Former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. shows Sacramento how it’s done, circa 1975.
If you’re in the Bay Area for the holidays, stop by Wingtip the day after Christmas, say hi to me and my mom (yes, my mom is helping) and pick up a little holiday gift for yourself at our special sale. We’ll be offering hand-made squares at significant discounts, and Wingtip will be kicking off their annual “Risk/Reward” sale. No guarantee that Willie Mays will show up to play stickball, but we’ll see what we can do…
Put This On in San Francisco: December 26th
Most years, the day after Christmas my mom and I head to San Francisco’s downtown to do a little shopping. This year, we thought we’d try something different: a little selling.
I enjoyed meeting folks at the PTO Sale in Los Angeles so much, that I’m packing my box of hand-made pocket squares and coming to SF. We’ll be at Wingtip in the financial district from noon to six the day after Christmas, with very very special discounts on PTO pocket squares (and on the merchandise at Wingtip). Stop by, say hi, and get yourself something nice.
(Above: special invited guest of honor Emperor Norton.)
Wonderful news for San Franciscans that the Mitchell family is keeping Wilkes in tip-top shape. Or at least those San Franciscans who can afford to shop at Wilkes…
WILKES BASHFORD - Seven floors and $14 MM later in renovations, Wilkes Bashford held their reopening party last night to celebrate the remodeling of the San Francisco store. Reaching into the window display is Tyler Mitchell, one of the Mitchell family that owns Wilkes Bashford, Mitchell’s, Richard’s and Marshs.
See Jesse in San Francisco!
As many of you know, I’m not just a menswear blogger. I’m also a comedy podcaster. In fact, it’s the menswear blogging that’s my sideline.
This weekend in San Francisco, I’ll be bringing live versions of my shows Jordan, Jesse, Go! and International Waters to the San Francisco Comedy & Burrito Festival. I’m a native of San Francisco’s Mission District, where the shows will be going down, so I couldn’t be more excited to participate in the festival. Needless to say: I have strong opinions about burritos.
Friday night, it’ll be JJGo, a vulgar goof-offstravaganza. Special guests will be Scott Simpson and Merlin Mann of the smash podcast You Look Nice Today. (Fun fact: it was through Scott and Merlin that I met PTO co-creator Adam Lisagor.)
Saturday night, it’ll be International Waters. IW is a pop culture comedy quiz show that will once and for all settle the question: who’s better, Southern California or Northern California? As a resident of Los Angeles and native of San Francisco, I’ll be the neutral host. Repping NorCal will be James Reichmuth of Kasper Hauser and standup comic Natasha Muse. Repping SoCal will be Barbara Grey and Jordan Morris.
If you miss this, you will feel like a real so-and-so. That I promise you.
Tickets are only $7, but the venue’s small, so buy yours now.
SF Gate has a nice article on Cable Car Clothiers. I live in Oakland, which is just east of San Francisco, and but whenever I’m in the city and within a five block radius of Cable Car Clothiers, I make a point to stop by. Admittedly, I’ve only bought one thing from them (a small horn comb), but only because I’m not able to afford most of what they sell. It’s a beautiful shop to check out, however, especially if you appreciate classic American style. I look forward to seeing their new location.
"Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile?
Isn’t it a nobby one, and just the proper style?
I should like to have one; Just the same as that!
Where’er I go, they shout ‘Hello! Where did you get that hat?’”
- Lyrics to "Where Did You Get That Hat?"
(Pictured: Mayor Willie Brown, who always looks great in a hat)
A few more photos from the StyleForum 10th Anniversary - including me with the fine gentlemen from On the Fly and The Hanger Project, and our friend Gianluca Migliarotti (the producer of our upcoming Milan episodes and director of O’Mast), and one of me with my mom. (Hi, mom!)
The group shot is the rare group photograph in which I appear to be under-dressed.
When I was in San Francisco the other day, I was riding the BART train to my mom’s house. Somewhere around the 16th & Mission statement, this couple started looking at me.
"Why are these people mad dogging me?" I thought. I was tempted to get up in their face, but instead, I tried to avoid eye contact. 18 years as a City kid taught me to avoid those kinds of confrontations unless absolutely necessary.
We got to my mom’s stop, 24th Street, and it turned out to be their stop, too.
I was behind them, and I noticed the woman was carrying an Archival Clothing musette.
"Oh." I thought, a little embarassed. "They were probably just wondering if I was the Put This On guy." The demographic to whom I am a public figure is narrow, but it definitely includes people carrying Archival Clothing bags. Felt kinda bad about that.
Our pals at Archival Clothing make beautiful, high-quality bags and clothes in simple, utilitarian designs. They’re a little expensive, but only because they’re made right, not because they’re taking a crazy designer mark-up. They’re having an odds-and-ends sale to ease their move into a new space, so if you’re in Oregon, you should definitely stop by May 18th. It’s at 445 Lincoln Street in Eugene, and will run from noon to seven. You might score a great deal. Or accidentally pick a fight.