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.
Wall Street lifestyle, R.I.P.
A few weeks back, the day after Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were granted emergency approval to become commercial banks, a private wealth manager & college fraternity brother said, "We’ve just witnessed the end of Wall Street as we know it." While I follow the financial markets closely, meltdown or not, I had not really… Read more »Posted on October 6, 2008 by Ami
Hlaska Opens First Store!
Last night, Hlaska, a hip leather accessories company based in San Francisco, opened the doors to their first store. On Fillmore Street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, the 2,000 square foot store showcases their entire line of Men’s and Women’s leather accessories, and a new line of men’s ties (soon to be on our site!)…. Read more »Posted on October 4, 2008 by Ami
A co-worker’s wife’s Professor friend sent us a link to a start-up in the men’s retail space called His Catalog by Project Einstein. If I’m reading their background correctly, it sounds like the idea came from a few students from MIT’s Sloan School who wrote up a business plan, and out of 190 submitted, was… Read more »Posted on September 29, 2008 by Ami
Best Mustang EVER!
Brad Johnson, Founder of Club DRIV, a luxury car club in San Francisco, pointed me to this amazing transformation of a Ford Mustang into a replica of the Aston Martin Vanquish in James Bond’s Die Another Day. It’s a Mustang…really! Read the brief write up here, or watch the video to see it in action…. Read more »Posted on September 25, 2008 by Ami
Tequila Snifters We Can Believe In
There’s nothing like 2 weeks of political conventions to trigger an insatiable thirst for tequila. Drinking games abound: take a shot every time Obama says the word "change" or every time McCain forces an awkward smile. Ten minutes into either speech, you’d be belligerently arguing for a "path to citizenship" for any illegal agave plants… Read more »Posted on September 9, 2008 by Ami
On The Fly is On The Move…
For 2 1/2 years, On The Fly has operated under-the-radar out of a 4,000 square foot warehouse in the SOMA district of San Francisco. The space is an homage to testosterone: it’s an old machinist shop with a 40-foot ceiling, two giant overhead cranes capable of moving naval ship engines, a fully-stocked bar, taxidermy that… Read more »Posted on September 3, 2008 by Ami
Neuroses of a Modern Gentleman II
While many companies call their best customers "Platinum", "Gold", or some other euphemism for "VIP", I have always believed that the biggest compliment you can give to a customer is to call them a "Regular" and get them what they want before they ask. It’s a great feeling walking into a favorite haunt, having the… Read more »Posted on August 28, 2008 by Ami
Newfangled Technology Got Me Moist
It’s been almost a year since Bills Khakis introduced their most expensive, most elegant, and most "technological" khaki: the Driving Twill. The pant was certainly elegant, but it had the added bonus of being both "wrinkle-resistant" and "stain-repellent". The problem with that claim is that I am (1) naturally cynical, and (2) not a scientist,… Read more »Posted on August 20, 2008 by Ami
“San Francisco Values”
Even before Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, the GOP attempted to scare the public about "San Francisco values". Of course, no one ever defined what those were, but the coded message was effectively satirized by Saturday Night Live. As someone that appreciates a prime steak, good wine, small-batch bourbon, golf, cigars, and all… Read more »Posted on August 19, 2008 by Ami
The Best $3,299 You’ll Ever Spend
It’s easy to make fun of John McCain for not using a computer, but as an "old soul" myself, I constantly find myself reluctant to embrace certain types of new technologies. I am an early adopter on many technologies — I had a Palm Pilot back in ’97, a TiVo in ’99, and I bought… Read more »Posted on August 10, 2008 by Ami