Yule Be Cool: Chipp’s Naughty Santa Ties

I know, you never thought of yourself as a holiday-tie kind of guy. Neither have your friends and coworkers. But don one of these ties by Paul Winston/Chipp2 and watch them snigger, “Nice Santa tie, bud,” followed by, “Hey, waitaminute… “

From the witty clothier who gave the world Kama Sutra suit linings, the original “F*** You” tie, and the brilliant baseball tie we wrote about before, comes a troika of ties featuring Santas on whose laps you’d never entrust your children.

Two of the ties feature the Chipp signature of a repeated sedate motif with one of the emblematic characters misbehaving. From left to right, the ties are known as “Moon Over the North Pole,” “Santa With a Heart On,” and “Fireman Santa,” in which ol’ Kris Kringle, after downing all those glasses of milk people left out for him, proceeds to douse the smoldering embers of a happy home’s hearth by relieving himself down the chimney.

The silk ties are made in the USA, bear the Chipp2 or Chippmunk logo, and sell for $30 (Santa With a Heart On) and $42 (Moon Over the North Pole, Fireman Santa). Call 212.687.0850 to order. — CC

6 Comments on "Yule Be Cool: Chipp’s Naughty Santa Ties"

  1. Jancis Robertson | December 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

    Well it’s truly remarkable. Tomorrow in London the finest new Ivy League clothing shop in an age is opening – I’m talking about the new John Simons shop – and here, on, ahem, ‘Ivy Style’ we get a piece on Santa Claus ties. Finger on the pulse? If this website was ever alive it sure is as dead as a Dodo now.

  2. One of the great rules of blogging: You’re only as good as your latest post.

  3. Often there is a thin line between brilliant irony and the authentically awful, other times there is a gulf….

  4. Vulgar. Crass. Tasteless. Awful. Disgusting.

    I guess I don’t like the ties very much.

    I’m not dumping on you, CC–you didn’t make these ties; you’re just reporting on them. But I am sick and tired of this schoolboy sniggering, this finger-in-the-eye-while-playing-dress-up approach to clothes.

    Which is probably why I dislike patch and “fun” clothes: they follow the form while giving it the finger.

    Why can’t men just dress like men, like mature, sober adults? There’s a time and place for casual looks, for dressing for fun (and I realize that GTH is part of that–just not in my part of the world). This constant infantilization of menswear is one of many manifestations of the all-out assault on our culture that started with the Cultural Revolution of the 60s.

    In contrast, we have A Suitable Wardrobe. Will’s site is always classy, always mature (with perhaps the sole exception of this year’s Valentine’s Day post). It’s a welcome zephyr in our base world.

  5. EffortlesslyTrad (FT) | December 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    Chacun à son goût, I suppose. I own one of these ties. I purchased it directly from Mr. Winston earlier this autumn when I was in New York. I dropped into his shop on a whim and he was there and full of stories. I would never have known about him if it weren’t for Christian’s blog.

    Needless to say, I don’t find the ties awful. Maybe infantile, but I don’t think anyone buys these ties thinking they are mature or sober. I purchased mine because it made me laugh and I think it would amuse those whom I admire.

  6. Mr. Winston on his ties “I maintain that the difference between sophisticated humor and bad taste depends on who is wearing the tie or giving it as a gift. A “funny” tie that the chairman of a Fortune 500 company gives to one of his board members would be “sophisticated humor” and the same tie on the counter at Bloomingdales, Saks, etc. would be in “bad taste”.

    Read more about their history here http://www.chipp2.com/blog/?tag=sophisticated-humor

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