It’s that time again. Our twice-yearly Risk/Reward Sale launches today. For those new to Wingtip, this is not your typical sale. Escalating markdowns are common, but with most stores, you don’t have any notice when the sale might increase from 30% off to 40% off, or from 50% to final markdowns. With our Risk/Reward sale, it couldn’t be more transparent.
TV? Or not TV? That is the question.
I love conversation. I love reading. And I love TV. I like good comedy, great drama, live sports, and the news. So there are times when I prefer to be kept up-to-the-minute with current events on TV, and there are times when I prefer to be present with company without the distraction of a TV (or, often, multiple TVs).Posted on June 16, 2015 by Ami
Sperry Shoe Tattoos: Q&A With Tattooer Dominic Vasquez
Wingtip: How similar is the process of tattooing shoes to tattooing skin?
Dominic Vasquez: It’s similar mostly because leather is essentially skin. Although the shoes won’t move or complain if it hurts, it’s still quite a challenge!
WT: We likened the Sperry shoe tattoos to art by Sailor Jerry. Is that accurate? Could you give some background on the designs you’ll be tattooing on shoes at the event?
DV: As far as what I will be tattooing at the event, I generally like to reference material that is older than Sailor Jerry. Not that Sailor Jerry is bad, but I like the look of earlier American tattooing. I can always rely on influence by Christian warlock, Owen Jensen, Tom Berg, and Milton Zeis. Not to mention, Ed Hardy is still one of the biggest influences on traditional American tattooing. Ed has had his hand in every major apex in modern tattooing, and he can still be found spreading his knowledge in the SF art scene.Posted on June 15, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Ornette Coleman: Free Style
There’s one less giant walking the earth this morning. Ornette Coleman, who operated on the frontiers of music with his jazz magna carta, died of cardiac arrest at 85 this morning in Manhattan. Coleman created a sound all his own, and backed it up with his own philosophy of sound called “Harmolodics.” After the jump, we pair Coleman’s sartorial evolution with words from the master.Posted on June 11, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
“The Man Within”: Churchill Book Launch with Author Alison Carlson and Special Guest Randolph Churchill
Last Thursday, Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, joined a cadre of Wingtip history buffs at an intimate lunch celebrating the release of Alison Carlson’s Winston Churchill coffee-table book, “The Man Within.”Posted on June 10, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Tattoo Your Sperry Shoes June 25th
Sperry Top-sider returns to Wingtip June 25th for a new kind of custom trunk show. Tattoo artist Dominic Vasquez joins the event and will be tattooing your new Sperrys with designs in the mode of sailor jerry. See examples after the jump.Posted on June 8, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Style Report: NBA Finals Game 1
The NBA Finals finally got underway last night at Roaracle, and if you were anywhere in the Bay Area you were watching. We here at Wingtip are huge NBA fans, with a particular affinity for the Warriors, so we thought we would incorporate two of our passions–clothes and basketball–into one post, and once our collective heart rate slowed down after the nail-biter, we put together a style report.Posted on June 5, 2015 by Tim Niven
Negroni Week Featured Cocktail: Piercing Sun
This week the club serves up a Negroni de Peru in honor of Negroni Week (June 1-7). This collaborative effort of Campari and Imbibe Magazine shines the spotlight on that most-balanced trifecta of cocktails, the Negroni (equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari). Of course, the one we’re serving up is a little different.Posted on June 3, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Julie Harris, Costume Designer for Bond and Beatles, Passes Away at 94; Celebrate Her Career With Our 10 Favorite On-Screen Harris Designs
Julie Harris, who outfitted actors including John Lennon, Roger Moore, and Kermit The Frog passed away at 94 this past week. Harris did her part to define the look of Swingin’ 60s London, and won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (B&W) for her work on Darling. Here are our Top 10 favorite menswear looks from Julie Harris’s films:Posted on June 3, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Celebrating Ian Fleming’s Birthday [PHOTOS]
The Club celebrated Ian Fleming’s 107th birthday this past Saturday night. We did have a guest or two wonder why he was not in attendance, but we suspect it had something to do with him passing away in 1964. To keep the theme fresh each year, we’re working through the movies in chronological order, with last year’s party celebrating Dr. No and this year’s party all about From Russia with Love.Posted on June 2, 2015 by Ami