How to Nail Formal Wear

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes ugly sweater get-togethers, as well as more upscale soirees. We know that “Black Tie Requested” are three tricky words to tango with, so we wanted to make the season a little easier with some pointers for formal wear. I sat down with our very own Bespoke Advisors, Bruce Zuckerman and Michael Alzona, to ask them for their sartorial opinions on formal wear.

Spy vs Spy vs Spy vs Spy

If there were 13 symbols in the Lunar New Year calendar then 2015 would not be the Year of the Sheep, but, rather, the Year of the Spy. Sam Mendes’ “Spectre” has been recently released this week along with a flood of spy films this year such as Kingsman, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., and another Mission Impossible flick. (We didn’t make it to “Hitman: Agent 47.” Any good?) Don’t get us wrong here, we enjoy high-octane espionage flicks as much as the next guy, if not more, but with so many of them out we needed to compare them into a Battle Royale type-situation, to see which franchise is truly the best.

The Islay Of Teas

As the chill settles in over San Francisco, you may see Wingtip’s roving gourmand Matt Gill recommending a cup of Lapsang Souchang tea. It’s not just hot, but it’s smoked. Gill describes its flavors as reminiscent of “cigars and campfire.” We’re enchanted.

Spectre Looms over Sundance Kabuki

Last night, in an emerging Wingtip tradition, members were treated to a private screening of the latest James Bond film, “Spectre.” Guests enjoyed a medley of skewers, bruschetta, and cocktails. As expected, outfits ranged from your standard evening wear to classic Bond character renderings, such as Dr. Holly Goodhead and Emilio Largo. (For the record, your humble neighborhood journalist wore a midnight blue evening jacket with peak lapels and blue satin trim, a wing-collar tuxedo shirt, black trousers, a slim black bow tie, and a white pocket square.)

St. Germain: The Tourist Visits Mali

St. Germain’s album “Tourist” (2000) fused French house and Blue Note jazz and seemed to fit every scene. It was played everywhere: the cafes with their second-wave combinations of milk and coffee; the boutiques stacked high in shades of beige, grey, and variegated white; the deliriously uncomfortable restaurants with the hard, reverberating walls; the lounges with arcane flavors of vodka. “Tourist” was a genre-bending musical esperanto that broke down borders. It was futuristic and idealistic, and seemed primed to accompany us into the new millenium. So it was a bummer when “Tourist” faded into the aughts without a proper follow-up from St. Germain (real name: Ludovic Navarre). And it was a little nerve-wracking when that follow-up suddenly materialized this month. Would it be the long-awaited album fans wanted to hear? Or the sequel no one needed?

Opulent October Halloween Costumes

Halloween is less than a week away, and if you haven’t put together your costume or decided what you’re gonna wear, fear not, for we have your back. Here’s a list of costumes you can put together at Wingtip–or perhaps from your own well-equipped closet.

Fall TV Style Report 2015

Fall is back, and with the season comes the falling of leaves, pumpkin spice, and the wearing of Uggs. While we couldn’t care less about the latter, the new TV season is officially underway. Some millions of people have been watching football, some even baseball, but we’ve been busy digesting the most inspiring and most misguided looks for our annual Fall TV Style Report.

Wednesday: Book Launch, “Drinking The Devil’s Acre”

You may have stumbled upon his Lower Nob Hill watering hole; you may have had his signature cocktail, The Laughing Buddha; you may have even discussed the history of San Francisco cocktails with him. For those who don’t know, we’re talking about Duggan McDonnell, “the new dean of western cocktail writing,” who, after seven years of operating Cantina on a foundation of farmer’s market produce and historical cocktail wisdom has summed up his knowledge thus far in a tome called “Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails.”

Finishing Touches: Wingtip’s Keith Griego Twiddles Beats, Styles, Shows, and Graphics

Each Sunday morning this past August, at the Legionnaire Saloon in downtown Oakland, a reunion was being forged. Foreign Legion, made up of the lounge’s proprietor Prozack Turner, along with Marc Stretch, and Wingtip’s own Keith Griego aka DJ Design, had not performed together in a decade. But a call from one of the talent bookers at Oakland’s Hiero Day music festival set the gears in motion.

To Foreign Legion, the stage show is at least as important as the setlist. After all, this is the group that once got a management deal based on a stage stunt that involved the featherweight emcee Prozack Turner hiding in the backpack of heavyweight emcee Stretch, before the latter turned his back to the audience so the former could unzip the bag and perform a verse from the cozy confines of the backpack–still hovering three feet over the stage.

Agave Visits Wingtip (Plus: Avion Tequila Tasting)

Agave Denim showcases their West Coast Luxury at Wingtip this Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 7-8. In the spirit of Agave, all customers who purchase new Agave garments at the event will be invited to join us for a special Avión Tequila tasting – Silver, Reposado, Añejo – accompanied by Mexican fare to thank you for… Read more »

  • Some Things Will Never Go Out of Style

    This morning’s New York Times featured an article in the Style Section that perfectly illustrates my personal frustration with the "fashion press": the items that supposedly go in and out of style are almost always considered timeless to our core customer. The classic – nay, TIMELESS – White Buck is a perfect example. The "cool… Read more »

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  • The Fly Way to Kill a Fly

    Loyal readers all over the country — and by that, I mean, my mom — frantically alerted me to the fact that Obama had something to do with a fly. Immediately, I thought it could only be one of four things: He planned a "shopping" date night with Michelle; He promised to give a major… Read more »

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  • Put Me on the Waiting List

    Commenting on the world of super-yachts is normally out of my wheelhouse, but the $400,000,000+, 557-footer just built for BRO (Billionaire Russian Oligarch) Roman Abramovich had one particular feature that blew my mind. Swimming pool? You shouldn’t have to ask. Luxury spa? Everybody’s doing it. Helipad? Two. Check and check. Mini-submarine that also acts as… Read more »

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  • Orange & Steel on Fire

    Watching some of the St. Jude Classic on Saturday, much of the coverage focused on the leader — and eventual winner — Brian Gay. While most golf observers were no doubt taking notice of the rising star (this is his 3rd tour win), I couldn’t help but notice his choice of colors: charcoal golf shirt… Read more »

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  • Our First Radio Spots

    We will be launching our first ever radio spots in advance of the looming Father’s Day holiday — it’s June 21st if you haven’t heard — and you can hear them here first. In fact, if you send us some feedback in the next 24 hours, you may influence which one we run first. We’ve… Read more »

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  • P&G OMG

    BREAKING NEWS: The Art of Shaving has been acquired by Proctor & Gamble. Read more in AdAge if you’re interested.  File under "Things that make you go hmmm…"

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  • Single Malts Buck the Recession

    Our favorite friend-from-high-school-turned-store-customer passes along this article about a tasting involving a $2,000 bottle of Scotch.  I found it particularly relevant in light of a phone call last week from Laphroaig "asking" if they could host an event at our store this Fall to pour some Scotch from bottles that go for $400-$500! The Wall… Read more »

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  • Upcoming Events

    We’ve got a pretty full calendar at the San Francisco store leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st. On Thursday, June 11th, the winemaker from JAQK Cellars will be in attendance from 5pm-8pm to pour their fine wines and answer questions. Appetizers will be served. You can RSVP for this event on our… Read more »

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  • This Blog Post is NOFORN//X6

    GQ is all over the news this week thanks to the attention given to Robert Draper’s article on former "SecDef" Donald Rumsfeld. It’s a fascinating – perhaps downright scary – read, but if you’re like me, you were probably dying to know what all those acronyms are atop each brief. Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic… Read more »

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  • HD Trailer for Sherlock Holmes

    If I’m going to promote movies that aren’t even being shot yet, I might as well link to a trailer for a movie coming soon: Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Stars Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams. From the trailer, it seems to bear little resemblance to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels, but… Read more »

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