The heir to one of the great names in clothing for the American establishment is a talkative tailor with a collection of rare fabrics. Paul Winston is his name, of Winston Tailors and Chipp2, Chipp being one of last century's clothing pillars of the American establishment along with Brooks Brothers and Tripler.
I was at Winston's 11 East 44th Street atelier in pursuit of one of those rare fabrics, the printed wool challis in the photograph. It is a light cloth that was printed by Evans before they closed years ago, and I had been looking for a piece for quite some time. The weight makes challis just about perfect for an odd vest that will be worn in the temperate weather where I live.
Winston Tailors may be the best remaining place on earth for commissioned articles in the Ivy League tradition of sportswear, from patch madras to embroidered corduroy trousers. The very nice Shetland safari jacket in the photo, sewn from a piece of cloth woven by a mill that has been defunct for decades, is a conservative example.
At the other extreme, a man looking for a necktie printed with one of former President Lyndon B. Johnson's best-known sayings - testiculos tene: capiuntur mens et cor - will find it here.