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Extras Style: Tim Burton Takes North Beach Back to the 60s

Yesterday, SFist tipped everyone off about Tim Burton filming Walter Keane bio-pic “Big Eyes” in North Beach, near the intersection of Grant and Green. While yesterday’s shoot reportedly was set in the late-50s, today they were shooting for the mid-60s, as evidenced by the VWs, Continentals, and blend of funky and Jackie O-type costumes.

Here are a handful of shots, mostly of the actors and the fabulous cars. Scroll clear down for a few shots of Burton, including one with leading man Christoph Waltz. (His lead lady, Amy Adams, may have been sitting near him inside the Cafe Trieste where they were filming. Oh, and, apologies, but the photo of Helena Bonham Carter photo-bombing Burton and a background actor didn’t really turn out.)

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

Tim Burton films 'Big Eyes' in San Francisco's North Beach

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Barbour’s Steve McQueen Collection Now Over 40% Off at the Risk / Reward Sale

Barbour’s Steve McQueen Collection is now over 40% Off as part of our twice-yearly Risk / Reward Sale. Here’s a little story about why McQueen’s still relevant, even still controversial, though he no longer walks–or rides–among us.

Flagstaff City Coconino County Public Library — Spring 2013

An adult section snooper thumbs through Darwin Porter’s biography, “Steve McQueen King Of Cool: Tales of a Lurid Life,” and is immediately scarred for life by the coolness, demanding the book be banned.

An ensuing inquest by the library’s board, (excerpted above) decides otherwise. Library Director Heidi Holland comments on the case: “They were surprised that someone would want a biography taken off the shelves; and Steve McQueen being such a celebrity made [the book] all the more valuable.”

Our take? Steve McQueen, long gone, is still causing a ruckus. And we’re not the only ones who like that. Check out Barbour’s continuing homage to the sportiest rebel H-Wood ever knew. (Now over 40% Off!)

    Re: Steve McQueen

  • Best known (around these parts anyway) for tearing around San Francisco in a fastback Mustang in the 1968 actioner “Bullitt.”
  • Lost the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring Race to Mario Andretti, by 23 seconds.
  • Had to choose: Race in the Le Mans? Or make “Le Mans” the movie?
  • Oscar noms: 1 (1966’s “The Sand Pebbles.” We haven’t seen it either. We put it at the top of our Netflix queue.)

Two Cannes Looks: Gatsby Fabrics and Jewel Thieves


Earlier this, week Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby” opened up the 2013 Cannes film festival. We were very excited to hear that Dormeuil worked with “Gatsby” producer Catherine Martin to provide the fabric for many of the film’s Roaring 20s-style men’s suits. Although the famed and film-used Sportex (unveiled in 1922–the same year that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book takes place) is now retired, three fabrics that were in the film are currently available through Bespoke:

From left to right: Fabric #885070, from the Naturals book, is a deep navy in a summer blend of 55% cotton, 25% linen, and 20% silk; #316259, a Royal 12 Classic, is a fancy stripe in 370g 100% wool; and #307300, from the Amadeus book, is a classic, plain black, which was selected for Gatsby’s high-sheen tuxedo.

The official word is that the first two fabrics were also worn by lead players, but we’re not sure just who wore them. In fact, we’ll take 20% off a Dormeuil-cloth suit for the first person who can conclusively identify those fabrics–885070 and 316259–in the film. Which actor/character wore them? And in what scene? (Email your sleuthing to bespoke@wingtip.com)


It’s not all Champagne and red carpets on the Croisette. It was reported late last night that a million bucks worth of CHopard jewels had been stolen out of a Suite Novotel Cannes Centre hotel room. The thief had drilled through a hotel wall and absconded with the safe intact (Details via the Hollywood Reporter).

So, if cat burglary is your bag, we recommend leaving the suit at home and going with this classic, time-tested get-up (in cashmere):

Both the Wingtip Gentleman’s basic turtleneck and the ribbed beanie are created by Scotland’s Johnstons of Elgin.

Alfie Michael Caine Dormeuil Tonik

Thursday: Dormeuil Trunk Show

In 1963, a few years before Michael Caine gave the name Alfie a face, novelist Bill Naughton had to dress the titular playboy of his novel “Alfie” in a believable way, and he knew just which fabric to choose:

“I was wearing a navy-blue suit,” recalls Alfie in the novel, “in a material called Tonik, made by Dormeuil, and I didn’t want it spoiling. I don’t care whether a bird uses Max Factor Mattfilm or Outdoor Girl from Woolworth’s, if she starts purring up against your lapel, it won’t look the better for it.”

Tonik was–and is–the fabric of choice for mods, jazz cats, and guys on-the-go who need a crisp looking suit that will drape nicely even after a 12-hour flight.

And Thursday, from 12pm to 7pm, in Bespoke, Luke Mayes and Dan Stevenson of Dormeuil are in house with their incredible collection of cloths, ready to suit any demanding occasion that your inner-Alfie can think of.

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More Bond 50th Anniversary Coverage

James Bond Car 1James Bond Car 2In 1962, James Bond made his first big screen appearance with Dr. No. Bond had made his novel debut with Casino Royale in 1953, and his little-screen debut with a Casino Royale adaptation the following year, but Dr. No launched the character  into the pop culture lexicon. In the 50 years since, Bond has become synonymous with cool–clothes, gadgets, drinks, femmes fatale, and cars.

We mentioned that a Bond fashion exhibit opened at London’s Barbican Museum (Two new featurettes on that exhibit are here and here), and now we bring more news of Bond’s Golden Jubilee, courtesy of MSNBC:

The 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film is being celebrated with two special exhibits, one with costumes, props and gadgets from the entire series of films, the other with more than 50 vehicles driven in them.

Bond in Motion,’ is on display through December 31 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, 70 miles southwest of London. The largest exhibit of its kind ever staged, it features everything from cars, boats and motorbikes to sleds and jets.

The oldest vehicle is a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, driven by the villain Goldfinger in the film of the same name; its license plate, AU1, is the symbol for gold in the periodic table.

The newest vehicle, whose identity is currently under wraps, will go on display July 13; this comes from Skyfall.

Also on display is a BMW 750iL, driven by Pierce Brosnan remotely, via cell phone, in a car park chase scene in Tomorrow Never Dies. Visitors also can watch behind-the-scenes film footage showing how vehicle stunts were created.” read the rest

Sean Connery, Goldfinger, Golf

Top 10 Bond Looks

Sean Connery, Goldfinger, Golf

On July 6th, London’s Barbican Museum opens the show “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style.” The show will “explore the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.”

To celebrate the opening, The Guardian selected their 10 favorite Bond looks. At left, Sean Connery in Goldfinger, wearing a “magnificent wine-coloured V-neck [with a] light grey long-sleeve polo underneath and grey straw trilby with white and red striped hat ribbon.”

See the rest of the Top 10 here. And if you happen to be London, don’t miss the show.


Steve McQueen Barbour

The Barbour Steve McQueen Collection

Steve McQueen BarbourActor and car and motorcycle racer Steve McQueen is the focus of the eponymous line of Barbour clothing. They chose Steve McQueen because he was a fan of their International Jacket (seen left).

You probably know something of his high-profile body of work–like Bullitt, The Getaway, and The Magnificent Seven, to name just a few–but we wanted to know a little bit more about the guy himself.

Unfortunately, it turns out McQueen was notoriously press-shy, but he did give this interview to a high school student in 1980, while on the set of The Hunter. That film turned out to be his last, as he died of pleural mesothelioma later that year.

KRAUS: What [can you tell us] about your background?

MCQUEEN: A lot of stuff I got into trouble for when I was a kid, people wouldn’t even blink at today. I got into trouble with robbery and booze, but not really drugs, because they weren’t considered bad at the time.

KRAUS: Does being famous disrupt your private life?

MCQUEEN: Yes, it does. The important thing is to have your identity, but never blow your obscurity. That’s the key to the kingdom, but the money makes me feel better.

KRAUS: You have not been in the public eye for the past few years, but even when you did make movies, you didn’t give any interviews. What was the reason for your silence?

MCQUEEN: For one thing, I don’t have anything to say. Also, I think the press is full of shit. But I do have a certain respect for youth, and that’s why I agreed to do this interview for your paper.

KRAUS: When was the last time you were interviewed?

MCQUEEN: How long is a decade? (Someone blurts out ten years.) Then it’s been ten years. I don’t even remember who interviewed me.

There’s more of the interview, as well as Kraus’s remembrance of the experience over at stvmcqueen.

Barbour Boston Shirt — $169

Barbour Desert Jacket — $799

Barbour Dust Jacket — $299

Barbour Crown T-Shirt — $59

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Baz Luhrman's Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby — Baz Luhrman’s 1920s roar the loudest yet

Baz Luhrman's Great GatsbyThe first trailer for Christmas 2012’s hotly-anticipated The Great Gatsby is everything you could hope for in a Baz Luhrman-directed adaptation: Raucous flapper-fringed parties, flashy cars, and immaculate tailoring–all bathed in hues of absinthe and champagne.

In Luhrman’s update on the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, Leonardo DiCaprio takes on Gatsby, and is supported by Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan). This is the third film adaptation of the book, and fans and critics have been sharpening their pitchforks since the project was announced–the inclusion of a Jay-Z/Kanye West track (“No Church in the Wild”) in the trailer has some howling.

“Gatsby: A Disney Show on Ice,” needles Ruhle65 at New York Mag. “Easily worst trailer ever made,” grumbles mikeyflatley on an IMDB thread. But we’re more in camp with Esquire, who predict, “The New Gatsby Will Be the Most Stylish Movie Ever,” and the LA Times, who herald, “Jazz Age excess with a hip-hop flourish.”

The movie will surely divide viewers into eager cinemaphiles and righteously angry bookworms. But really, you’ve read the book already, haven’t you? Learn to stop worrying, and love the 3-D glasses!

Take a look at the trailer and linger over the designs in some screenshots we clipped.


Barbour freshens up the Breton T-shirt

Barbour-Atlantis-heritage-t-shirtLong before street fashion started wafting upward like tendrils of heat from summer concrete, the nautical workwear of fishermen bubbled up from the murky waters of Brittany into the haute world of Coco Chanel. Jean-Paul Sartre‘s coterie brought the tee to the streets of St. Germain, and Lee Marvin is credited as the first actor to brandish the stripe in a Hollywood movie. He did so in 1953’s The Wild One, and his stripes gave him an even harder edge than co-star Marlon Brando‘s famed white tee rolled up with a pack of cigarettes.

Barbour serves up their Atlantis Heritage T-shirt in two classic color schemes (white-on-navy and navy-on-white), and, as is more common on Breton-striped sweaters, lines the left shoulder with three buttons. Stylish but conventional, the Breton t-shirt is for outsiders as well as tongue-in-cheek insiders. And it always looks good near a body of water.

Here are five examples to aspire to, from left to right: Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Lee Marvin, James Dean, Cary Grant.


Barbour Atlantis Heritage T-Shirt — $89


Bill Murray goes mad for madras

bill-murray-madras-jacketYesterday we showed you how a sophisticated gent like Mad Men’s Pete Campbell does madras. Today we show you how Bill Murray does it. On the red carpet for the Cannes premiere of Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom, the comedian modeled a motley madras blazer–and he kept the look going with his shirt and, yes, pants.

Can there be such a thing as too much madras? You decide.

More pictures of Murray, as well as a dapper Wes Anderson and costars Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, and Tilda Swinton over at Buzzfeed.