Trip to Chipp/Winston Tailors

katch

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I have been lusting after some grenadine ties I've seen on this site (enablers..) and decided to stop in at Winston Tailors this morning to check out the selection. I called yesterday and spoke to Paul Winston, the owner of the shop, who told me all the colors are in stock except for "blue", not to be confused with "navy". I have been concidering Kent Wang's grenadines, but didn't want such a loose weave (I believe he only stocks grenadine grossa) for some staple colors. I've been checking out Sam Hober's website as well, but I am not a candidate for bespoke ties and didn't want to a) potentially wait 3 weeks and b) get hit with unknown customs charges + expensive shipping. Chipp's ties seemed to be close to what I wanted except he makes 3.25" instead of 3.5", he's in NYC, no waiting and no shipping.

Boy am I impressed. I've never handled a grenadine and Paul's ties have amazing heft to them. I picked up 1 in navy and 1 in black and realized I really wanted to walk out of there with a wine, chocolate brown, and a forest green as well!

Paul and I spoke a bunch about things including how his ancient madder ties are from heavier silk than Drake's yet they cost 1/3 the price, how he (used to) clothe CEOs and specifically about 1 CEO who loved to hang with him and his dad and talk about clothes.

I have a Chipp sport coat that i recently acquired on ebay NWT and I told him I would bring it to him to have altered. I look forward to my return and I may have to pick up 1 (...or 2) more ties.
 

El_Abogado

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Paul is a wonderful guy with great stories about the golden years. And his grenadines are great ties. I have been meaning to go up and see him for some more and to have another suit made too.
 
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