STYLE | Chipp, Fall 1965
A selection of outerwear from Chipp’s Fall 1965 catalog.
Just before the holidays, I snatched up a copy of Chipp’s 1965 fall catalog.
The venerable tailor, which survives today as Chipp 2/Winston Tailors, occupied a building between Madison and Fifth on 44th Street in 1965. As you can see below, the space had been renovated that year and departments had been expanded. Sidney Winston founded Chipp in 1947 after starting his career with J. Press. His son, Paul, joined the firm in 1961 and carries on today. Paul was the subject of a charming Times story in May 2008 and gave an excellent interview to Ivy Style in April 2009. You’ll also want to give this 1980s catalog, available over at Prepidemic Magazine, a gander.
At its peak, Chipp employed 30 tailors and a sales staff of 10. The Kennedys were among its customers. Today, as Paul noted in a blog post earlier this month, Chipp 2/Winston Tailors is in search of a new home as its midtown lease was not renewed.
But back to 1965.
Naturally, these pages prompt a good deal of nostalgia — not simply for much better prices ($18 for tassel loafers!) but also for elements of style that have faded away. The hat, which most believe died with the advent of the Kennedy administration, appears alive in the Chipp world of 1965. There’s lots to chew on here, so I hope you enjoy. These pages display fairly well in the gallery, but if you’d like to dowload full-sized versions, visit the Flickr set I’ve created.