Yesterday was a proud day for me, personally. It was almost 10 years ago that I attended an Oxxford trunk show and picked out a custom charcoal flannel double-breasted suit. I had just left my job in software, but I was (and still am) a sucker for trunk shows. Oxxford had just hired a new designer, Jack Simpson, and their new President at the time, Michael Cohen, were both in attendance. Yet, a few days later, knowing that my next paycheck could be months or years away, I canceled the suit before they had started working on it. And I’ve thought about it ever since.
The pangs got worse in ’96 when Spike Lee’s Inside Man came out, and Christopher Plummer was wearing my suit (photo at left). He looks a little younger than I would in the same suit, but it’s a good reference point.
While I would occasionally spot a nice Oxxford suit at another store over the years, I knew that someday, On The Fly would carry Oxxford, and I just needed to wait it out. Ten years after I ordered and canceled that suit, and almost seven years after launching On The Fly, yesterday became that day. On The Fly Bespoke is proud to be San Francisco’s exclusive purveyor of Oxxford suits, sport coats, and trousers.
Swatches are currently available for perusing; more are on the way. Try-on sizes should arrive in a few weeks, followed by bolts of cloth. There will be much more to say about Oxxford in the months and years to come: they are five years from celebrating their 100th anniversary, their client list reads like a "Who’s Who" of gentlemen, and the handwork that goes into each suit –more than in a Brioni or Kiton– makes it the choice of a connoisseur. We’re extremely proud to carry the banner.
And I passed on the DB, and instead picked out a 3-piece mid gray with a
lavender windowpane that should arrive in 6 weeks after being made
completely by hand by the finest tailors in America. Some of those folks make brief cameos in the video below:
Bills Khakis is one of my favorite appointments. The people are great, the
Wingtip Founder & CEO, Ami Arad is the quintessential modern gentleman. He has distinctive taste, an eclectic style, and dresses for every occasion. Ami developed his vision for Wingtip at a young age; even back in high school where four years of speech and debate meant weekends wearing a coat and tie, he was in his element. Years of working in upscale men’s clothing stores and socializing in cigar shops, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, inspired Ami to develop Wingtip, a men’s specialty store and private social club.