• Ducks in a Row

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Boston, MA

    Noteworthy: over-sized men's cable knit sweater, waxed cotton Barbour (flipped collar). The "over-sized boyfriend" fit works here because she balances it out below by giving her legs shape with tights. You could just as easily wear this look with heels in the city.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Roger left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Notice the pads in the inner knee area. This young lady is obviously an equestrian. That lends a nice authenticity to her style. Fifteen minutes prior to this she probably had on riding boots.


    Al left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 2:52 PM:

    Great picture! Seemed like bean boots, Barbour jackets, and letter sweaters were THE things to be wearing at the regatta this weekend. Again, it was awesome meeting you this weekend!

    Al


    cam left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:37 AM:

    I saw all your pics from this event on Instagram and looked like a great event and a fun time.

    Off topic but I know you try out many brands and was wondering what chinos you’ve found to fit nearest to the Rugby university chinos? I just received a pair of Jack Wills and while the fabric, buttons and details are exceptional, the fit is a little to skinny. I’ve tried Lands End and Uniqlo but the quality isn’t there. J.Crew urban slim are pretty close and I haven’t tried the 484 fit but I’m guessing they’ll be to skinny as well. have u tried any of the Ralph Lauren slim chinos or do you have any recs? Thank you sir.


    AMS left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:24 AM:

    Love the unlaced bean boots. Girl’s got game.


    C left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 9:58 AM:

    Looking good Em!


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  • Head of the Charles Regatta Kickoff

    Miscellany  

    It’s that time of the year again, when not only the leaves fall from such great heights but world class rowers from all over the world descend upon the Charles River. It is on this penultimate October weekend that the Head of the Charles Regatta unfolds. And over 300,000 people will be there for every stroke. It’s a good time. I’m heading up to Cambridge tomorrow morning with Boast for the festivities. For those of you who will be in Boston, North River Outfitter is hosting a Head of the Charles Kickoff on Thursday night from 4-9p.m. I’ll be around to talk menswear, the upcoming release of the coffee table book Rowing Blazers (featuring my photographs of world class rowing athletes, including the Dartmouth portrait above), or the best place to shop vintage in Boston. Come by for the complimentary Whale’s Tale if nothing else.

    Oct 2, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 10:33 PM:

    Having rowed myself, looking forward to the book.


    InVinoVeritas left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 8:41 AM:

    The HOTC is a world class event and is great fun for participants and sectors alike. The alumni reunions that take place along the banks of the Charles are particularly enjoyable. I for one will certainly be ther. However, unless you rowed in college, leave the rowing jacket at home.


    DCG left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 11:06 AM:

    As a companion piece for people interested in the subject, check out A History of Collegiate Rowing in America by Daniella Garran.  Well-researched with historical photos.  Also the fantastic cover art is by my mother Deborah.

    http://www.amazon.com/A-History-Collegiate-Rowing-America/dp/0764341820


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:02 PM:

    @John—I’m not at liberty to say until the publishing deal is final.


    John left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 3:14 PM:

    Who’s publishing your book?!


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  • Boston Ivy

    Style  

    An American musician (D.S.) and an architect (Durga) joined forces in 2007 to make handmade colognes. What began as a hobby making aftershave for friends (they quickly realized none of their friends shaved) turned into small batch perfumes and colognes. The Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife duo reference the classics but with a modern sensibility. They bring a romanticism back to fragrance.

    Handcrafted exclusively in-house using premium sourced ingredients, a single spritz will last you all day. Their method of combining flowers, herbs, spices, oils, and plant extracts dates back to the pre-industrial cottage industries of North America. David Seth Moltz is the nose. He’s self taught. Kavi, his wife, channels her architectural eye into the packaging and illustrations for the line.

    D.S. & Durga Boston Ivy 50mL $106

    I have been wearing Boston Ivy for a couple of years now. When autumn arrives, I reach for it. It’s that kind of scent. Masculine* yet light bodied, unashamedly pungent, reminiscent of the Boston Harbor. In D.S. & Durga’s words, it’s “a memory of Boston in the ‘80s. Where green moss and ivy grew next to I.R.A. graffiti and fresh clover was salted by the sea.” In mine, it’s Cambridge in a bottle.

    * Moltz recognizes we consider scents to be ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ because we’ve been socialized to think that way. Violet, for instance, was classically unisex, but now it’s considered feminine because it’s a floral.

    Sep 30, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 12/11/2013 at 10:07 PM:

    I as well would love to sample these.
    I am a cologne hound, love natural essences.
    Sir and Burning Barbershop sound intriguing.
    Thank you for informing us.


    George left a comment on 12/10/2013 at 10:39 AM:

    I would like to sample this stuff.


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  • Chinese Ginger Jars

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    Porcelain ginger jars, a longstanding favorite amongst interior designers, are rich in centuries of Chinese history and culture, dating as far back as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC—207 BC). The hand-painted jars were long used for storing rare spices such as salt, herbs, and ginger (hence the name). In the 17th century, the British began exporting these porcelain wares and called them “china.” Showcasing these pieces in one’s home during this time came to symbolize wealth, sophistication, and travel. Today, designers are often creating an elevated high/low approach with these beautiful blue-and-white pieces.

    The key is to not be too precious with them. Make them functional. Convert them into lamps or flower pots. Here, I store my croquet set in a large 20” jar but your umbrellas could be just as fitting. My friend Mariah, the equine lover behind Quite Continental, displays polo mallets in hers. The floral patterns and bulbous hand-painted body introduce a subtle femininity to a room. Larger antique Chinese porcelain ginger jars can still be found for upwards of $600; however, they will typically show heavy signs of wear and tear and are often very fragile. New reproductions, ideal for decorating and re-purposing, can be had for a fraction of the cost at shops like Etsy and Pearl River. It’s about the mix—Chinese ginger jars with Persian rugs with mid-century modern Bertoia chairs.

    Sep 27, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 12:17 PM:

    @Chase—I’m currently in a three bedroom apartment.


    Chase left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 12:11 PM:

    Are you in a studio apartment in South Slope?


    Margaret left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:46 AM:

    I’ve been away from this site for a few months - any update on the online retail shop? coffee table rowing book? etc.?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:44 AM:

    @James—If you’d like to continue this conversation, just email me.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:43 AM:

    You’ve had one up until recently, yes?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    @James—I could be open to the possibility.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:39 AM:

    Are you looking for a roommate?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:27 AM:

    @James—At the moment, yes.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:22 AM:

    Do you live by yourself?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/4/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    @Grace—Only a year or so. There is a club that plays in Central Park every summer.


    Grace left a comment on 11/4/2013 at 4:11 PM:

    How long have you played croquet?


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  • The Wes Anderson Collection

    Music & Books  

    Abrams Books just released Matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The coffee table book showcases the creative process of one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. It is chock full of never-before-seen photos, behind the scenes notes, original illustrations, and ephemera, all centered around a book-length conversation between the director and Seitz (the foremost critic on Anderson’s work).

    Seitz is not one to shy away from pulling back the curtain on Anderson’s sources. In fact, Seitz goes in depth in analyzing what exactly influenced what in the director’s evolving signature style. Below you can see exactly how The Royal Tennenbaums was informed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

    It is Francis Ford Coppola who says, “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”

    Watch the trailer below as Seitz guides you through his approach and structure of what is sure to be one of the most visually intimate books of its kind.

    Sep 25, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Leith left a comment on 10/31/2013 at 3:40 PM:

    How did people survive pre-Wes Anderson?  Honestly.  This book is definitely going to be a part of my collection.  Thank you.  - Leith
    http://outsidelanddiaries.blogspot.com


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