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Wingtip store in downtown San Francisco ... fully custom ? Made in USA ?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Spent a little time at Wingtip in SF last week ... I see that it is part of the styleforum meetup in February.

Any thoughts or general comments on what is going on downstairs ? They are offering fully custom suits in the $4 - $5 - $6k range, depending on fabric, which are made in the USA.

A lot of very high end service and details were laid out and it all sounds quite good, and at a reasonable price point for fully custom, but something about the whole operation gives me pause ... like it's almost too good to be true ?

Has anyone here been through their custom suit program ? It's too soon to talk about the new location and probably most of the current staff (?) but they've been operating in SF for quite a while...

Comments ?
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
Nobody ? I wil wait until after the meetup then, and ask again...

Have fun!
post #3 of 9
I would be suspicious. I've been to their shop at their prior location.
They seem to be offering a very wide range of merchandise at varying
price points, eg. Bill's Khakis to bespoke. its' also a club and a barbershop.
If you are really going for bespoke at $ 4-6k, the last place I would go
is an operation that is, in effect, trying to be all things to all people in
menswear. The closest true bespoke to the Bay Area is in LA, as far as I
know. And they make (and alter) clothes. They don't cut your hair and
sell you single malt scotch.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sleevehead/2816366981/

(from the Sleevehead blog)
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

I would be suspicious. I've been to their shop at their prior location.
They seem to be offering a very wide range of merchandise at varying
price points, eg. Bill's Khakis to bespoke. its' also a club and a barbershop.
If you are really going for bespoke at $ 4-6k, the last place I would go
is an operation that is, in effect, trying to be all things to all people in
menswear. The closest true bespoke to the Bay Area is in LA, as far as I
know. And they make (and alter) clothes. They don't cut your hair and
sell you single malt scotch.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sleevehead/2816366981/

(from the Sleevehead blog)

Right. That was my thought. I *want* it to be substantive, as I would, in fact, like a glass of scotch and walk through your hip store and some guy getting his hair cut and so on ... but that's the kind of thing that never actually works.
post #5 of 9

Napoli Su Misura do travel to SF if you fancy Neapolitan tailoring.  And Dieworkwear managed to get Steed to travel to SF if you love English drape tailoring.  And there's always W.W. Chan, which has been visiting SF very regularly.

post #6 of 9
This is from Sleevehead 9/1/08.
I have no experience with any of these.
I currently wear RTW. Used to wear MTM.
My bespoke experience was in Spain and South America
decades ago.

http://sleevehead.blogspot.com/

Los Angeles bespoke tailors: An updated list

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After a couple of years scouting this city for its tailoring gems, I'm ready to provide a more complete list of LA custom or bespoke tailors. There seem to be three categories of bench tailors in the city of angels:
Armenians (Novex, Gary Gagossian and Anto Shirtmakers). Harold is the tailor behind Novex. Gary is the eponymous tailor behind Gary Gagossian. Jack and Ken Sepetjian are the two sons of Anto Sepetjian who now cut and make the shirts at Anto Shirtmakers. Interestingly enough, the common thread among them is that they are all of the Armenian community, which has set up a little tailoring enclave in Beverly Hills.
Italians (Giacomo Trabalza, Enzo Caruso, Frank Caruso). I've written up on Trabalza before and despite my recent fear that he had retired he is still in business according to one of his colleagues in the trade. I've visited Enzo Caruso and a write-up is forthcoming. Frank Caruso is apparently Enzo's uncle. I'll need to check out his shop one of these days.
Others/clothiers (Jack Taylor). Jack Taylor was the one of the first tailors I visited in Los Angeles. Perhaps I should also add Duncan Quinn and Waraire Boswell to the map, as they appear to be trying to follow Taylor's steps as designers/clothiers to the (new) Hollywood set.

Note this mashup of LA tailors doesn't include a couple of affordable ones outside of Los Angeles County - Johnathan Behr and Ariel Tello - described in an earlier post.

Additional links
- AskAndy thread on Richard Lim / High Society
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Napoli Su Misura do travel to SF if you fancy Neapolitan tailoring.  And Dieworkwear managed to get Steed to travel to SF if you love English drape tailoring.  And there's always W.W. Chan, which has been visiting SF very regularly.

Several San Francisco Meet-Up "regulars" wear Chan and/or NSM.
To me, both tailors do impressive work.
post #8 of 9

maybe i should join one of those sf meetups someday. 

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

The closest true bespoke to the Bay Area is in LA

Incorrect, I am just starting up a full bespoke shop in Oakland. I opted for Oakland to keep overhead and prices low (comparatively speaking). Shop is located in Jack London/ warehouse district. 

 

I am an English trained tailor with 15 years experience specialising in a semi- structured cut with classic English lines. I also want to make up a healthy trade with tweeds since the climate allows for this. In fact I love working in tweeds, giving a new life to classic country styles but made more utilitarian for urban living. 

 

Message me for more information if you like. 

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