jackmccullough

Honors Member
My job occasionally requires me to make Court appearances, perhaps 5-8 times per year. I never fail to wear my "BS" tie for such occasions.

I am desperate to find one of the Scales of Injustice Ties for these occasions. Nothing captures the element of any appearance before robed gods amongst us than the "BS" tie except perhaps the elusive Scales of Injustice offering.
A good friend of mine got this from his father-in-law, who was the mayor of a city outside of Detroit. He said there were certain meetings that he got a perverse pleasure out of wearing this tie.
 

paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
Most of my novelty ties have "messages" that can be fun to wear. Some are subtle, some are not. The FU tie pictured by jackmccullough also comes on a wine and a tan ground
Of all my creations "Pussy on the Mind" is my favorite.
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eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Most of my novelty ties have "messages" that can be fun to wear. Some are subtle, some are not. The FU tie pictured by jackmccullough also comes on a wine and a tan ground
Of all my creations "Pussy on the Mind" is my favorite. View attachment 47639
I absolutely love your novelty ties, but this present example, "Pussy on The Mind," would in a single wearing put me in the doghouse with the wife, my daughters and (Oh so) many of the women at church...LOL! :amazing:;)
 

paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
I find many individuals don't "get" the double entendre until you tell them what it is.

When we had our retail shop we had, in the 60's and 70's, a catalogue.
One of my first designs was a tie with a soccer ball,football, basketball, tennis ball, golf ball and baseball. I called it the "All Sports" tie.

It did not sell well in the catalogue. I told my father how disappointed I was with the orders.
He said the problem was the name. He suggested the tie should be named "A Lot of Balls."

The following year with the title "A Lot of Balls" the catalogue sales took off!
Many have been sold through the years.
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paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
8/6/20 - 9pm - Just got our power back! If you are a "braces" fan, tune in tomorrow. I will have a post about Trafalgar Limited Edition braces.
 

paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
The Trafalgar Limited Collection braces were at the top of the list for the braces lovers of the world.
Braces affectionados know that they are no longer being produced.

I stumbled on a small cache. I now have 30 of the Limited Collection patterns. They are in mint condition. I only have 1 or 2 of each pair of each design.

I will post a few images. If anyone would like the complete list, give me a call/ or Email.

The last listed price range was $195 -$245.
I will offer them to Ask Andy followers for $175 + shipping.
Pictured: Sands of Time, Checkmate, Par for the Course. The Mighty Oak




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paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
I have been in the business for 60 years.
What I liked about it was interacting with our customers - some were prominent individuals, most were just people. My memories of the exchanges - what we talked about and things that happened - make me smile.

From time to time I will share some of those remembrances.

How many of you know the name Salvador Lombino?
That was the birth name of author Evan Hunter, also known as Ed McBain and a number of other pen names.
He wrote "The Blackboard Jungle", the screen adaption of Hitchcock's "The Birds", more than 50 crime books about the 87th Precinct, and about 50 other novels.

I had the fun of helping dress many of the people in the 87th Precinct series.
Mr. Hunter would come in and we would select what the characters would wear. Swatches would be stapled to an order sheet - jackets, trousers, shirts, and ties. He took the sheets with him to refer to when he was writing.
We also made the sheets for his personal clothing.
I was reading "Kiss" recently. On the title page he wrote a note thanking me for helping him dress
Darrow and himself.

Evan Hunter left our earth in 2005
 

fishertw

Advanced Member
Most of my novelty ties have "messages" that can be fun to wear. Some are subtle, some are not. The FU tie pictured by jackmccullough also comes on a wine and a tan ground
Of all my creations "Pussy on the Mind" is my favorite. View attachment 47639
Dont think I still have it as we've tried to downsize but a number of years ago a friend who has a daughter that is a drug sales rep gave me a Viagra tie with the little blue pill on it. Pretty inconspicuous but really a conversaiton starter.
 

127.72 MHz

Advanced Member
The weekend is upon us. The number of stories about sharks has increased .
Attached is the image of the Chipp Neckwear shark tie. View attachment 48259

This is a classic, yet whimisical, selection Paul. Your post's are so welcomed by us here at AAAC.

I love your Gernadine selection. For years I've worn them often in rotation.

For the first ten years of my working career I wore ties five to six days a week. The next twenty saw me wearing ties a couple of time a week and at medical conferences and conventions.

Your ties make me wish I still had to wear ties daily!
 
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paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
A gentleman walked into our 44th St shop wearing one of my "Baseball Score" ties ( 5 to 4 - Bottom of the 5th - One Out - No One On )
He told me someone had given the tie to him and that he wanted to buy 4 dozen of them.
To be funny, I said," You must own a baseball team."
He said, " I do".
The man was Nelson Doubleday.
I told him we made custom clothing ( He knew nothing about Chipp ) and took him up to our 2nd floor custom department.
Mr. Doubleday ordered a navy blazer and one of our fancy linings.
When the jacket was delivered, he liked it. He ordered 3 additional jackets - all with fancy linings. He really liked our linings.

About 3 weeks before Christmas Mr. Doubleday arrived with a gift list.
Mr. and Mrs. Doubleday gave 7 individuals the gift of a custom jacket. Each recipient was to choose a fabric and Mr. Doubleday was to select the lining.

I created fantasy stories that featured Mr. Doubleday as a man consumed with searching the globe for unusual lining silk. Each story - they were each different - ended with the the announcement that the person was to receive the gift of a jacket. It instructed them to contact me and told them that they would make their own pattern choice but that the lining would be chosen by Mr. Doubleday.

In the following years Mr. Doubleday became an important customer - not because he owned the Mets or because of his personal clothing orders; he became an important customer because he gave a lot of gifts.
Mr. Doubleday had a wonderful sense of humor.
My next few posts will be additional "Doubleday Happenings."
Attached is "The Baseball Score" tie.
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paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
In the early 70's platform tennis became the rage.In 1973 Vat 69, the venerable Scotch Whisky brand, sponsored the Vat 69 Gold Cup.

Chipp made special blazers and pocket crests for the event.

The chairman - I don't remember his name - of the company was so pleased with what we made that he came to our 14 East 44th St shop to personally thank my father.

My father was a true Anglophile. He invited the chairman up to his office,

Unbeknownst to dad, I had put one of my Zodiac Kamasutra athletic supporters on his desk. ( I will relate the story of the Kamasutra jocks another day.)

When my father saw the jock he was mortified and tried to hide it. His guest saw it and laughed, so dad gave him the jock.

That weekend the British Embassy in DC hosted a Black Tie function at which the chairman was the guest of honor.

When everyone had downed a few drinks, the chairman put the jock on over his dinner trousers.

Monday AM his Rolls again arrived at our entrance.

He said he didn't care what it would cost. He needed 40 of the jocks - one for each man who had attended the cocktail happening. He gave me the list - which included 2 Supreme Court Judges,some Senators and Congressmen.

Shortly after the jocks were mailed the telephone calls began.

This is Supreme Court Judge .............office. He received an unusual gift. He would like to order 12.
This is Senator ................office. The Senator would like to order 9.
This is office of Representative.................. Please send 10
Hello.....................

The difference between sophisticated humor and bad taste is who and where.
 

paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
The legendary "New Yorker" editor,Wm Shawn, had to approve everything that went into the magazine. In the 50's, 60's, and 70's Chipp, JPress, Tripplers, Brooks, Saks, Dunhill, Paul Stuart,Gant and Hilton had ads that were in every issue.

Although "The New Yorker" had gifted writers, many subscribers were only interested in the cartoons and the menswear ads.

The products featured in the ads in the 50's, 60's and 70's were drawings, not photographic images.

I created an ad titled " Be an Athletic Supporter.'

The drawing was of a school tie - we did ties for all the Ivy League colleges - and a jock covered with the matching material. The images were free standing - not of a man wearing the tie and/or the supporter.

Mr. Shawn, who had clothing to fit, arrived with a folder in hand. He told my father he would not allow the ad to appear.

I couldn't resist.
I told him he was violating the first amendment of the USA Constitution.
I also pointed out that he permitted women's undergarment adds to appear.
I told him I would speak to my uncle, who was a prominent attorney in the publishing field.

I was kidding.
Mr. Shawn didn't think it was funny.
The ad never appeared in "The New Yorker."
Mr. Shawn remained a customer until his retirement from "The New Yorker" in 1987.
 

paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
When Decker's opened in Norwalk ,CT - It was some time in the 60's, I don't remember the exact date- it was in very small space and entire stock was Gant shirts. Purportedly Decker's sold "Gant seconds."

What was a closely guarded secret - even from those in the menswear business - was that the shirts were perfect "firsts" and that Moe Decker was a "mustache" for the true owners - Marty and Elliot Gant. ( My dad and I knew the real story because Mort Decker and the Gants were my father's very close friends.Moe had been a groomsman in my fathers wedding, and Marty and Elliot were members of the same CC at which we were members. Moe, Marty,and Elliot all attended my wedding.)

The reason for the disguise was the Gants didn't want their primary retail customers - especially Bloomingdales - to know that anyone could walk in off the street and buy Gant shirts at well below the price at which they were being sold nationally. The price at which Decker's sold the shirts was higher than the wholesale price that Gant's many retail shop customers paid.

After a few years Decker's expanded.

They moved into a large former food market and began buying first quality end of the season close-outs from the top producers of polo shirts, sweaters, trousers and women's items.

I was visiting with Moe one morning when a big truck pulled up to Decker's back entrance.
We went to the back to see what had arrived.

When the truck's rear doors opened , before us were boxes of polo shirts.
Moe asked the source of the shits.
The reply was, " Whose shirts do you want?"

There was a man in the rear of the truck with a sewing machine and boxes of labels - Ralph Lauren, Saks, Bloomindales, Smedley, Brooks ...............

Moe never purchased phony merchandise. If you purchased anything from Decker's you got the real mccoy.
 

Peak and Pine

Connoisseur
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That, sir, was a wonderful story. Very NYC. Very garment district as I, a kid in school in Manhattan back then, imagined the shenanigans going on in those warehouse-y type buildings with racks of clothing being pushed along the sidewalks by Puerto Rican kids and up or down the ramps of those idling unmarked trucks.
 
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paul winston

Super Member
Advertiser
In the mid 60's the concept of " the conglomerate" came to pass.

The theory was if you were successful marketing a product - soap, for example - you could apply your smarts to marketing a non related product - like shoes.

So it was no surprise that in 1968 Marty and Elliot Gant sold the Gant Shirt Company to Consolidated Foods.

They received a lot of money plus employment contracts.

Marty thought he would keep his nose to the grind stone and one day could end up CEO of Consolidated.

A few days after the closing he went to his office and was surprised to find someone sitting at his desk. The man, a Consolidated VP, introduced himself to Marty.

He said," Marty, I understand you like playing golf."

When Marty replied he liked golf the man said," Go play golf. We will send you your checks."

I crossed paths with Marty on 5th Avenue. a few weeks after the sale.

I said, " I was in the A+P last night. I was surprised to find Gant shirts next to the carrots.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
In the mid 60's the concept of " the conglomerate" came to pass.

The theory was if you were successful marketing a product - soap, for example - you could apply your smarts to marketing a non related product - like shoes.

So it was no surprise that in 1968 Marty and Elliot Gant sold the Gant Shirt Company to Consolidated Foods.

They received a lot of money plus employment contracts.

Marty thought he would keep his nose to the grind stone and one day could end up CEO of Consolidated.

A few days after the closing he went to his office and was surprised to find someone sitting at his desk. The man, a Consolidated VP, introduced himself to Marty.

He said," Marty, I understand you like playing golf."

When Marty replied he liked golf the man said," Go play golf. We will send you your checks."

I crossed paths with Marty on 5th Avenue. a few weeks after the sale.

I said, " I was in the A+P last night. I was surprised to find Gant shirts next to the carrots.
Fantastic story. It could have been a scene out of a "Mad Men" episode.
 
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