The Bolin Webb story began in the mountains of Switzerland. A quiet time to admire surroundings: Alpine views, clear skies, a comfortable stay in a mountain chalet. And within the tempo of raising a young family, a time also to reflect on the simple ways we spend our lives: the tools we use, the materials we see and hold, our day-to-day tasks.
For founder Derrick Webb, as for many, his day begins with shaving and grooming. Grooming, often a pedestrian routine, sees morning, day and week largely in repeat. This time should be spent carefully as well. Perhaps a rush. Perhaps not. But why compromise? We should be aware of what we use, able to enjoy the experience, and expect good performance and the right result.
Derrick did not care to compromise. He saw the possibility of applying design style to grooming in a razor used regularly, and certainly on display in the bathroom. Here was an opportunity to bring together blade performance, ergonomic and hygienic handling, and not least aesthetics, in one razor: a razor that became the award-winning R1 from Bolin Webb.
It takes more than an idea to go from concept drawing using the childrens’ crayons in a mountain setting to becoming a British brand that now sells razors, accessories and skincare in many of the most prestigious stores of the world, starting with London and now found in cities spanning the globe from Tokyo to San Francisco.
Design – visual appeal coupled with performance – the central nerve of Bolin Webb and the products they bring to the world of male grooming. Design that is innovative, contemporary, admired. Design that performs: be that a razor, a travel case or an after-shave balm. Design takes creativity, strong team work, a good eye. Design needs to employ good materials and formulations, and be brought to life through committed partners.
Bolin Webb shares a vision to bring properly conceived and aspirational grooming products to men. We think carefully about what we do, and are proud of the result. Bolin Webb aspires to leave a modest but distinctive legacy in the important world of how men look after themselves in the modern age. We try our hardest, employ the best partners we can find, and our story so far shows we are on the right track.
There is more to come. Enjoy the shave.