One of our favorite grooming products makes its long-awaited return.

Baxter Of California’s new formulation of their Under Eye Complex is “infused with caffeine, antioxidant vitamins, and seaweed extract to re-energize skin while fighting wrinkles and improving skin texture.”

It’s the key to combating a long day after a hard night.

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For many, it was a sad day when we stopped carrying Truefitt & Hill grooming products. At long last, we have good news for you:

St. James of London makes their shaving sundries in the same factory and with the same formula as Truefitt & Hill; just in different scents.

PLUS: We’d like to offer you your first St. James order at a 20% discount for giving it a try. Just use code THANKSTJAMES and the discount will show up in your shopping cart.)

ABOUT ST. JAMES OF LONDON

St. James of London was introduced by world-renowned grooming product magnates Creightons PLC in 1953. The year saw the rise of a new Elizabethan era, and the emergence of a new breed of English gentleman, who was a dashing, jet-setting adventurer with impeccable grooming habits. St. James continues this tradition of refined English style today. St. James of London’s products are 100% natural, and sulfite-, alcohol-, and paraben- free. They are produced in the UK.

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A Dunhill buying trip has forced me to visit London for the first time since 2001. Landed around 10:30am. Arrived in central London around 12:30. Grabbed a quick bite, and started heading toward Bond Street and Jermyn Street.

First stop was the barbershop of Geo F. Trumper at 1 Duke of York Street. Now, I love Wingtip’s Master Barber, Joe Roberts, but I wanted to do some research, so I let my hair grow an extra 4 days to wait for Trumper. The retail area is beautiful, so well stocked with their grooming products and other accessories. I was able to walk-in and get a spot with just a 15 minute wait, but it seemed all four barbers were busy all day long. I was offered a glass of water while I waited, although it sounded like occasionally they offer whisky (Joe, Wingtip’s barber, always has bourbon and scotch at the ready, and sadly, probably doesn’t have just water at the ready). The haircut was fine. The shampoo was a little odd in that, rather than have me lean back in a chair over the sink, they had me lean forward, face down, which made for the most awkward shampoo I’ve ever received. And surprisingly, while cleaning up the back of my neck, the barber used a straight razor but no shave cream. At the end of the day, the cut was great and that’s most important. Oh, and it cost £36 which is like $500 American dollars, so there’s that.

A quick walk around the corner got me to the Turnbull & Asser store at 71-72 Jermyn Street, which happens to be on sale right now (like most men’s stores, including Wingtip!). I managed to escape with just a single dress shirt and a photo of Winston Churchill in his green velvet “Siren Suit” (a lounge/smoking robe). Their selection of cashmere dress socks is pretty impressive; definitely something for Wingtip to strive for.

Davidoff London Store Anniversary Cigar Then it was another block to Edward Sahakian’s Davidoff store on the corner of Jermyn & St. James. Last time I was in the store, over 10 years ago, I bought a pre-embargo Cuban Davidoff. To the uninitiated, Davidoff left the island in 1989, so there has not been a Cuban Davidoff produced in almost 25 years. On my first visit to London back in 2001, I think I paid £10o for the single cigar which is like $10,000 in today’s money (okay, maybe not that expensive, but it is one of the most expensive cigars I have ever bought but they are exceedingly rare and getting more expensive by the day). The price of that cigar has doubled in the decade since my last visit.

This trip, I opted for the one Davidoff that they have that Wingtip doesn’t have: a special 25th Anniversary cigar that was blended especially for the London store. That cigar was introduced back in 2005 so it’s aged another 9 years since then, and you could tell by the medium gray ash. A very nice smoke that I got to enjoy sitting next to Edward Sahakian who is a bit of a legend in the cigar world. After telling him about our humble cigar shop in San Francisco, he packed me up 3 more of the special Davidoff for London cigars at no charge, which of course then obliged me to go back in the humidor and buy more cigars. He is a true gentleman.

Not a bad first day considering the jet lag. More adventures tomorrow…

London Dispatch: Day 2

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Baxter of California at WingtipLast month, we bragged about the Largest Ascot Library in the Free World; this month, we are proud to announce that we are pretty sure that we have the largest Baxter of California Hair Pomade bar on the 500 block of Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

If you haven’t yet heard, Baxter of California is an exciting new addition to our Grooming department at Wingtip. While they make a shave cream, a moisturizer or two, a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc., it seems that the hair on your head is their obsession.

While some grooming brands make a pomade, Baxter makes five: a Pomade Cream (light hold, soft finish), Pomade Slick (medium hold, shiny finish), Pomade Clay (light hold, shiny finish), Pomade Hard Water (firm hold, shiny finish), and Pomade Soft Water (light hold, shiny finish). Let’s face it: that’s a lot of different pomades. And which one is right for you? The wrong decision will cost you $18 and weeks, if not months, of using a sub-optimal pomade. The horror!

Members of the Club at Wingtip can visit any of the men’s restrooms and find the full assortment of Baxter of California pomades to try before they buy. A member visiting every weekday can know in just one week exactly which pomade is best for them. A member that visits the gym in the middle of the day could come to the club in the morning, try a pomade, go to work, then go to their gym, workout, shower, come back and try a different pomade, and he/she would know in just 2.5 days which pomade is best for them. And someone that feels no shame in tying up our restroom could apply a different pomade to five different zones on their head, compare the results in the mirror, and in one visit, we would know that we never want to see that person in the club again.

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truefitt-hill-5x7The recent news that our Truefitt & Hill distributor will no longer be carrying our favorite shaving cream brand had us thrashing through our medicine cabinets taking inventory.

We were loyal to Truefitt & Hill, and happily shared their products with discerning gentlemen for eight years.

We are sad to see them go, but it’s time to clear out their shelves to make way for a new brand or two (keep an eye out for promotions for them when the time comes). In the meantime, if you’re wondering, Why should I purchase a discontinued brand that’s not on sale? Here are a few reasons:

  • We still marvel at Truefitt &
    Hill’s products, and aren’t discontinuing them by choice.
  • You still get 10% of your purchase
    back in the form of Wingtip Rewards Points.
  • Free shipping over $50.
  • Price Match guarantee — href="mailto:service@wingtip.com">Email
    us if you can find T&H cheaper elsewhere.
  • Stock up while you still can. We
    are.

See the remaining Truefitt & Hill inventory here.

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You really can find just about anything you need on eBay. Sometimes we snag vintage threads or artwork. This week we bought a barber’s chair and a wastebasket.

The barber’s chair is a beauty: A two-piece (chair and footrest) by the Samuel Kline Co. that dates back to 1909. The chair is upholstered in tufted, black glove leather, and the white marble arms and headrest are original. You can imagine how amazing it would look in a space filled with white marble.

The wastebasket is also from the early 1900’s produced by famed barber chair manufacturer Koken. It’s seen better days, but then again, it holds trash like it’s brand new!

Where should we put them…

 

 

 

 

 

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The bathroom can be a dark, slippery, dangerous place, so it’s high time you switch out your glass fixtures for something a little more masculine–like pewter. Pewter has been serving as a durable material since 3000 BC, and the products made by Match Pewter are the Gold–ahem, Pewter–Standard.

Here are three essentials, and three more add-ons.

Dolomoti Toothbrush Cup — $85
Dolomoti Soap Dispenser — $190
Dolomoti Wastebasket — $595
Classic Vanity Mirror (high) — $430
Classic Tissue Box (square) — $250
Classic Footed Guet Towel Tray — $240

 

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I can’t believe this isn’t coming to San Francisco!

From America’s greatest beardsman, to Morgan Spurlock’s own mustache, Executive Producers Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman bring us a hilarious look at men’s identity in the 21st century. Models, actors, experts and comedians weigh in on what it is to be a man in a world where the definition of masculinity has become as diverse as a hipster’s facial hair in Williamsburg. The hilarious follicles of men’s idiosyncratic grooming habits are thoroughly combed over as men finally take a long hard look in the mirror.

Mansome will hit select theaters on May 18th, 2012 in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Hollywood, Houston, Irvine, Pasadena, Minneapolis, New York, and Philadelphia.

I may be heading down to Pasadena just to see it…

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H.P. Truefitt TubHow do you know when your favorite maker of men’s grooming products has an authentically rich history? When you see that one of their wares was on the Titanic — which sank exactly a hundred years ago — and is now up for auction. (Click the photo to see a larger version of the infamous “H.P. Truefitt tub.”)

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Maybelline for Men"It’s man make-up for men only. It says so on the box." 

That is the punchline of the Saturday Night Live commercial for "Maybelline for Men" — a make-up for men — that aired last night, hosted by Brian Williams (yes, the Nightly News anchor, and by the way, he did a great job). Thanks to the Internets, you can already watch the commercial online. Once the player loads (and it may not load for Firefox users), choose the Brian Williams episode, first chapter for the commercial.

Why did this commercial hit so close to home? Apart from my own habit of over-applying mascara and rouge, it struck a nerve because it was so dead-on. As the big health & beauty companies began to notice more men taking an interest in properly caring for themselves, they could not slap a "For Men" label on their boxes fast enough. Had the products changed? Probably not. But in America, it’s rarely the substance so much as the packaging [we're talking to you too, Bottled Water].

I am no scientist, or dermatologist, or paleontologist, so I can’t list specific ingredients in the grooming products we sell that make them different or better. But I do know this: just like men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so are their skins. I’ll let you ponder that for a moment. Profound, indeed. So for our dollar, we’ll stick with Truefitt & Hill who has been "Grooming Men for Greatness" since 1805, Anthony Logistics with the most comprehensive line of products formulated for men, Moxie For Men (it says so on the box!), and The Art of Shaving, whom, until very recently, focused exclusively on men (we’ll forgive their transgression into shave cream for women for now). We respect and admire their focus on the men’s market even before it became a bandwagon for bigger brands to jump on, resulting in a compliment of the highest form: an SNL parody.

Staying up past midnight was a treat. Now it’s back to solving gentlemanly problems for gentlemen only…it says so in our tag line.

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