Another Californian transplant, Chip Kushner drove here from San Diego with his two Wheaten Terriers, Zelda and Zero. Chip's journey into pipes began with the aid of dear friends Jeff Gracik of J. Alan Pipes and Neil Hunt of Captain Hunt Tobacco on San Diego Bay. His first pipe tobacco experience was with Dunhill 965, and, appropriately enough, his first pipe was a 1960 Dunhill 120 Shell Briar. As his collection grew, so did his passion for all things pipe related, eventually founding the San Diego Pipe Club, where he met future coworker Shane Ireland.
Chip enjoys collecting everything from pipes to animation art, from single malt scotches to vinyl records and automatic Swiss watches. He also enjoys music (Jazz, Blues, the American songbook, and classic rock are his favorites), attending pipe shows, and driving his 1988 BMW 325i convertible, weather permitting. Given his extremely social nature, knowledge of pipes and tobaccos, and 'can-do' attitude, Chip is a natural manager for our Customer Service department. He works closely with his associates assisting customers in search of the perfect pipe and tobacco and making your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible—dressed in his finest smoking attire, of course: a smoking jacket and a fez.