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Cable Car Clothiers – Traditional Haberdashery

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GusW, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cable Car Clothiers – Traditional Haberdashery

    San Francisco’s British Goods Store Since 1939

    By A Bit of Color http://abitofcolor.tumblr.com/

    A visit to Cable Car Clothiers is a delight. There just isn’t a menswear store quite like it anywhere, anymore. Filled with hard to find old-school British and American apparel and accessories, Cable Car Clothiers is also known for its large selection of fine hats and a recently added 1930’s period correct barber shop.

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    Jonathan Levin the president and grandson of Cable Car Clothiers founder Charles Pivnick., said “Growing up grandpa always wore a hat and a three piece suit. He used to tell me, “How you dress is how you present yourself. It gives you more confidence.”

    “Our look is traditional and to this day our suits are constructed exactly the way my grandfather had them made 70 years ago – Southwick, three button jackets with a six button vests, never 5”, Jonathan says with a smile. “And, with a natural shoulder.”


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    “Our focus has always been on classic quality clothing, grooming and accessories made in the USA and UK. The blueprint for the store was created by my grandfather and I don’t need to change it.”

    “We have older customers who come in all the time and say, “I bought my very first blue blazer from your store”. But we are getting a growing number of young guys who are seeking quality and appreciate our look. They love our hats, our Harris Tweed and corduroy 3 button natural shoulder jackets or we make up a special suit to Cable Car specifications. Of course we can also adjust any MTM to whatever the customer requests”

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    Looking around Cable Car you will find off-white cable knit cricket sweaters from the UK, pure badger shaving brushes, walking sticks, St John’s Bay Rum, ascots, collar pins, blazer buttons, a four tier rack filled with hundreds of bow ties, long glass cases filled with hats in every imaginable shape, colors and style and of course plenty of traditional cut pants and jackets. It is just the place to locate that classic seersucker suit for spring.

    And, if you need a shave or a haircut, be sure and make an appointment with Nicky the barber.

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    Cable Car Clothiers, 110 Sutter St, San Francisco, California
    http://www.cablecarclothiers.com/
     
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  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here is just a small sampling of their hats:



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    Check out the extra buttons to keep the flaps open:



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    Bow ties are a specialty and available in silk, wool, linen and cotton. There are even several special edition versions for older San Francisco landmark institutions:


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  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bay Area blogger Broke and bespoke was with me on a recent visit to Cable Car. Jason is a master at thrift shopping and says some of his best finds originated at Cable Car Clothiers many years ago. Here is a link to his blog for a thrifters view of Cable Car, Southwick , natural shoulder jackets and classic ties. http://brokeandbespoke.tumblr.com/
     


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    Gus, you are too kind. I was there a few weeks ago.
    Not a significant improvement over their previous store.
    Very limited selection. It is true that this may be the only "trad"
    game in town in the Bay Area, but compared to the Andover Shop,
    where I've shopped, and O'Connells in Buffalo, whose website I've
    perused, there are very few interestsing fabrics. At least in
    tailored clothing, this is a museum of a " Generic Ivy" syyle.
     


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    CCC has an excellent hat selection. It's either CC or Paul's if you have any hope of finding a decent hat in SanFo.

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    Love Southwick, especially their natural shoulder. Just a thought, the Southwick for CCC, Andover Shop and (old) Paul Stuart are exceptional quality.
     


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    Thank you for sharing, PSG!
     


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    The grandson has turned the place into iGent hell. Crazy Prices, no selection. Everyone likes the idea of the place but no one can buy anything there. At least at the old location they cared to stock good but inexpensive handkerchiefs and even had things like sleeve garters. Now it's a cartoon.
     


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    Like I said several years ago in Style Form, when you enter Cable Car Clothiers it's 1958-
    with 2020 prices.
     


  10. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    While in the store on Wednesday, the place was very busy making it hard to take photos or to even get time to speak with Jonathan. People of all ages came in and bought hats, ties and other accessories. They included a guy with a beard like ZZ Top, several women, an older gent in a heavy three piece herringbone tweed suit, fathers and sons and young guys in jeans and bow ties among many other customers.

    My personal view is that rather than maintaining some kind of Trad museum, the owner has edited Cable Car Clothiers to what really sells. That is the reality of running a successful retail store, especially in today's economy and with high downtown rents.
     


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    In general: I've actually been thinking about this for some time -- I just don't understand why people still purchase products in store if they know that they're being charged 3 too 4 times the online price. The older generation, understandable. But the younger gents too?
     


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    I'm not sure how this statement applies to CCC. If so, can you please tell me where I can get a handmade in Ecuador Optimo hat for 25% of the price CCC is asking? I'd really like to know.

    Plus CCC just had a 30% storewide sale last month.
     


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    It is a different theory of buying, some perhaps preferred the convenience and locality, even that makes the purchase more expensive.
     


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    I qualified the statement with 'in general', and that was a query not specific to CCC. It was also a statement made in response to a few posters who said that the prices there are crazy -- no doubt not over the panama hats but other products.


    Understandable. And agreed. I do this a lot too.
     
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    Ecuador?
     


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