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Sennheiser Electronics Now At Wingtip

We’ve rolled out a fresh new assortment of 180-gram-vinyl-worthy Sennheiser audio equipment. Sennheiser was founded in Germany just weeks after WWII ended in 1945 to produce voltmeters. Before long, they started churning out their famed microphones and headphones; 70 years later, they remain at the forefront of audio technology. Here are a few of their products, as reviewed by the audiophiles at Wired Magazine:

The Momentums [pictured above] seem to be steeped in that same, oddly masculine brand of cool that hovers like a halo over the best gear from 30 or 40 years ago. Pair them with two fingers of Lagavulin 21-year for your next listening session in the den, and you’ll catch the vibe.” – Wired

“These [On-Ear] Momentums are almost as comfortable as their over-the-ear siblings. I chalk it up to some extra-soft earpads (they’re little Alcantara pillows) and a clamping force that’s just right — not so tight that they fatigue the ears, but tight enough to stay on for my cross-town commute. Of course, the sound is just fantastic.” Wired

“Ask any audiophile to name the best sounding headphone he or she has ever listened to and the alphanumeric answer is likely to be: HD 800.” Wired

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Reminder: Moore & Giles Hosts Trunk Show in their Airstream Thursday

On Thursday, from 9AM to 3PM, we will be visited by a very exciting trunkshow-on-wheels: A customized 1973 Airstream trailer with an interior decked out in Moore & Giles’ leather goods, housewares, and furniture.

For the occasion, we will serve sparkling herb lemonade in the morning, and whiskey sours in the afternoon, plus foil-wrapped hot dogs!

Thursday is forecast to be another summery day, the perfect time to celebrate an American brand for this stop on their ongoing roadtrip! Read more about the trailer here.

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Live Edge Tables for your Inner Lumberjack

The lumberjack in me has always had a soft spot for live edge tables. There’s something natural, raw, and authentic about them that I love. With the soft opening of the new bar in the Club, there seemed to be two spots well suited for a live edge table: the Whisky Corner and the work-in-progress Tweed Room. If there was more lumberjack in me, with additional skills in curing and sealing, I’d have chopped down my own tree and made my own table.

Lacking those skills, I reached out to Colleen Smith of Colleen Smith Designs. With a small workshop in South San Francisco, she makes almost-daily visits to various lumber yards to find choice pieces of wood for her clients. Having toured our space, her charter was to find two coffee tables for two our two different rooms.

Live Edge Table in Whisky CornerIn the Whisky Corner, Colleen found us a gorgeous Red Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) piece. Red Gum is a plantation species in many parts of the world, but is native to Australia. The tree can grow to 148 ft tall; it has smooth bark, ranging in color from white and grey to red-brown, which is shed in long ribbons.  It has a large, dense crown of leaves and is fast growing. The tree grows straight under favorable conditions, but can develop twisted branches in drier conditions.  River Reds and many other eucalypts have an ominous nickname, “Widow Maker”, as they have a habit of dropping large boughs (often half the diameter of the trunk) without warning.

The piece that Colleen found for us was salvaged from a tree in Santa Barbara and is “highly unusual in it’s shape,” and the figure (or grain) is “truly stunning.” We agree 100%. It’s about 56″ long, 21″ at the center and 22-28″ on the ends and 18″ high, and it weighs about 600 pounds.  Over time, the coloring should deepen on the top finished grain while the sides should remain gray.

Live Edge Table in WalnutIn the Tweed Room, we have a cocktail table made of Claro Walnut on a custom steel base. Claro walnut (Juglans hindsii) or California Walnut, is generally found in the northern half of the state. The wood is highly figured with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, especially in the crotch areas, where large limbs meet the trunk.  It is used in small quantities to make fine furniture and gun stocks, and sold as slabs to make large natural-top tables because of its durability, good working properties and swirling, iridescent figure.

Our walnut was salvaged from an old farm in Lake County, California.  Several walnut logs had been milled and stacked, and were found by new owners on the backside of a barn when they purchased an acreage property.  Not knowing what to do with the wood themselves, they sold it to several woodworkers with the hopes it would be wisely used. This wood would have most likely been burned or taken to a dump if it was not given a second life as our table!

Live Edge Table by Colleen Smith DesignsColleen was kind enough to also loan the store a console table for the store (which is for sale); you’ll find it back near the lumberjacky Wolverine boots, Barbour coats, Moore & Giles leather goods, and Lost Coast Outfitters fly fishing gear.

The day the tables were being delivered, we had a member inquire about buying it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the tables. It’s likely we’ll find some places for more tables, potentially in the Wine Cave and on the future Roof Deck…

To commission a piece for your home or office, visit colleensmithdesigns.com.

 

 

 

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The Peugeot Pepper Mill that Pays Tribute to a Playboy

In response to last week’s email campaign about the growing Housewares section at Wingtip, a good customer alerted us to the fact that the 50cm (19.75″) Peugeot Pepper Mill was referred to as “the Rubirosa.”

If you are unfamiliar with Porfirio Rubirosa, take a minute to read up on him (Wikipedia is always an easy place to start). If you’re intrigued, you can always read more in The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa.

Due to rumors about his natural endowment, the 50cm Peugeot pepper mill was nicknamed “the Rubirosa.” If you’re the type of person that wants a pepper mill that tells a story, there’s really only one choice.

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Wall Street Journal on The Forgetful Gentleman

Forgetful Gentleman Stationery Box SetLast Friday, an article in the Wall Street Journal called “Dapper For Dummies” highlighted some services for modern gentlemen.

Among them was The Forgetful Gentleman, whose stationery has long been a staple on our desks.

In part, the article notes, “[Nathan] Tan’s website began as a reminder system for men prone to forgetting their mothers’ birthdays. He has since suspended the reminder service, and sells personalized stationery, complete with stamped envelopes, packaged in what look like cigar boxes.”

Those cigar boxed-stationery packs, as well as his new book, “The Forgetful Gentleman: Thirty Ways to Turn Good Intentions into Action”, are both available at Wingtip.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Alexander Julian at Wingtip This Thursday

Master colorist, clothing, and furniture designer Alexander Julian will visit Wingtip this Thursday from 3pm-7pm.

We recently started carrying Mr. Julian’s stunningly colored “Monet solids,” button-down shirts that appear solid, but are made up of thousands of color variations. The colors are inspired by the detailed color planes of Impressionist painter Claude Monet–you may know him for his water lilies.

By the time of Mr. Julian’s visit we will have four more of his summer shirts in stock. He will also have a catalog of his furniture designs–and rumor has it there may be a sampling of his hand-blended wine. (Anyone with aspirations of being a renaissance man should bring a notebook.)

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Barrel Aged Cocktail Contest with Brian MacGregor and Hudson Whiskey


First, the stakes: The winner of this contest will receive a year supply (two bottles per month) of Hudson Whiskey. And the winning cocktail will be stamped onto the Wingtip cocktail menu!

Now, the details: Saturday April 20th, Wingtip Bartender Brian MacGregor hosts a workshop on cocktail building in collaboration with Hudson Whiskey (New York). June 1st, the cocktails are judged and a winner is chosen.

Enter to win: If you or you and a team (1-4 people) would like to compete, get in touch with Brian ASAP. All entrants must register by April 16th, and the contest is limited to five teams. The entry fee is $400, which includes the workshop, the whiskey, the barrel, mixing ingredients, and tools–all of which you get to keep, regardless of whether you win. Open to members only.

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Hangers: Wood is King

Kirby Allison, whose Hanger Project supplies the hardwood hangers we use at Wingtip, recently put down a few words about the subject on his blog:

“When it comes to luxury hangers, Wood is King. Wooden hangers are everywhere – but not all wooden hangers are created equal. You can find “wooden hangers” being sold all over the internet, at The Container Store, Wal-Mart and in hotels ranging from your cheap interstate motel all the way to the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland (the latter of which we supplied).

So, what’s the difference? Well, in addition to construction, availability of sizes, and other various details, the wood used is tremendously important. Here at The Hanger Project, we take the wood we use for our hangers very seriously. From the beginning, we have always been committed to using only the best woods available.”

See the reasons wood is so important, and get the breakdown on types of hardwood over at Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project blog.

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Introducing Abbeyhorn

The company now known as Abbeyhorn dates back to 1749, when the Humpherson family founded the company in Bewdley, UK. Their traditional housewares include our new Wingtip favorite, the pewter-mounted Drinking Horn (at left with 30-yr single malt Scotch), in addition to fantastically long shoe horns, shaving brushes, and the Sgian Dubh, a decorative knife that is de rigeur for “formal kilt” occasions.

All of the products are created from horn, antler, and bone, beautiful natural materials that have been saved from the scrap pile. This “ecologically sound” philospohy has remained steadfast over the years, and Abbeyhorn continues to source materials that are meat industry by-products. “We do not kill any animals purely for their horns,” reiterates Pauline Hodgson, who works in sales and marketing for Abbeyhorn.

The manufacturing traditions have also remained constant in many ways. Hodgson notes, “We still make the items as they would have done many years ago, even using some of the old machinery.”

To get some more background on the history of Abbeyhorn, we got in touch with the Bewdley Museum in Wyre Forest, UK, where some earlier Abbeyhorn pieces are kept on display.

Photos of the crafts confirm that the Humphersons traditions remain intact. The pieces at left date back nearly 150 years, but they look remarkably similar to the new stock we have on the shelf–a testament to the products’ durability.

“The forester’s horn was made by Humphersons  in 1878,” says Liz Cowley of the Bewdley Museum. “The other items would have been made around the same time towards the end of the 19th century.”

Before you use your Abbeyhorn products, you’ll want to check out their guide to product care, but rest assured that any Abbeyhorn purchase is a bonafide heirloom-in-the-making.

For more background, check out this video of the making of an Abbeyhorn shoehorn over at A Continuous Lean.

 

Thanks to Pauline Hodgson at Abbeyhorn and Liz Cowley at the Bewdley Museum for their kind help with this piece.

Tweed Room

The Future Tweed Room by Johnstons of Elgin

Tweed RoomOne of nice built-in features of the new club space are the old executive offices on the 10th floor built by the Bank of San Francisco in the 1980s. There are 7 of them, but one will remain management’s office, another will become the new Billiards Room, and a third will house a full swing golf simulator. The other four, however, will become private parlor rooms that members can reserve for entertaining. And each parlor room will be outfitted by some of our favorite vendors.

Johnstons of Elgin, world-class cashmere producer since 1797, and provider of scarves, caps, gloves, robes, and soon-to-be sweaters for us, has sent us 80 meters of Estate Tweeds that are already being turned into furniture pieces for the TWEED ROOM. Sanson Jaillot Map of Scotland The room will seat six in a combination of club chairs and sofas. Cashmere throws will hang elegantly on the wall in case any guests need extra warmth. A selection of single malts will be locked away and exclusive to the Tweed Room, and of course a few Abbeyhorn pieces will be sprinkled throughout for bartending, dining, or gaming. A final touch will be provided by our local friends at Arader Galleries who have offered an antique map of Scotland printed in 1665 by Sanson and Jaillot, who were the Royal Cartographers to the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

We’ll have photos of the room when it’s done, but we were so excited to receive so much tweed, we had to share. And stay tuned to hear about the themes of the other three parlor rooms…