The Best Old-Fashioned Shave in LA

Actor Michael J. Fox on personal rituals, restaurants, and ridiculous travel purchases.

Highly subjective takes on life's most interesting experiences.

What’s your most treasured personal ritual?

My most treasured personal ritual is getting an old-fashioned hot towel shave with a straight razor. There is a classic barbershop in LA at the Montage Hotel — Gornik & Drucker — you have to trust the guy with a blade, but I wouldn’t dare try to do it myself. There will be blood.

The most beautiful restaurant experience?

Massimo Bottura, of Osteria Francescana, personally served us a seven-course dinner in his ancient vinegar cellar. It wasn’t traditionally elegant, but it was something better. Of all places you would want to be in the world at that moment, you were already there.

Most ridiculous travel purchase you’ve ever made?

The most ridiculous travel purchase I’ve ever made was when I bought a fez in Fez.

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Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is an actor, author, husband, and father who lives with his family in New York City. His latest book is “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.”

Victoria Rosselli Illustrator

Victoria Rosselli is a Brooklyn-based art director and designer who operates in brand and editorial. She is the designer at Departures.


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