It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets
Wingtip is offering 30% off select full-priced items. Included is all Barbour merchandise, such as the very popular Bedale and Beaufort waxed cotton jackets. With the discount, the Beaufort runs $279 and the Bedale is $265. Shipping is free.
Note, the Bedale is a slightly shorter coat, while the Beaufort is longer. Both run a bit big, however, so if you want something slim fitting or don’t plan to wear this over a sport coat, size down. You may also find that you’ll need the sleeves lengthened. I had this done at Orvis for something around $50-70, but you can also contact Barbour directly about it. 
To get the discount, use the checkout code TAKEACHANCE. It works on everything from Barbour, Bill’s Khakis, Peter Millar, Wingtip, Wolverine, Agave, Michael Toschi, and Moore & Giles. You can only use it on one item, however, and you need to only have one item in your cart (add a second item, or choose a quantity of two or more, and it will not work at all). 

It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets

Wingtip is offering 30% off select full-priced items. Included is all Barbour merchandise, such as the very popular Bedale and Beaufort waxed cotton jackets. With the discount, the Beaufort runs $279 and the Bedale is $265. Shipping is free.

Note, the Bedale is a slightly shorter coat, while the Beaufort is longer. Both run a bit big, however, so if you want something slim fitting or don’t plan to wear this over a sport coat, size down. You may also find that you’ll need the sleeves lengthened. I had this done at Orvis for something around $50-70, but you can also contact Barbour directly about it. 

To get the discount, use the checkout code TAKEACHANCE. It works on everything from Barbour, Bill’s Khakis, Peter Millar, Wingtip, Wolverine, Agave, Michael Toschi, and Moore & Giles. You can only use it on one item, however, and you need to only have one item in your cart (add a second item, or choose a quantity of two or more, and it will not work at all). 

It’s On Sale: Alfred Sargent Shoes

Every once in a while I come across a sale that’s frustrating because none of my size is available. Count the Alfred Sargent shoe sale at Wingtip as one of those experiences. They have captoe oxfords (in both brown and black), double-monks and brogued balmorals on sale right now at 50% off. For those of you with size 10.5D feet, perhaps we’ll have better luck next time.

-Kiyoshi

Wingtip’s blog interviewed me about pocket squares and the Gentlemen’s Association. You can read the results - including where we get our fabrics, why I love pocket squares and how I fold my square - here.

Our thanks to everyone who stopped by our sale at Wingtip in San Francisco on Boxing Day. My mother and I had a great time meeting dozens of PTO fans, and almost everyone went home with a pocket square (or two, or three, or four).

If you’re in the Bay Area, and you haven’t visited Wingtip, you owe yourself a trip. The building is the former Bank of Italy, right under the TransAmerica Pyramid. There’s one vault full of neckties and one full of mirrors for custom clothing… it’s a really gorgeous space. I even got a great haircut from the in-house barber, Joe Roberts, while I was there.

Besides the sales floor (which is huge), there’s two beautiful floors of private club upstairs where the bank’s executive offices used to be. There’s a cigar room and a Scotch bar and a wine cave and a boardroom… it’s a sight to see. The coolest part is that your club dues can be spent in the store. So it’s sort of half private club, half customer loyalty program.

Lots of folks have been emailing asking if they can get in on the action other than in-person. At the moment, the answer’s no - we can’t run a web business at sample sale prices. If you want to get in on the PTO pocket square action, join the Gentlemen’s Association.

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

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…

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…

Consider the Silk Scarf
If you’re wearing a wool coat this winter, consider pairing it with a silk scarf. Silk scarves aren’t as versatile as ones made from cashmere or lambswool, but they look amazing when worn with heavy dress coats. By that I mean things such as polo coats, Ulster coats, and Chesterfields – the kinds of things that you sometimes see labeled as “dress outerwear” in places such as Brooks Brothers. It’s just another way of saying outerwear that’s dressier than things such as parkas and leather bomber jackets.
A silk scarf can really soften up the look of a heavy wool coat. See Noel Coward above or Gordon Gekko in this scene from the movie Wall Street. In both cases, their scarves in lend a nice sheen to an otherwise matte ensemble. It’s not unlike how we use silk ties and polished shoes to counterbalance the flatness of a wool sport coat or woolen trousers. As I wrote earlier this year, I believe a lot of what it means to dress well is learning how to strike a balance between different elements of what you’re wearing (patterns, texture, hardness/ softness, sheen/ flatness, etc). Light silk scarves do that well with heavy wool coats, so long as the coat is as dressy as the scarf.
There are a few places to buy a silk scarf. My favorite is Drake’s, who sells them in a few different designs. I have two of their reversible dotted tubular scarves – one in navy and one in brown – which kind of look like this, but without the fringed ends. A navy dotted silk scarf is arguably the most versatile version you can buy, though I like my brown one for when I wear navy coats. The difference in color helps distinguish it from the rest of what I’m wearing.
You can also pick some up from traditional men’s haberdashers, such as Ben Silver, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Paul Stuart, and A Suitable Wardrobe. Additionally, San Francisco’s Wingtip stocks Edward Armah silk scarves, as well as a few under their own house label. You can also buy Edward Armah’s scarves directly from Edward Armah themselves.
Admittedly, all those are quite expensive. You could wait for them to go on sale, but they’ll still be on the pricey side. Alternatively, KJ Beckett sells silk scarves by Michelsons of London (also available through the manufacturer themselves), but I have no first hand experience with their products, so I can’t speak about their quality. You can also try eBay. This seller, for example, regularly stocks them, but his/ her scarves are often short and narrow. That’ll limit how you can wear the scarf. You may be able to get away with wearing it like a muffler underneath your buttoned up coat, but it may look silly if you try anything else. Better if you can get something 64” or longer, but those will typically cost you considerably more. 

Consider the Silk Scarf

If you’re wearing a wool coat this winter, consider pairing it with a silk scarf. Silk scarves aren’t as versatile as ones made from cashmere or lambswool, but they look amazing when worn with heavy dress coats. By that I mean things such as polo coats, Ulster coats, and Chesterfields – the kinds of things that you sometimes see labeled as “dress outerwear” in places such as Brooks Brothers. It’s just another way of saying outerwear that’s dressier than things such as parkas and leather bomber jackets.

A silk scarf can really soften up the look of a heavy wool coat. See Noel Coward above or Gordon Gekko in this scene from the movie Wall Street. In both cases, their scarves in lend a nice sheen to an otherwise matte ensemble. It’s not unlike how we use silk ties and polished shoes to counterbalance the flatness of a wool sport coat or woolen trousers. As I wrote earlier this year, I believe a lot of what it means to dress well is learning how to strike a balance between different elements of what you’re wearing (patterns, texture, hardness/ softness, sheen/ flatness, etc). Light silk scarves do that well with heavy wool coats, so long as the coat is as dressy as the scarf.

There are a few places to buy a silk scarf. My favorite is Drake’s, who sells them in a few different designs. I have two of their reversible dotted tubular scarves – one in navy and one in brown – which kind of look like this, but without the fringed ends. A navy dotted silk scarf is arguably the most versatile version you can buy, though I like my brown one for when I wear navy coats. The difference in color helps distinguish it from the rest of what I’m wearing.

You can also pick some up from traditional men’s haberdashers, such as Ben Silver, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Paul Stuart, and A Suitable Wardrobe. Additionally, San Francisco’s Wingtip stocks Edward Armah silk scarves, as well as a few under their own house label. You can also buy Edward Armah’s scarves directly from Edward Armah themselves.

Admittedly, all those are quite expensive. You could wait for them to go on sale, but they’ll still be on the pricey side. Alternatively, KJ Beckett sells silk scarves by Michelsons of London (also available through the manufacturer themselves), but I have no first hand experience with their products, so I can’t speak about their quality. You can also try eBay. This seller, for example, regularly stocks them, but his/ her scarves are often short and narrow. That’ll limit how you can wear the scarf. You may be able to get away with wearing it like a muffler underneath your buttoned up coat, but it may look silly if you try anything else. Better if you can get something 64” or longer, but those will typically cost you considerably more.