• The Grog Tray

    Food & Drink | Prep Essentials  

    Drinking out is kind of a luxury. Think about it. A decent scotch will run about $14 a pour. Toss back three of those and you might as well have picked up your own bottle. Enter drinking at home. Not only is it economical (we like economical), but it's as good an excuse as any to fill your home with friends while also setting up your own home bar. It was William Morris who held, "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." We tend to agree—and a grog tray is both. What began strictly as a scotch bar has grown to include rum (El Dorado is a fantastic and not too sweet sipping rum), small-batch bourbon, rye whiskey, and chocolate.

    As with most things in your home, your bar should reflect your own style and tastes. Make it personal. Stock it with your favorite spirits. I gravitate toward the contradiction between masculine and feminine, old and new, and high and low in my personal style. For me, it's about the mix.

    One reason I love this mirrored grog tray and polished chrome stand is because it has a feminine refinement to it. It's very Upper East Side and lends a touch of nouveau preppy—a stark contrast to my red-blooded liquor tastes. The paper coasters I lifted from a memorable night at The Bowery Hotel, the quahog shell from Narragansett Beach holds match boxes from my favorite bars, while loving cups not only hold chocolate bars and wooden arrows (summer camp nostalgia) but evoke an air of victorious celebration...all memories worth raising a glass to.

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  • April 2014 Playlist

    Music & Books  

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  • Rowing Blazers Pre-Order

    Music & Books  

    I am thrilled to finally reveal the US and UK edition covers of Rowing Blazers, the forthcoming book I have been working on with author Jack Carlson for over three years. It will feature, what I believe to be, some of my best portrait photographs to date. I am really proud of the work Jack and I have created here and I can't wait to share it with you all.

    Jack Carlson has represented the United States at the World Rowing Championships and raced for Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races. In 2013, he coxed three different boats to first place finishes in all three of the traditional international rowing regattas: the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta. The guy's amazing. A Boston native and an archaeologist by training, Jack is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University. It is Jack's immersion in the rowing culture that granted us uninhibited access behind the closed doors of this beautiful sport.

    Rowing Blazers is now available for pre-order. If you're in the U.S., you can pre-order a signed copy at a special price here. And if you're outside of the US, you can pre-order from the Henley Royal Regatta Shop, whose proceeds go to the Stewards' Charitable Trust in support of youth rowing programs.

    Tell your family, friends, and enemies. Thank you to each and every athlete who sat in front of my lens and to Jack for his vision and passion for this project.

    Apr 9, 2014 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Al left a comment on 7/17/2014 at 11:01 AM:

    Fred, do the US and UK editions feature different photographs, or do they just have different covers?

    Joey Dee left a comment on 5/21/2014 at 3:58 PM:

    Consider this the beginning of holiday shopping for friends & family.
    If a book tour is in order, please consider stopping by Sarasota!

    The very best to you Fred!

    cathyw58jqobmhi left a comment on 4/29/2014 at 9:21 AM:

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    Jamie left a comment on 4/23/2014 at 11:55 AM:

    When do your 2014 interns start?

    MS left a comment on 4/15/2014 at 3:58 PM:

    Mazel Tov, FEC!

    Makaga left a comment on 4/11/2014 at 3:00 PM:

    Congrats!  Stoked for you and this book.  Will there be any book signing events in Brooklyn (Park Slope even?) or Manhattan?

    Bree left a comment on 4/10/2014 at 8:23 PM:

    Cannot wait to display my copy proudly!

    Tiff left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 5:22 PM:


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 4:21 PM:

    @Victoria—At least two I think…definitely one from what I can immediately recall.

    Lawrence left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 3:55 PM:

    I can’t wait.

    Victoria left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 3:23 PM:

    Can’t wait! How many dogs feature in Rowing Blazers?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 12:25 PM:

    @Lenny—I hope you enjoy it as much as I did photographing it.

    Lenny left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 12:23 PM:

    Finally! You’ve been teasing us with photos and details of your adventures shooting for this book for a long time. I’ve been waiting for the day I can get my hands on a copy. Congrats sir! It looks like a masterpiece.


  • Shoptalk Radio Interview

    Style | Miscellany  

    Nick Onken and I first met when I hired him to shoot branding images for my photography business. That was 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and not only have we become great friends but for much of that time, Nick served as one of my creative mentors. For that I am forever grateful. He possesses a youthful way of looking at the world in front of him—a unique blend of music, community, food, and pop culture.

    One thing I love about Nick is that the guy has a big heart. He is genuinely interested in people. In an effort to give back and inspire, he recently created a podcast that explores the entrepreneurial journeys of creatives he has personally come to know over the years. He’s interviewed over a dozen friends who are are up to big things in their lives—music moguls, dancers, non-profits, actors, and fashion designers—all living a unique and inspiring story. I listen on a regular basis and always walk away inspired to continue pursuing my own vision. When Nick recently asked to sit down with me, I was honored to dive into my own creative journey and look back at exactly how I got from there to here.

    You can listen here and check out the rest of the photo story Nick created. It’s a a real treat being shot by Nick…so of course I had to pogo around SoHo.

    Mar 25, 2014 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    610 left a comment on 5/11/2014 at 2:02 PM:

    This is amazing! I’ve started to follow your blog a couple of years ago. Back then I did not really care how I dressed, I did however love to go in here and look at the pictures. since my passion for style came way later than this I never took my time to read any of the posts. Now a couple of years later, after moving to London and working in the sartorial end of retail I realise what I have missed.

    Shame on me.

    ali left a comment on 4/23/2014 at 9:50 PM:

    What a great collection of photos. I wanted to pint out that I noticed your pogo stick was the standard issue silver color. Was it monogrammed? I could not tell. I am so sorry that you cannot find any pants that have the right inseam for you. Your poor feet must be so very cold.

    Cate left a comment on 4/17/2014 at 11:18 PM:

    great photos, great piece on nick’s site.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/8/2014 at 5:23 PM:

    Dear Fred:
    Your site & style will always be an inspiration! The content is always refreshing!
    Joey Dee

    Lauren left a comment on 3/31/2014 at 5:52 PM:

    Love your site!

    Jen K. left a comment on 3/26/2014 at 8:42 AM:

    That is so awesome! I’ve followed Nick’s blog for awhile!


  • The Wagon and the Road


    At the time I dreaded it. I had better things to do with my summers, like pump my best friend to the comic book shop, watch CHiPs, and build forts in the creek behind my backyard. It was the early 90s and my parents were very much into road trips. The more states the better. The combination of economy travel for five, around-the-clock sightseeing, and an ‘87 Mercedes-Benz diesel wagon made it the sensible choice to satisfy what wanderlust my parents needed to pacify.

    There is something very American about the road trip. Given our love affair with cars, it's no wonder. The 47,000+ miles of interstate highway, National Monuments, and roadside eats have made it about the journey, not simply the destination. Castleberry family road trips were no exception. Our destination was always home…with one caveat: never return the way you came. To drive in a huge loop was completely normal. In the summer of 1993 we circled the American Southwest...Sequoia National Park, the Grand Canyon, Delicate Arch in Utah—we hit it all in a week.

    The trips never came at a convenient break in the summers though. Occasionally, I'd enlist a friend from the neighborhood to join the circus come along. They never knew it but they were the buffer and served a very specific purpose. After all, I couldn’t think of anything worse than being cooped up with my younger brother and sister for nine hour stretches while dad threatened to pull the car over every other rest stop. My one reprieve was throwing my feet out the window and watching the world fly by.

    Today, I actually find myself pining for those road trips. Nostalgia seems to do that—romanticize our memories. My brother and sister now live overseas, sadly, and I rarely see them. Over the weekend, I found my way into the backseat again as spring hesitantly stepped out from behind winter's shadow. I just laid there. In the relative quiet, I propped my feet out the window, closed my eyes, and let the warmth of the sun take me back to that summer in ’93.

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    Richard Ross left a comment on 3/18/2014 at 11:17 PM:

    I sure do love road trips. Our family road trip rule was that we couldn’t eat at chain restaurants. Only “road food”, as my dad would call it. I still apply that rule to my road trips with friends.

    Lee Emerson left a comment on 3/17/2014 at 8:09 AM:

    Road trips are big in Australia too. There’s something mesmerizing about them - like getting lost in time…

    scaleworm left a comment on 3/16/2014 at 10:02 PM:

    memories are always nice.
    thank you for sharing.


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