Chipps Ahoy: Hail Paul Winston While You Still Can


This week Paul Winston, scion of the Chipp dynasty, told me that the space he is currently sharing will lose its lease come next spring. As Paul is getting long in the tooth (not to mention his cutter, who’s about to turn 86), Paul will use the change to close the curtain on his tailored clothing business.

OK, a Winston Tailors item isn’t exactly a Chipp, but it’s a connection to the Ivy heyday and now is your last chance to choose one of Paul’s wacky linings and have something made from a man with Ivy in his blood.

Paul is at 28 W. 44th Street and can be reached at 212.687.0850.

His tie business is going strong and Paul intends to offer his knits, grenadines and ancient madders indefinitely. — CC

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8 Comments on "Chipps Ahoy: Hail Paul Winston While You Still Can"

  1. Bags' Groove | December 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm |

    I’ve never understood what people who wear “wacky linings” are trying to say. Thankfully the nominal linings of sack jackets didn’t incite such frippery.

  2. Richard Meyer | December 8, 2014 at 9:13 am |

    I have been a Chipp/ Winston customer for over30 years. Paul is the best.

  3. Richard Press | December 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm |

    From a time when individual tailoring à la Paul Winston was more than pins and needles, but indeed the measure of elevated talent, trust and taste.

  4. What was it Vince Lombardi said about chasing perfection? I’d love to see more pictures of the old shop.

  5. A month or so ago I purchased one of Paul’s ancient madder ties — incredibly wonderful — and I’m waiting for more stock to arrive. Real quality at an outrageously low price because he makes them in-house. Chipp2 neckwear will cut into my orders from Drakes.

    And I love talking to him on the phone.

  6. Richard Meyer | December 9, 2014 at 6:31 am |

    And Paul is a delight to talk to in person as well. A true raconteur.

  7. Comment by Bags’ Groove — December 7, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    ‘I’ve never understood what people who wear “wacky linings” are trying to say.’

    I can’t fathom it.

    I passed on a few jackets recently purely because of the wacky linings. I suppose the clueless can pose as being ‘amusing’.

  8. Charlottesville | December 10, 2014 at 11:41 am |

    Just ordered a red paisley ancient madder tie from Mr. Winston this morning. Can’t wait. I was a Brooks guy in the 80s, and then switched to J. Press for most things after Brooks quality and styling began to slip, probably around the early 1990s, although I think quality has improved since the nadir. I still buy Brooks shirts from time to time, both off the shelf and from the custom department. I’m sorry that I never got to Chipp, although I recall seeing the ads (along with Robert Kirk/Cable Car in S.F.) and thinking how good their merchandise looked. The old hand-illustrated ads and catalogs from the top menswear shops of that era had a charm that I miss, although I suppose one gets a more accurate view with the current photographic layouts. Still, I think something was lost.

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