The Emil J Paidar Barber Chair company is based in Chicago, Illinois. The company has been building barber shop chairs since the beginning of the 20th century.
Here’s an interesting story about Paidar barber chairs. For many years, local US companies did pretty well, selling chairs to the more than 100,000 barber shops in the States. But then in 1957, a Japanese company, Osaka’s Takara Belmont Co. arrived in the States and started competing with American manufacturers.
The first models were almost identical to the chairs produced by Emil J. Paidar Co., which was the leading manufacturer at that time. Consequently, Takara made an intelligent move.
The Takara parts are intechangeable with Paidar barber chairs. So if an arm or footrest broke, Takara would just get some spare parts from their distributor network in the US (which are considerably cheaper than original Paidar chair parts).
This story about the Japanese takeover sounds a little bit familiar, doesn’t it? Anyway, Paidar chairs are made with the finest quality (at least most of them). Some of them are really expensive in the second hand market.
Having more than 70% market share in the barber chair business in the 1970’s, Paidar is one of a few barber chair companies left. Takara already acquired the Koken company, which was the first one to start building barber chairs.