There’s something in the air today. Smells like spring. Fresh cut grass, white ash, and worn leather. Baseball season is here.
And we have the authentic, accessories for all spectators and man cave denizens. Tokens & Icons is our go-to source for nostalgic fan favorites, like Baseball bat bottle openers, MLB game-used baseball cufflinks, SF Giants World Series game-used cufflinks (pictured at left), and cufflinks made from seats of stadiums of yesteryear–coliseums where the greats used to swing redwood trunks and smash 1000-mph fastballs into the next county–places like Seals Stadium (pictured above), the Polo Grounds, and the original Yankees Stadium.
See all of Tokens & Icons’ MLB accessories here.
Whether its St. Patrick’s Day, or any other day that requires a quick pop of color, Stolen Riches laces are a fun and stylish way to mix it up. Seen here in pinch-deflecting Niklaus Green (above-right) and Moville Green (above left), Stolen Riches offers a shade of every color on the visible spectrum.
We’ll probably watch the Super Bowl on Sunday–you know, for the wings and the commercials. But seriously, we’ve had our dreams dashed by the nation’s most ignominious birds these past three years (by the Ravens in Super Bowl 47; by the Sea Pigeons in last year’s NFC championship; and by the Sea Pigeons, who put the final nail in the coffin of a bad year on December 14, 2014.) Between those sullen affairs and watching this year’s Niners flail around in a cesspool of locker room conflict that culminated in the firing of Coach Harbaugh, we’re feeling more deflated than a New England football.
Oh well, next year we’re bringing it all back home. Superbowl 50 (aka L) is slated for 2/7/16 in Santa Clara, and we intend to have a little skin in the game next year. Plus the sliver lining–we won’t be led by a guy who buys pleated parachute khakis at Walmart. Until then, a couple of accoutrements to weather the off-season:
San Francisco 49ers Cufflinks $60
Bills Khakis Football Leather Belt $85
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.
Moore & Giles has put out a video about one of our favorite leathers, Brompton. After you take a look at the video, you might want to check out some of our favorite Brompton leather pieces, including the Benedict Weekend Bag and the sleek License Wallet.
A scourge is cluttering our closets, wasting space in the trunks of our cars, and overfilling our kitchen drawers. It’s a menace to society known as… The Wingtip Tote.
Don’t get us wrong, we love our totes! They’re durable, 100% cotton, and when used frequently, they’re environmentally friendly. But often, our unused totes are simply discarded to your laundry room, where they lower the property value on your house, and accelerate global warming.
From now through June 30th, Wingtip is offering to buy back your surplus Wingtip Tote Bags* so that we can reuse them in our store.
For every bag you return, we will add 30 points ($3) to your account!
Let’s do our part to keep those totes off the street. (Unless, of course, they’re being used responsibly.)
*Clean, ready-to-be-used Totes only, please.
2. Farmer’s market groceries.
3. Gym clothes or swim trunks.
4. Dropping off shoes at the cobbler.
5. Makeshift knife roll.
6. Dry cleaning bag.
7. Shoe polish kit.
8. Library books.
9. Light carry-on.
The Wingtip canvas tote is now available for just $5 (or free with most in-store purchases).
Bass giant Ron Carter visits Yoshi’s in Oakland this Wednesday and Thursday. Carter’s influence has spanned generations–he’s likely the only musician to have worked with both Miles Davis and A Tribe Called Quest–and throughout his career, he’s maintained the wardrobe of a stylish iconoclast. Although his bass is his foremost “accessory,” Carter has found experimented with detailed flourishes throughout his career. Here are a half-dozen examples:
One of his frequent accessories was the pipe, giving him a relaxed elegance while he played–and also mimicking the curve and material of his wooden-bodied instrument. We picked ours up from Dunhill. (
$1056 Currently 50% Off )
The name of this 1995 record says it all. Here’s a Risk/Reward Sale option from Wingtip. (
$125 Currently 58.75 )
The bracelet on his right hand draws attention to his nimble finger work. Here’s a sleek, braided option from Jan Leslie. ($180)
The lapel slot is an underused option for making a statement. We can’t quite see what Carter has plugged into his, but we’ve been big fans of Edward Armah’s fabric floral boutonnieres this Spring. There are still a few left at a deep Risk/Reward discount. (
$30 Currently $14.10)
Not afraid to take risks, Carter went through some out-there looks in the late 60s and early 70s. Sure, it’s it’s easy to feel secure when you have keyboardist Herbie Hancock and drummer Billy Cobham anchoring your music, like Carter had on this set, but try dressing up your collared shirt with a scarf or with an ascot–just to get out of your comfort zone. Wingtip ascots ($195)
For the formalist, the tuxedo shirt stud set is the piece de resistance–now just practice, practice, practice, and get yourself a gig that warrants it. Jan Leslie studs and cufflinks. ($450)
Like all skills, tying a bow-tie takes practice. But we’ve all learned how to tie things. You learned how to tie your shoes, right? Unless you’re in velcro wingtips (shudder), that’s probably going well for you. How about the neck tie? You’ve probably got at least a couple techniques for tying that knot by now. Some of you might even know a slew of fishing knots.
Personally, I do not. But I have taken some time to work on the bow tie.
True story: this past spring I tied my four groomsmen’s bow-ties, two while en route to my wedding. I just couldn’t teach the guys in the few minutes we had to get ready.
But there’s another bow-tie aficionado, who also happens to be an educator, that can help. You may already know him. His name is Bill Nye the Science Guy. And in this video on YouTube’s Nerdist Channel, he takes you through tying the bow tie with the same pizzazz he used to bring to helium.
If you’re ready to try it yourself, we just got a bunch of Wingtip bow ties in stock (so fresh, they are not on the website yet). There is a multitude of colors and patterns (e.g. cross bones). Or, for something more advanced, check out the Edward Armah reversible bow ties (there are a few on sale at the moment).
San Francisco’s Olympic Club hosts the US Open this week, and if history is any indication, it’s going to be an unpredictable and extremely difficult course for the contestants. Forbes magazine notes, “The U.S. Open has been contested at The Olympic Club 4 times previously (1955, 1966, 1987, 1998), and only 4 golfers total across those 4 tournaments finished the tournament below par.”
So if you’re headed to down to spectate, here are a handful of accessories that will keep you looking smooth while the course is looking rough. (And, for anyone playing their own round this weekend, check out the Mulholland gear.)
Davek Golf Umbrella — $129
Tokens & Icons Golf Ball Cufflinks — $150