The Risk/Reward Sale Starts Now

Our twice-yearly Risk/Reward Sale kicks off today at 30% OFF select seasonal apparel & accessories. The sale event raises the discount by 1% each day, meaning that sale items will be 31% off tomorrow, 32% the day after, and so forth. The rewards increase through higher savings, but so does the risk that your choice of color or size sells out.

So don’t miss out with 30% OFF NOW. This season, sale items include clothing from Peter Millar (50+ items), Bills Khakis (20+ items), Agave Denim (15 items), and much more.

Keep in mind that while you cannot use Wingtip Rewards points on sale merchandise, you will still accrue them for 10% back in store credit for future qualifying purchases.


Happy Life Day

Next year at this time, I’ll be in a movie theater watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the 15th time (as long as it’s not some Phantom Menace fiasco, in which case I will have seen it only 12 times, max). But this year, with the theaters all-but-shuttered, it’s time to stay home and celebrate Life Day in the spirit of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Tis’ the season to sit around Malla’s music box and watch San Francisco’s interstellar musical children Jefferson Starship sing their forgotten classic, “Light The Sky On Fire”. Or if you want to get really freaky, pop on a holoprojector to watch some see-through miniature trapeze artists, or fire up the mind evaporator and listen to the soothing sounds of one our favorite outer space entertainers, Mermeia (known on Earth as Diahann Carroll).

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you haven’t treated yourself to the Star Wars Holiday Special. It’s been widely critiqued. It has been called the “Dumbest Event In Television History.” The special’s producer, Dwight Hemion, called it “the worst piece of crap I’ve ever done.” And George Lucas called it “one of those things…I have to live with” (Maxim, May 2002). Some revisionist critics, in reappraising the film, have been kinder, loftily claiming that it “wasn’t the worst thing to come from 1978.” But don’t let that stop you from slipping on a pair of Chewbacca cufflinks (We’ve got a bunch more options online and in-store if you need a last-minute gift for the Geek Who Has It All), and enjoying the maligned masterpiece.

By the way, you won’t be able to watch this on TV. The master tapes were surely destroyed years ago, like the Jedi order in Operation: Knightfall. Even if some irony-laden station like FXX wanted to show it, they would have to search for a bootlegged version, with shoddy quality and straight from ’78 commercials. You would have better luck at beating Han Solo at sabaac than finding a decent copy of this film. This special is so embarrassing it would make Jar Jar Binks blush; I’m starting a rumor that it’s the underlying reason that George Lucas is opening his museum in Chicago, a galaxy far, far, away from here, where he won’t be recognized as often.


Join Us This Saturday For a Pain-Free Shopping Day

Join us this Saturday, 12/20, at the Wingtip Flagship for:

Free coffee in the AM.
Grown-up refreshments in the PM.
Live jazz from the Klipptones (2-5pm).

And, of course, we have gift ideas for the guy who has everything, the boyfriend who needs an upgrade, even the dad who’s impossible to shop for. How about:

Seiko Watches. They’re joining us for a trunk show Friday and Saturday, and showing off their GPS Astron solar watches.
Free gift-wrapping.
Free shipping.
Free waterproofing on leather goods (boots, shoes, bags) over $200.
Gift Certificates. Not just for merch, but also for barber and shoe shine services.
Brand new seasonal arrivals from Dunhill, Eton, and Pantherella.
Midwinter cabana gear from Orlebar Brown (for the guy who spends the holidays in the southern hemisphere).


Take A Swipe Outta Frostbite With Dents Touchscreen Gloves

When it’s cold enough to wear gloves, it’s too cold to take one off to answer the phone, check the map, or take a picture. It’s not only frigidly inconvenient, but the more times you take your gloves off, the more likely you are to lose one–or, if you’re lucky, drop one in a gutter teeming with slush.

Since 1777, Dents of England has set the standard for glove-wear by addressing such quandaries. So it’s no surprise that their leather touchscreen gloves ($145), besides being functional, would maintain a pristine profile, and boast a discrete cashmere lining.


5 Cocktails That Will Wow Your Guests This Holiday Season

Hosting a cocktail party this season and want to show off your serious cocktail chops? Here’s the article that I promised would follow up my recent “Stocking Your Home Bar For The Holidays”: Five drinks I love right now. And, in case you’re wondering, almost all of the spirits mentioned can be found at our Bank Of Wine & Spirits.

1. The Boothby

This has been one of the best selling drinks at Wingtip since the day we opened the doors at 550 Montgomery, and when I was home last to the great state of Wisconsin, I served it up to all my relatives and they loved it! It was born here in SF over a century ago at the Palace hotel, the same place that brought us Green Goddess dressing (nerd fact!). This drink is equal parts sophistication and celebration. In a mixing glass place 1.5 oz good bourbon (Elijah Craig 12-year is my go to), 1.5 oz Carpano Antica (Don’t be cheap here. Get this and only this.), and a dash of Ango bitters and a dash of orange bitters. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass, top with 1 oz of good California sparkling wine, (I like Roederer Estates for this one), and garnish with a lemon twist.

2. Jack Rose

This is a great NYC classic and one of my all time favorites. We do ours a bit differently here at Wingtip. Instead of using Apple Jack, we use Clear Creek two-year-old apple brandy, distilled from 100% Golden Delicious apples. It makes all the difference in the world. It makes this drink taste like you are walking in an apple orchard on a crisp fall day. In a mixing tin place 2 oz of said apple brandy, .5 oz of Small Hands Food grenadine, and half a squeeze of lime. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Double-strain into a cocktail glass.

3. The Kentucky Two Step

This little ditty harkens back to my days at Jasper’s (May it rest in peace). It is an old fashioned style cocktail designed for the winter months. In a mixing glass, place equal parts (1 oz. each) good bourbon (see Boothby cocktail), good rye (High West double rye works), .5 oz Snap liqueur, and two dashes St Elizabeth all spice dram. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with a large chunk of ice. Garnish with an orange twist. If you have too many of these, you may be doing the two-step shuffle on your walk home.

4. The Irish Goodbye

The boys (Brandon Bigalke and Jayson Wild) at Wingtip came up with this one a few weeks back, and we have been loving it. It is rich. It is mildly spicy. It is bad ass. In a mixing glass, place 1.5 oz Teeling’s Irish Whisky, .5 oz Ancho Reyes, .5 oz Honey Syrup, and .75 oz Lemon. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

5. Ants in the Pants

So this one may not be a holiday drink, but we just discovered it, and I love it, and have to share it with the world. It took us a while to nail it down, but once we did, we were stoked. It is bright and refreshing, and who doesn’t want to serve ants in the pants at a party? In a mixing glass, place 1.5 oz Tanqueray 10, .75 oz Ambre vermouth (No substitutions. All other vermouths failed in our attempts to make this classic cocktail.), .5 oz Grand Marnier, and .75 oz of lemon. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel and cherry on a pick.

Pacific Boyschoir Academy

Wingtip outfits the top half of the Pacific Boyschoir

Pacific Boyschoir AcademyFour and a half years ago, after first opening the Club, we approached our first holiday season and needed some theme or excuse for a holiday party. After some brainstorming and googling, we decided to honor Frank Sinatra’s birthday of December 12th. Each year, the party has gotten bigger and better with this year’s live entertainment featuring a phenomenal Sinatra impersonator, a DJ, and the three-time Grammy award winning Pacific Boychoir Academy.

PBA is a non­‐denominational, independent day school for boys in grades 4-8, with 7 after-school choirs for boys in pre-kindergarten through high school. The only United States boychoir school outside of the East Coast, PBA offers unique and rigorous academic programs and choral training, producing confident, engaged young scholars and artists. PBA is a richly diverse community, focusing on excellence in academics and music education.

Wingtip was approached to help design a new look for the boys, and we jumped at the chance. For their jackets, I wanted to pick something that would usually connote formality but could be dressed down if necessary. While I believe a navy blazer is the most versatile coat a man can own, for this, it seemed too predictable and a tad too informal even when dressed up.

Black Watch –the tartan with light green, medium green, dark blue, and black seemed to have all the attributes I felt were most important: formal with a bit of whimsy and also bold enough not to be forgotten. Black watch can be dressed down with dark blue jeans and no tie, and it can be dressed up with black pants, black shoes, and black tie.

With the help of one our members, a few prototypes were made before the final coats you see in the photos above.

The Sinatra Party featured an embarrassment of riches as far as live entertainment was concerned. I loved Robbie Howard as our Sinatra, and I loved watching the PBA, I didn’t get nearly enough of either of them. The boys were a huge hit, and we hope to see them in the Club again. You can learn more about supporting the PBA here.

Next year, maybe we work on trousers and shoes!…


Holiday Gift Guide (Don’t Take Our Word For It)

We like to think of ourselves as a shop for the gentleman who has everything, or maybe as the shop for the guy who’s hard to shop for. So it’s no surprise that many of our favorite items show up in newspaper and magazine gift guides each year. Here are some recent listings:


Exfoliating Body Bar featured in Man Of Many’s2014 Christmas Gift Guide – The Groomer


Handkerchiefs featured in The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life


Black And Chrome Large Stapler featured in Bloomberg’sWhat to Get the Club-Going Classicist


Cavalier II No. 97 duffel bag (pictured at left) featured in Design Trend’s, “Travelers, Jetsetters, Globe Trotters—Gift Guide For Those On The Go!

Medium Pouch No. 64 featured in Bloomberg’sWhat to Get the Club-Going Classicist


Wine aroma kits featured in CTV News’Holiday Gift Ideas For The WIne Lover In Your Life


Patchwork Scarves featured in New York Daily News’The best new holiday markets in New York from Bryant Park to the Brooklyn Flea


Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste featured in Man Of Many’s2014 Christmas Gift Guide – The Groomer


Paris Classic Chocolate Pepper Mill featured in Yahoo’s “Gift Guide For The French Chef


Momentum Over-Ear Headphones featured in Paste Magazine’sGift Guide For Tech Lovers

Momentum In-Ear Headphones featured in Forbes Magazine’sHoliday Gift Guide For Travelers On Your List

Momentum On-Ear Headphones featured in Technology Tell’sApple Gift Guide

Momentum Over-Ear Headphones featured in San Diego Source’sAnnual Holiday Tech Gift Guide

G4me One Headset featured in SlashGear’sHoliday Gift Guide


Featured in the Wall Street Journal’sFuture Presents: A Tech Gift Guide From the Cutting Edge; The Innovative Gadgets and Electronic Toys to Buy This Holiday Season

Play 1 Speakers (pictured at left) featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer’sGizmo Guy 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Play 1 Speakers featured in Outside Magazine’sHoliday Gift Guide 2014: The Ultimate Base Camp

Featured in Sydney Morning Herald’sChristmas Gift Guide – Digital

Play 1 Speakers featured in Recode’sHoliday Gift Guide: What to Buy a Boomer

Play 3 Speakers featured in Geekwire’sAnnual Geeky Holiday Gift & Gadget Guide

Featured in 9to5mac’sHoliday gift guide: Smart home products – get a jump on HomeKit for 2015

Featured in PC & Tech Authority’s2014 Christmas Gift Guide: For the Home

Play Speakers featured in Tom’s Hardware’s(Practical) 2014 Holiday Gift Guide


Boston Garden Parquet Floor Bottle Opener featured in the Boston Globe’sHoliday gift guide: Best boutiques in Cambridge, Newton, Scituate

MLB Wallet featured in New York Daily News’Need something for the sports fan in your life?


Featured in Forbes Magazine’sHoliday Gift Guide For Travelers On Your List


The Avengers Cane-Umbrella by Fox of London

There are two Avengers universes: one with umbrellas and one without.

We get our next glimpse into the latter in May, when “Avengers II: Age Of Ultron” will spread through movie theaters like the plague. We may never get another glimpse into the former, thanks to a horrific 90s reboot from Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes. But for fans of the cult television show, we have the next best thing: The Avengers Umbrella by Fox Umbrellas ($210). While it’s not gonna help you stop an invasion by the Chitauri or the Kree, it will be of use if you need to fight Cybernauts or John Cleverly Cartney. From the sleek black umbrella canopy to the whangee cane handle, this is a spot-on replica of the the iconic weapon-of-choice of our second favorite British Intelligence agent, minus the sound recorder, hidden camera, and cane sword (now sadly illegal).

For those of you who don’t know, Fox Umbrellas is one of the oldest makers of umbrellas, dating back to 1868. All of their products are crafted and assembled in England. They’ve provided umbrellas to the likes of JFK, members of the English and Japanese royal families, as well as film usages including “Around the World in 80 days” starring Jackie Chan, and the critically acclaimed BBC drama “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, in addition to, of course, the Avengers.

Whether it’s pouring rain outside, mildly foggy, or you just want to dress up as the oenophile secret agent himself, you too can now channel your inner John Steed. (We can also help if you’re in need of a 3-piece suit and a bowler hat.)


Saturday: Party At The Pop-Up

This Saturday, 12/13, we’re throwing an all day event, from 10am to 6pm, to celebrate the opening of its holiday pop-up at 355 Sutter.

We will feature:

  • Live jazz from the Klipptones, snacks and refreshments
  • An all-day, in-store discount of 15%
  • The brand new “Centennial” bison leather boot from Wolverine

Moore & Giles Holiday Giveaway: Benedict Duffel Stuffed With Goodies

We’re collaborating with Moore & Giles to give one lucky gent a Benedict Duffel bag, stuffed with accessories from some of our favorite vendors–St.James of London, Baxter of California, Marvis, Wurkin Stiffs, Pantherella, Derek Rose, Peter Millar, and Margo Petitti–plus additional leather goods from Moore & Giles.

You’ll definitely want to throw your hat in the ring for this prize.

The giveaway ends Friday. Details at Moore & Giles.