the 2nd annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

Natural Mustache
1. Alfred Nash
2. Javier Quintanilla
3. Brenden Kenney

Business Beard
1. Mark Hurlston
2. Patrick Daniel
3. Karl Dunn

1. Kevin Riordan
2. Chris Noel
3. Stephen Scarpa

Sideburns / Muttonchops
1. Nate Johnson
2. Aaron Abravaya
3. Jan-Michael Losada

Groomed Beard
1. Jeffrey Moustache
2. Joshua Davis
3. Shawn Hasson

1. Killo Kitty
2. Emily Abravaya
3. Lindsay Stinner

Styled Mustache
1. Sean Raiger
2. Robert “Cowboy Bob” Richardson
3. Richard Schipper

Full Beard Natural
1. Ryan Dreyer
2. Scott Lehr
3. Riqo Sanders

1. Aarne Bielefeldt
2. Justin Vorhauer
3. Jack Tannatt


L.A. Beard and Mustache battle heads downtown this June

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Results of the 1st Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Nate Johnson, left, pauses for a fan photo while event co-organizer and master of ceremonies John Myatt looks on. Johnson's win in the sideburns/muttonchops category made him the only competitor to repeat a first-place finish in the L.A. Beard and Mustache competition that started last year. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

L.A. Beard and Mustache battle heads downtown this June

2011LABeard Competition
The sophomore outing of the Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition is moving over the hill from North Hollywood to the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, where it is slated to take place June 24.

The competition has also refined the categories of competition, and whiskered warriors may now compete in nine categories instead of five; the mustache division is now split between natural and styled 'staches, a category was added for groomed beards, the partial beard category is divided between goatees and sideburns/muttonchops, and the freestyle division now offers something for the ladies as well -- a "Whiskerina" category.

"Show what the good lord neglected to give you and show us what could have been," reads the women's category description at the competition's website. "Pick a theme for your beard or mustache -- creativity is key. Judges will look at craftsmanship creativity, and overall appearance when voting on the best Whiskerina competitors."

PHOTOS: A gallery from the inaugural Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

At last year's freshman outing in August, there were about 100 competitors and an estimated crowd of 300 attendees, and John Myatt, president of the host Los Angeles Beard & Mustache Club (who happened to take top honors in the "Full Beard Groomed" category at the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships back in October) told All The Rage he expects the upcoming facial-hair faceoff  "to be 500% bigger this year." 

The Second Annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition, June 24,  2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Belasco, 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles. Tickets are $15 (for spectators) and $25 (for competitors) and are available at


Results of the 1st Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

Results of the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

Photo Gallery: 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Scenes from the 2011 Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships in North Hollywood include an unidentified beardsman taking the stage (left) and mustache contestant Lucky Almader(far right) with wife Edith. Among the new categories added for 2012 is one for women called "Whiskerina. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times 

Bearded & Tschorn: Justin Timberlake debuts a faceful of fuzz at CES

Timberlake with beard at CES

For followers of tonsorial trends, the big news coming out of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week had nothing to do with the dazzling advances in technology and everything to do with Justin Timberlake's facial hair.

Pictures of J.T. on stage at a Panasonic press event Monday announcing the development of Myspace TV (Timberlake is one of the social network's investors) show the multihyphenate with a full, neatly trimmed brown beard that, when we crossed paths with him at GQ's Men of the Year party in mid-December was little more than week-old scruff.

We're not sure what exactly prompted the beard to blossom -- it could well be related to an upcoming film project -- but, over the years, our fascination with facial hair and our observations of how and why it's grown by menfolk of every stripe has taught us that such major changes are often outward manifestations of inner change (the newly unemployed and new fathers are just two examples). 

Whatever the reason -- we won't speculate -- we kind of like the tonsorial Timberlake. It gives him a look of maturity and gravitas.

And that's no easy feat for a performer who literally grew up in front of the camera.


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Photo: A bearded Justin Timberlake speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

The Art of Shaving celebrates new Beverly Hills flagship

Art of Shaving Grand Opening
The Art of Shaving celebrated the opening of its Beverly Hills flagship barber spa on Thursday night, the newest -- and at 2,900 square feet of retail space the largest -- of its men's grooming emporiums to date.

It stocks men's grooming tools, from the old school -- silvertip badger-hair shaving brushes, safety razors and straight razors  -- to contemporary items such as Gillette Fusion razors, pre-shave oils, shaving creams and post-shave balms (Gillette's parent company, Proctor & Gamble, bought The Art of Shaving brand in 2009). The  boutique also boasts an expansive space in the back outfitted with eight vintage barber chairs where menfolk can go for a range of services, including a beard/mustache trim ($15), classic straight-razor shave ($45), haircut ($60) and a manicure/pedicure ($80). 

When we ducked in to check out the new digs, brand representatives told us that moving forward, stores (the number of which is growing rapidly, and is expected to hit 63 by the end of 2011) would resemble the look and feel of the Beverly Hills space. That's a good thing because the decor -- which includes walls covered with vintage-looking razor ads, shaving-related cartoons and, flanking the front entryway, a wall-hanging comprised of hundreds of razor blades -- manages to toe the exceedingly fine line between manly and trying-too-hard-masculinity.

It's worth noting that The Art of Shaving's growing presence in the market (it joins already existing local locations including Westfield Century City, Westfield Topanga, the Americana at Brand and South Coast Plaza) is just the latest example of a rapidly expanding manscape landscape.

In November 2010 we watched with interest as new management relaunched the Shave of Beverly Hills (just around the corner and down the street at 230 South Beverly Drive). And just a few weeks ago, another temple of all things tonsorial -- Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, which was barely a year and a half old and had already doubled the size of its La Cienega flagship -- added more barbers to its staff and even added a vintage children's barber chair to allow for the prospect of utterly adorable side-by-side father-and-son haircuts.

The Art of Shaving, 9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, 515 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Looking sharp at the new Baxter Finley Barber & Shop

Silver Lake library to host facial-hair face-off Dec. 20

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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At left, "True Blood" actor Kevin Alejandro gets a straight-razor shave Thursday at the party celebrating the grand opening of The Art of Shaving's Beverly Hills location. At right, party host George Kotsiopolous (third from right) poses with the half-dozen male models on hand to represent the  "Brotherhood of Shaving" ad campaign. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images

Silver Lake library to host facial-hair face-off Dec. 20

2011 LA Beard and Mustache Competition
Beardmen and 'stache-thletes working on their winter coats will have a chance to put their best face forward in an upcoming beard and mustache competition presented by the Silver Lake Branch Library.

The new event, which joins an increasingly crowded calendar of facial-hair face-offs around the country, will be awarding first-, second- and third-place prizes in six categories titled: Hipster, Best Fake, Most Scholarly, Most Outrageous, Go Big or Go Home and, the one that's our favorite given the time of year, Santa Claus.

The inaugural competition's sponsors include Silver Lake Wine, Cha Cha Lounge (which will be serving up commemorative pint glasses after the competition), Rockaway Records, Red Lion Tavern, Relapse Records and Mane 'n Tail shampoo (seriously).

Organizer Johathan Pitre, who works at the library, told us he was inspired to put the event together when he found out that none other than world-class beardsman and two-time world champion Jack Passion had recently relocated to the Silver Lake neighborhood from his former home of Walnut Creek, Calif. 

"Jack is going to come in and talk about his facial-hair book," Pitre told All The Rage. "And with these kinds of competitions becoming more popular -- and even being on TV -- I thought it would be a way to do something that was relevant and current and introduce a whole bunch of people to the library at the same time."

The competition, which is free to enter, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 20 starting at 6 p.m. at the Silver Lake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles. Competitors are asked to register by Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. by e-mailing Pitre at 


Five Four X Movember: A handlebar (mustache) for each wrist

Results of the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Contestants take the stage at the first annual Los Angeles Beard & Mustache Competition earlier this year. The Silver Lake Branch Library has announced it will hold a similar facial-hair face-off on Dec. 20, 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Five Four X Movember: A handlebar (mustache) for each wrist [Updated]

Five Four Movember

Los Angeles-based Five Four* is the latest label to jump on the Movember charity brandwagon. The fashion brand it will donate $10 from the sale of each $50 Movember Country Gentleman Red Plaid Buttondown to the cause, which raises money and awareness for men's health issues, including prostate cancer.

In addition to an interior tag touting the partnership (see photo above), the 100% cotton button-front shirt has stealth 'stache cuffs that are red plaid on the outside but unbutton to reveal a bangin' gold handlebar mustache embroidered on the black poplin contrast cuff lining of each sleeve.

The shirt is available now at the brand's bricks-and-mortar flagship store at Westfield Culver City, as well as online through the label's website.**

In addition to the Toms Shoes collaboration we told you about last week, this year's other wearable Movember-supporting merchandise will include Palmer Cash T-shirts, knit caps from Krochet Kids International, necklaces by Demitasse Jewelry and cuff links by Arbitrage.

If biking is your thing, then you should check out the Movember-themed, mustache-emblazoned cycling kit by Giordana, which for anyone keeping track, essentially means handlebar mustaches made for wearing while holding on to the handlebars.


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Five Four Clothing will donate $10 to the Movember Foundation to fund prostate cancer research and awareness for each of the $50 shirts with stealth 'stache cuffs it sells. Credit: Five Four Clothing

[*Correction 10/25/11, 11:23 a.m.: An earlier version of this post referred to Five Four incorrectly as Five Four Clothing. ** Update: The stock of shirts at Five Four's e-commerce site has been replenished since our original post, so that link has been added.]

Toms Shoes X Movember: Some panache with that 'stache? [Updated]


Movember Mens Toms

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Toms Shoes' support of the monthlong, worldwide charity mustache-grow known as Movember is back for another season with two styles of 'stache-embroidered footwear for men and women. That means in addition to providing a pair of shoes to a child in need, purchase of a pair will also help fund prostate cancer research and awareness.

This season, in addition to a new gray waxed twill version of its classic alpergata silhouette with a handlebar mustache design embroidered in white near the heel and a hound's-tooth check lining ($58), the company has added a second style -- a two-toned gray and black waxed twill version of its "bota" (or "boot") silhouette ($98), which also sports a hound's-tooth check lining.

The limited-edition shoes are expected to be available at select retailers and online in early November -- just in time for the Movember growing season, which starts Nov. 1.

[For the record, 12:14 p.m. Oct. 19: An earlier version of this post gave the wrong availability date for the limited-edition shoes. They will be available for purchase sometime in early November, not as of Oct. 15.]


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Movember Foundation promotes mustache-growing for cancer awareness

 -- Adam Tschorn

Photo: For its second year supporting the charity mustache-growing event known as Movember, Toms Shoes has added a new style -- a limited-edition version of its "bota" silhouette in two-toned waxed twill with a mustache embroidered at the heel ($98) which is currently available at select retailers and online at Credit: Toms Shoes

Results of the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

2011 Beard Champions
California and Ohio took home the most wins at the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships, which took place on Saturday in Lancaster, Pa. 

PHOTOS: 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

In all, more than 200 bearded and mustachioed guys, ranging in age from 16 to 66 and hailing from 35 U.S. states and a handful of foreign countries -- as close as Canada and as far flung as New Zealand -- descended on the heart of Amish country for a facial-hair faceoff that, while it recognized some of the circuit's familiar faces, resulted in crowning a fresh crop of tonsorial talent, many of whom had been introduced to the world of competitive beard sports through the IFC Channel’s recent “Whisker Wars” comedy-documentary series.

Los Angeles, traditionally well-represented in the Moustache category, failed to place, with the top

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National Beard and Moustache Championships tip off Saturday

Scenes from the 1st Annual LA Beard and Mustache
The 2011 U.S. National Beard and Moustache Championships are set to tip off at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa., in the heart of Amish country.

It's the second annual nationwide battle of the bearded and mustachioed organized by Beard Team USA
with the inaugural event taking place in Bend, Ore., in June 2010.

Many of the folks from that facial-hair face-off are scheduled to attend the event at Clipper Magazine Stadium, including Jack Passion, the former world champion beardsman who will be reprising last year's 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championship role as master of ceremonies, Beard Team USA captain Phil Olsen (whose fur-bearing faces should be familiar to followers of IFC's "Whisker Wars" reality show) and Willi "the hair pretzel" Chevalier, the German bearding legend and current U.S. Nationals freestyle champion, who will be serving as a judge.

Other judges are expected to include the reigning Miss Pennsylvania Juliann Sheldon, pro football player Justin Hartwig, rugby player Phil Thiel and Josie Cuervo, founder of (and skater with) the local women's roller derby team the Dutchland Rollers.

Replacing Dockers as this year's presenting sponsor is Panasonic, which sounds like an odd fit until you realize that the electronics company also makes a line of beard and body grooming devices.

A total of $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in five categories: moustache, partial beard, full beard groomed, full beard natural and freestyle. 

Oh, and you'll be able to follow all the follicularly focused fun in real time on our @LATimesImage Twitter feed (and later here at All The Rage) since I'll be live in Lancaster for the event. 


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Results of the 1st Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

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-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Contestants line up at the first-ever Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships held earlier this year. The second annual nationwide battle of the bearded takes place Saturday in Lancaster, Pa. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


Results of the 1st Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships [Updated]

1st LA Beard and Mustache Championship
The first-ever Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships took place at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood Sunday afternoon, and you know competition's tough when Abraham Lincoln comes in third place.

Honest Abe -- in all his stovepipe-hatted, bow-tied glory -- was actually professional Lincoln presenter Robert Broski of Covina, and his third-place finish was in the partial beard category, behind Chris Noel (whose business card reads: "actor / musician / #1 freak" ) in second place, and Nathan Johnson grabbing top honors.

Photos: A gallery from the inaugural Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships

And though there were three additional beard categories (business beard, full beard and freestyle -- which included tonsorial topiaries of all kinds) included in the facial-hair faceoff organized by the North Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Club, it was the 'stache that brought more than a dash of panache -- and solidified the City of Angels as the home of the handlebar.

"The mustache [category] was the most competitive I've seen anywhere," Phil Olson remarked afterward of the 28 vying for a prize (representing more than a quarter of the nearly 100 competitors in all). "I'd call Los Angeles the City of Mustaches."

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