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 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 »
Last month, Wingtip’s very own Brandon Bigalke competed in Bombay Sapphire’s Regional Finals for the 9th Annual “World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” competition. Held at the of-the-moment Mission bar Forgery, the event was the last stop on the tour, pitting six bartenders against each other to find out who would represent San Francisco at the North American Finals.
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Saint Crispin’s is back next week for a trunk show on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th. In addition to the usual fare of wingtips, oxfords, loafers, boots, and whole cuts, customers will also have the first opportunity to stamp their toe with a medallion designed by Wingtip. More about Saint Crispin’s at their… Read more »
Starting my journey at the marina where San Pablo Bay and the Petaluma River meet, I rode up Lakeville Hwy from the Hwy 37 Junction. The countryside has farms with cows, sheep, goats, horses and a miniature horse ranch. Among all this are vineyards. These are winegrowers who work intelligently with the terroir to provide the best material for winemakers to work with.
Super Sideman: Sax player Mark Rivera on touring with Billy Joel, working with Ringo Starr, and where to find the best slice in Brooklyn
Some people declare their major at 19. Or lose their virginity. Or try a Manhattan for the first time. At 19, Mark Rivera was just getting his first real gig: playing sax for Sam & Dave. From that auspicious breakthrough, Rivera worked on a number of projects, any one of which could have been a career-defining highlight: marquee gigs working with Foreigner, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Ringo Starr.
Clothing layers are a must in the Bay Area. From the time the marine layer settles in at 6am and the time you break for lunch, there could be a rapid swing in temperature. And our micro-climates practically guarantee that the weather at your house is not even the same as the weather at your work. While we layer during every season, we especially like to layer up in the fall and winter, even if we still have to shed our scarves and overcoats by noon everyday.
Anchor is America’s first and oldest craft brewery, with roots dating back to the California gold rush. Even with the efficient beer production technologies of today, Anchor still handcrafts its beers from an all-malt mash in its traditional copper brewhouse in Portrero Hill. Walking into Anchor’s facility transports you back to 1965 when Fritz Maytag, of the clothes washer fame, purchased the failing brewery. There is the original bar where customers could buy beer directly from the brewery. The smell of malted, heated cereal fills the air. Even the name, Anchor Steam, evokes a different time and approach to beer.
Visit the new St. Croix shop-in-shop at Wingtip, where we are offering an expanded selection of American-made shirts, sweaters, pants, and more. PLUS: Visit Bespoke to see the new fall line from Mark Pomerantz.
Portfolio2007-2009 It seems like only yesterday that I was kicking myself for missing the inaugural issue of Portfolio – Conde Nast’s glossy competitor to Fortune, Forbes, and the like. Well, I didn’t miss it — I think I still have it — but I meant to write a review of it very early on since… Read more »Posted on April 27, 2009 by Ami
A Future for Bookstores?
Our San Francisco store opened in mid-November of last year right as retail sales around the country were cliff-diving. There are numerous reasons why our first store made a lot of sense, but the reality is that we moved into a mall-like complex beneath 4 of the largest office towers in the Financial District. Our… Read more »Posted on April 25, 2009 by Ami
World’s Most Expensive Suit
I’m not sure if this story makes me jealous or sick. Forbes.com has announced that the world’s most expensive suit was recently purchased by a "phantom" clotheshorse. The price? $100,000.00! Aspects of the story that made me jealous: Suit was made of "rare materials such as Vicuna wool, which can only be shorn once every… Read more »Posted on April 23, 2009 by Ami
Golf’s Forgotten Scandal
I’ve never really shared my love of stand-up comedy through this blog, probably because there are very few points at which luxury men’s goods and a bit that kills intersect. But every once in a while, they do, and I have concluded that it is my responsibility to share them since, in times like these,… Read more »Posted on April 19, 2009 by Ami
Audi & BMW Jump the Snark
Has anyone else noticed how popular the word "snark" is becoming? We have always tried to project a "tongue-in-cheek" attitude in the way we present ourselves to the outside world, and I think we always used "tongue-in-cheek" because it sounded more sophisticated than "sarcastic" or "smart ass". Sure enough, a quick report on Google Trends… Read more »Posted on April 18, 2009 by Ami
Cuba in the News
With the Obama Administration recently loosening travel restrictions to Cuba, the timing could not be better for the arrival of Ike Behar’s new Havana Collection. The Ike Behar story begins in pre-revolutionary Cuba where Ike, the youngest of three brothers, learned the fine art of custom-tailoring at the shop owned by his father, Samuel Behar…. Read more »Posted on April 18, 2009 by Ami
Gotta See It: Bills Khakis Workman Shirt
As with every Spring & Fall, Bills Khakis introduced some beautiful Limited Edition items: poplin pants in yellow, drawstring linen pants, gingham seersucker shirts, patchwork madras shorts, and yet another Vintage Denim shirt that they have done the last 3 seasons in a row. The item that has flown off the shelves in the store… Read more »Posted on April 5, 2009 by Ami
Now Open Sundays
Well, the website has been open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for almost 5 years now with just a few ugly exceptions (even Amazon & eBay have occasional outages so we’re in good company). With the opening of our store in downtown San Francisco, the issue of "hours… Read more »Posted on March 27, 2009 by Ami
Bills Khakis Trunk Show
I feel bad blogging about this since 95% of our customer base lives outside of the Greater Bay Area, but it is worth announcing our first in-store Bills Khakis Trunk Show on Friday, April 10th. Several folks from Bills Khakis will be here to show off Spring 2009 and to preview Fall 2009 for pre-orders…. Read more »Posted on March 23, 2009 by Ami
Gotta See It: Arlo Inlay
One of the primary tenets of our "Shop by Lifestyle" feature is that no gentleman is 100% any single lifestyle; we all have tendencies influenced by the other lifestyles. While I am pre-dominantly "Old School" with a "Wall Street" streak and a vicarious "Sportsman" disposition, it is safe to say that I have 0% "Rock… Read more »Posted on March 16, 2009 by Ami