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.
Gift of the Day: A Platform
Today’s gift for "the guy who has everything" doesn’t recommend any single, specific gift but rather a "platform" for future gifts. If a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, then the path to matching luggage starts with a small duffel. While most men do bare-minimum accessorization (watch, belt, cell phone), 30% of… Read more »Posted on December 16, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Of-the-Month Clubs
The industry jargon for them is "continuity programs", but to most people, they’re known as some form of "_____-of-the-Month" clubs. Continuity programs make a great gift because the recipient is reminded of your gift over and over. Today, On The Fly offers three different continuity programs with more to come in the future. Since we… Read more »Posted on December 14, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Desktop Lighters
We have covered several different guidelines for shopping for "the guy who has everything". Today’s idea incorporates a couple of those rules, and introduces a new one. Gift him something he wouldn’t buy himself. Gift for his hobbies or passions. And a new suggestion is: Gift him the impractical version of the practical something he… Read more »Posted on December 13, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Shaving Tools
How much do you want to bet that "the guy who has everything" does not have a Sterling Silver Razor Set? Does he really need a $2K+ razor set? That’s beside the point — the premise is that even the guy who has everything doesn’t really have everything. More broadly, one rule of thumb Within… Read more »Posted on December 11, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Golf Shirt
Back on May 22nd, right before Father’s Day, I wrote that Golf Shirts are the new Necktie. That may have been considered blasphemy so close to the holiday most associated with the necktie. I didn’t cite any facts, but my gut told me there was a great deal of truthiness behind my assertion. Wouldn’t you… Read more »Posted on December 10, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Money Management
Buying a gentleman a wallet is one of the riskiest undertakings a gift-giver can attempt. They (we) tend to be extremely particular about how they carry around their money, and that is one of the reasons we offer so many different types of billfolds, breast pocket wallets, ID wallets, money clips, and credit card cases… Read more »Posted on December 9, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Cufflinks
About 10 years ago, I was told by an old, wise man or woman that a true gentleman does not buy his own cufflinks; he is gifted them. It made sense. I would argue that after a nice necktie or watch, a beautiful pair of cufflinks are complimented by a stranger more often than anything… Read more »Posted on December 8, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Wine Aroma Kits
Before I expound on the greatness of this gift, let me start by saying last Christmas, I was a cynic. We sold a lot of wine aroma kits, but I thought they were kitschy. The idea was cool, but the execution seemed inauthentic. If you’ve seen the movie French Kiss (which I was forced to… Read more »Posted on December 7, 2008 by Ami
Gift of the Day: Cashmere Socks
Evidently, there is a holiday coming up which I have missed amidst the news of the meltdown of our financial system and the brewing nuclear war between India & Pakistan. So what better way to bring cheer than to spend the next 18 days talking about my favorite gifts, and why I like them. Let… Read more »Posted on December 6, 2008 by Ami
Official Haberdasher of Somali Pirates
The Skull & Crossbones motif has been very hot the past few years. So hot, in fact, that I was hoping it had finally jumped the shark. I’m sure some of you will say it already had, which it did; but, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still sell, which, to a retailer, means it hasn’t… Read more »Posted on November 28, 2008 by Ami