Since 1908, the land Wingtip currently occupies has been the home of banks: first, the Bank of Italy, then the Bank of San Francisco, and most recently First Bank. But prior to the 1906 earthquake, other businesses inhabited our plot at Clay & Montgomery. Coincidentally, the businesses on our block in 1886 –128 years ago– are eerily similar to what Wingtip sells today. Here is the roster of businesses at the corner of Clay & Montgomery in 1886:
- A. Griesser. Importer of cigars and tobacco,
- Martin & Horton. Wines, cigars, liquors.
- J. Scheibli. Merchant tailor.
- The Arion. Foreign and domestic Liquors and cigars.
- Lawrence & Levy. Wholesale butchers.
- J.B. Lind. Wines and cigars.
- M. Brandenstein & Co. Wholesale butchers.
- Adolph Osterlch. Chronometer and watchmaker.
- W.B. Walkup & Co. Map mounting and coloring.
- Dickman, Jones, & Hettrich. Lithographers.
- C.W. Nevin & Co. Printers.
- Eagle Coffee and Spice Steam Mills.
- Henry Bruggemann. Merchant Tailor.
- Corporal Kasche’s “for hot lunch and a glass of ice cold Fredericksburg beer.”
Tailors, wine, spirits, cigars, watches, books, beef, coffee, and hot lunch and ice cold beer — that about sums up what’s happening in that same spot today.
The map of all of downtown San Francisco is below. You’ll find our block in the upper right quadrant where the diagonal part of Montgomery Street straightens out. We also have a large print of this map framed in the Bespoke level of the store at 550 Montgomery.
Passing by our store in the Financial District, you may notice our new window signage. Normally, we wouldn’t post something about signage, but we are over the moon with the way they came out. You’ll have to click on each window to appreciate some of the subtleties; if you’ve never visited the Club, the last window gives you some insight…Artwork by Hatch Design; installation by Martin Sign Co.
We know our customers already appreciate craftsmanship: suits made by hand rather than machines, benchmade shoes, hand-painted cufflinks, to name a few. Machines have taken over so much of the world’s production that sometimes it’s hard to remember that something was ever done by hand. Embroidery is a good example. Your golf shirt with your country club’s logo on it? The shirt is made mostly by machines, and I can guarantee you the logo was embroidered by a machine. And it probably should be, or else the shirt would cost double.
So when I found out that one of our employees was a skilled embroiderer, the question wasn’t if we should have her do something; it was what should we have her do? It needed to be something substantial to really show off the artistry. The Club needed a directory sign to help guide members & guests find their way, and so we asked Jessica Tang, our store assistant and hand-embroiderer, to create one. Because of the texture and detail, the photos don’t really do it justice, but keeping it a secret would be worse. It is being framed this week and will find its permanent home by the end of the month.
We are thrilled to announce that one of San Francisco’s top arbiters of stye, Racked SF, has given us top honors in their annual assessment of SF menswear.
They write, in part, “There are dozens of men’s stores in San Francisco that can set you up with a suit; hundreds that offer menswear. So why did we choose Wingtip as the city’s best men’s store? It’s the experience of walking into marble-walled Bank of Italy foyer, the level of customer service, and the passion the shop generates among its clients.”
Journeys With Krug
Experience four expressions of one of the greatest Champagnes in the world, paired with elegant hors d’oeuvres and unique Wingtip experiences, hosted by US Krug Ambassador, Garth Hodgdon. Featuring: Krug Grande Cuvée, Rosé, Vintage 2000 and Vintage 2003.
Fri Sept. 26th, 4-7pm. $175.
Open to public, but limited to 30 people. RSVP required. Email email@example.com for RSVP and questions.
Our bi-annual Risk/Reward Sale is brimming with fresh spring and summer apparel at 38% Off.
The sale event raises the discount by one percentage point each day, meaning that seasonal apparel will be 39% Off tomorrow, 40% the day after, and so forth. This sale tests a customer’s capacity for risk–do you buy the shirt at 38% Off? Or wait until it hits 50? The rewards increase–lower priced merch–but the risk that your choice of color or size has been sold out, increases in tandem.
As we creep up toward 65% or even 70% Off, there will be very little left in the way of sizing and color options. At that point the sale will simply disappear–and the risk will have outweighed the reward. So don’t miss out with 38% OFF NOW.
And don’t forget: You can now accrue points good for store credit on sale merchandise you buy (although points cannot be redeemed for sale merchandise). Read all about the very generous Wingtip Rewards program that earns you 10% back in store credit for qualifying purchases. Enroll at the first step of Checkout.
Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of golden repair, which embraces the seams of broken pottery by fusing them in unmistakable gold. The underlying philosophy is that an artifact is more beautiful for having been broken and repaired, and this is the mindset that new Wingtip shoe-shiner Vasti Porter brings to her work.
“I like seeing the shoe messed up,” says Vasti, “like Michelangelo seeing something in rough marble that needs to be brought out. I see the shoes as they are, and I see what they can be.”
Vasti has been shining shoes professionally since 2005, apprenticing all over the country, spending time with “old shoe shine guys” from LA to Toronto, from rodeos to leather bars. But she recalls that her first foray into shining was as a teenager at boarding school. With a strict dress code that required perfectly-shined shoes, the other students noticed Vasti’s skill, and started bartering with her to get her quality shine on their own shoes.
Vasti offers three shines starting at $10/shine. Each starts with basic cleaning, conditioning, and careful welt and edge dressing. From there, the Neat Shine ($10) also includes your basic cream and wax polish. The Top-Shelf Shine ($15) includes the basic shine, plus color renewal. Finally, the Wingtip Shine ($20) includes all of the above, as well as color enhancement, with liberal cream and wax applications. Vasti will take into account exactly what your shoes need, and tailor the treatments on a shoe-by-shoe basis.
Vasti’s “passion for the polish” runs deeper than a few coats of wax, beneath the cream conditioner, and into the very pores of the leather. She intones another Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi, in embracing not just the wear-and-tear of shoes, but the passage of time beneath your soles–the shoes you wear to an interview, to a business meeting, to your wedding. “What I do reveres the authenticity of the boot above all,” says Vasti. “It’s about honoring the intrinsic beauty and function of that boot, appreciating all of its imperfections, impermanence, and incompleteness.”
Vasti’s shoe shine stand is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm on the Ground floor at Wingtip.
It’s not everyday that we have an opportunity to experience a snapshot of history in a glass, with a particular focus on one of the most legendary vintages of our lifetime. Hailed as a vintage that changed everything, 1982 was stellar in Bordeaux, with praise coming from all angles, particularly from wine critic, Robert Parker. This vintage has perhaps done more to stir hype in the market, drastically affect prices, and influence a stylistic shift in winemaking that still resonates. Why do people still talk about this as one of the finest vintages of Bordeaux ever? Come find out as we taste through a well-curated lineup of stellar producers from the legendary vintage, including two 100 point wines and 3 of the 5 First Growths.
Matthew Goldfarb of The Cellar Manager put together this parcel from the cellar of a legendary collector in the Los Angeles area. All wines were purchased on release or through trusted auction and retail sources and stored in temperature and humidity control.
There are two spaces remaining for this very special evening at Wingtip on Saturday night, June 14th, 2014. Cocktails will start at 6:30pm with a multi-course pairing menu created by chef Matt Paine beginning at 7pm. The tasting includes the following wines, all from the famed 1982 vintage:
- Chateau Calon Segur – St. Estephe, 94+ points
- Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste - Pauillac, 96 points
- Chateau Mouton Rothschild - Pauillac, 100 points
- Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou – St. Julien, 96 points
- Chateau Gruaud Larose – St. Julien, 98 points
- Chateau Leoville Las Cases – St. Julien, 95+ points
- Chateau Margaux – Margaux, 98 points
- Chateau Haut Brion - Pessac Leognan, 95 points
- Chateau La Mission Haut Brion – Pessac Leognan, 100 points
- Chateau Trotanoy – Pomerol, 94 points
- Chateau Cheval Blanc – St. Emilion, 92 points
In addition, a couple members are bringing additional bottles to share. $1,000 per guest, all inclusive. If interested, please email ami [at] wingtip.com.