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Hot off the heels of a cray few years in building the scene for menswear in Chicago, with Shrine, Topman and now Suitsupply, we may have one more to look forward to in the next few years. If you've never been to San Francisco-based menswear lifestyle shop / private club, On the Fly, let's talk about what you're missing.
First, we should point out that they're changing their name to Wingtip. Secondly, everything in the private club is for sale, but doesn't have a price tag. And lastly, membership to the club is $2,500 initially and then $200 a month after that which can be used toward purchases at the store. Think lamps, flasks, cufflinks, ties, wine, luggage, sport jackets, dopp kits, trousers, shoes and stuff like that. It's all merchandised in a shop that combines visual ideas of Merz Apothecary, Ralph Lauren, Brimfield and George Greene.
The concept includes a wine cellar and pool tables and though is only a few years old, they're seeing explosive growth in San Francisco. So much that they're upgrading their digs to a fancier building which will open this fall. Founder, Ami Arad in an interview with WWD had mentioned the concept is pretty hot right now and that in the next two years he anticipates opening an outpost in Chicago.
· Wingtip by On the Fly [Official Site]
· On the Fly Takes Historic Space in San Francisco [WWD]
· On the Fly [Official Site]