Novembeards and Movembers: A November Series on Facial Hair


No Shave Novembeard is upon us! Soon, the streets of New York will be filled with dudes growing out their stubble not just to look like attractive lumberjacks, but rather, to celebrate puns. There are also those growing moustaches for a cause: participants in Movember nobly grow moustaches to raise money for men’s health causes. Each week, we plan on checking in with various New York guys to see how their beards and/or moustaches are faring. We kicked off our hairy series Tuesday night at men’s online retailer Park and Bond’s Movember party at barbershop/bar the Blind Barber. Several of Park and Bond’s bearded employees got shaved to prep for their November moustaches. We checked in to see how their facial hair was faring.

We spoke with Jared Flint, Park and Bond’s style editor and captain of their Movember team post-shave. (All of the guys on the team are making personal contributions, as well as raising money.)

In a word, describe how your beard is feeling.
Naked. My face is abbreviated.

Any public response to your shaved face yet?
Well, it’s only been about ten minutes, but it’s a lot of sort of gaping mouths from my friends and colleagues. But I think the real judgment will be when my girlfriend gets here.

How would you describe your life as a clean-shaven person as compared to, well, beardiness?
I guess I feel like I can be a respectable citizen. I kind of feel like I look like J. Edgar Hoover at the moment. I feel clean cut, which I’m not really used to.

When you had a beard, were you ever mistaken for a sexual predator?
No, thankfully I guess. I feel more like that when I have a moustache.

Are you planning on basing your moustache on any particular celebrity or style?
No, I’m just going to do it on my own. I’ve had a moustache before, and I usually grow it past the lip-line. I call it the extra-long, but it’s not a full Fu Manchu.

Are you planning on making practical use of your facial hair? For example, using it for food storage?
I don’t, because I think that’s disgusting.

Josh Peskowitz, Park and Bond Style Director, also had his face stripped bare of a long-term beard. Peskowitz has lost family to cancer, and was extremely supportive of the cause, but was a little shocked to get shaven. In possession of a beard since puberty, Peskowitz was shaved for the first time in six years.

How does it feel to not have a beard anymore?
It’s a bit traumatic.

Facial hair is something the men in my family, the Peskowitz men, tend to have. My father, my brother, my grandfather, everybody has hair on their face. So for me it’s kind of a thing. I’ve always had at least scruff. So for me to be completely, barrenly shaven now, it’s… unusual.

In a word, describe how your beard is feeling.

Any public response to your shaved face yet?
“You look different.” Not better, not great, but just “you look different.”

Any response from your significant other?
My fiancée hasn’t seen it yet. She likes the beard. So, we’ll see how this goes.

What kind of facial hair do you plan on growing?
Handlebar moustache.

Do you plan on making practical use of facial hair? For example, using it for food storage?
I know in the past it’s been used for that. And years and years ago I was a window display guy. And there were times where I had to be up on really high ladders installing things. So I used to keep screws in my beard. I used to have Phillips Head screws in my beard. I would just stick them in there while I was working. And then at the end of the day when I was having a cocktail or something I would scratch my beard, and Phillips Head screws would just come out of my beard.

Any razorburn?
No, they did a fantastic job. I feel naked as the day I was born.

Head of Creative and Editorial at Park and Bond Tyler Thoreson hadn’t had his shave yet and was sporting some scruff. “It’s funny, he said, “Because you think Movember is all about growing a moustache, but for this crowd their beards are such a part of their identity that shaving their beards off is a bigger sacrifice than growing the moustache.”

So it was a company-wide decision to participate in Movember?
Yeah, it’s a great cause. We looked around and saw that a lot of us had beards and thought we could grow some good moustaches.

In a word, describe how your beard is feeling.
My beard is terrified because it’s about my disappear. But my moustache is feeling excited.

I have a baby coming in two and a half weeks. So everyone’s talking like “Oh, it’s such a big sacrifice, oh, I’ve gotta shave off this beard I’ve had for years,” and I’m like, guys, I’m going to be with this newborn baby, and I’ll have a halfway grown-in moustache. That kid is going to be scarred for life looking at those pictures. So I feel like I have made the biggest sacrifice. It’s for a good cause though.

What sort of facial hair do you plan on growing?
I feel like the blonde moustache is a very specific subgenre of moustaches. And I think if you’re going to go there, you have to go full-length, really long, deep coverage. I’m gonna have to go for full Fu Manchu, seventies style. So, I’m in it to win it.

Do you plan on making practical use of your facial hair? For example, using it for food storage?
I hope things don’t get too out of hand. But I’m excited to invest in a moustache brush.