• Pins and Tears

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    If you haven't stopped by Collection lately, my ongoing curation of image tears, quotes, and original photographs, pop in (on something other than your iPhone) for a peek into what's been inspiring me this fall. You might just find yourself...inspired.

    Sep 20, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Rooster left a comment on 11/3/2013 at 12:49 AM:

    Your Pins and Tears collection is beautiful. You obviously put a lot of time in the selections. Did you do any of the art work? I hope more of your readers catch it. I almost passed it by.


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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

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    Rejoice, Wes Anderson fans, rejoice. Our favorite director and conspirator of worlds quirky and eclectic, has recently released the trailer for his latest work “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The ensemble comedy about a hotel concierge who strikes up a friendship with a lobby boy at the ritzy hotel at which they work in 1920s Europe is fantastically rich (the mustaches are a nice touch). It might be his most ambitious film to date. Anderson enlists a star-powered cast of Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Defoe, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and usual suspects Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman. “The Grant Budapest Hotel” is set to release March 7, 2014. Which Wes Anderson film is your favorite?

    Sep 18, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Alex left a comment on 11/3/2013 at 4:21 AM:

    @ Dylan Russell:

    A 12 year old kid listening to The Creation? Can you get any cooler than that? I’m in my 40s now, and I started listening to The Creation when I was about 17… And they were far before my time too! Same with The Faces, The Kinks, The Who or The Beach Boys whose music can be found on several Wes Anderson film soundtracks.

    Keep it up, young man. Your music taste is red with purple flashes! ;-)


    Brian left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 10:54 AM:

    Rushmore!


    Ben left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 5:59 AM:

    Even though it might be a little odd: I love “Fantastic Mr. Fox”!!!


    Colter left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 2:54 AM:

    The Aquatic life, of course!!


    Dylan Russell left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:21 PM:

    I have some diverse musical taste now because I saw Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and Moon Rise Kingdom. Which is why Wes Anderson is my all time favorite director. I am 12 years old and the only one who listens to Hank Williams senior and the creation.


    Kimberly left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:08 PM:

    Rushmore is by far my favourite!


    Esposito left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:04 PM:

    Thanks for the view of the trailer. I love to watch Wes Anderson films with my two sons. We get on these kicks where we quote Wes Anderson dialogue in most everything we do.


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 6:00 PM:

    “I SAVED LATIN!”


    cam left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 5:48 PM:

    The Royal Tenenbaums. Did you catch SNLs Wes Anderson spoof?


    emjkmj left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 3:35 PM:

    Made my day.


    Sarah left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 2:40 PM:

    My favorite is, by far, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. Or, at least, it would be, if it was real ;)


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  • Boast for Tretorn

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    Green Camo Tretorn Sneaker*, $90

    Tretorn's Nylite has been enjoying a moment in menswear if there ever was one. Just when you think its 15 minutes are up, a fresh take on the Swedish unisex tennis shoe is born. While Tretorn has been granting creative license of their storied Nylite canvas sneaker to the likes of Sid Mashburn, J.Crew, White Mountaineering, Club Monaco, and J. Press, no collaboration was as inevitable as Boast. Given both their tennis rich origins, it feels natural. It feels good. And no one has quite done what Boast did for this fall: an all-over print. Faintly reminiscent of Liberty of London florals save for the employment of the brand's irreverent Japanese maple leaf. This camo color way, with accents of tennis ball neon, pairs well with your khaki, olive, and brown chinos/cords of autumn. Keep the rest of your rig relatively quiet and it's game, set, match.

    *courtesy of Boast

    Sep 16, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Feroz left a comment on 3/22/2014 at 2:16 AM:

    I’ve been wearing a pair of navy Vans Authentics.  I kinda suriprsed myself by buying them really as they’re not something I would generally wear, but as I get a little older I find myself more willing to branch away from the curriculum if you will.  So yea, Vans Authentics are awesome.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 3:11 PM:

    @Palmer Woodrow (funny)—Both shoes fit true to size. The Nylites are much more comfortable. Also, I’ve noticed Converse has continued to cut costs on the Jack Purcell, this decreasing the quality and attention to detail once present in the iconic canvas sneaker.


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 6:05 PM:

    Cool collaboration, I’ll be ordering myself a pair. Fred, how would compare the fit of Nylites to Jack Purcells?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:49 AM:

    @Fred—That is what “*courtesy of Boast” means…I’ve disclosed that fact that they were gifted to me. The endorsement is authentic here despite being gifted the shoes. I’m a fan of these.


    Fred left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:45 AM:

    Were these gifted to you?


    George left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 3:16 PM:

    I recall when Tretorn was the “it” shoe to have in certain circles many years ago. I’m glad they’re still around and wish them continued success. It’s nice to have choices beyond…well, the usual names, you know?


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  • JFK Wore Chucks

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    In all the photographs I've come across of John F. Kennedy (I own enough coffee table books on the Kennedys to warrant an intervention), I've seen him running around in penny loafers, boat shoes, plimsoles, and white bucks. Never have I seen him in Chuck Taylors. Until now. Here, crossing a street in Georgetown, he's wearing just that, a pair in the original hi-top model. His inseam, cuff, sweatshirt...unapologetically collegiate, distinctly American.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 5:57 PM:

    I really like the image that Jack and the young woman with the over-sized sweater portyay. They convey clean conservative quality.


    Meg left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 4:31 PM:

    I second PSP’s comment.  Martin’s makes a mean burger.


    OMK left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 11:54 AM:

    Fantastic! I too am an avid fan of Jack Kennedy.


    PSP left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 6:04 PM:

    FE, If you are that big of a fan, next time you are in G Town, Check out Martin’s Tavern.  You can still sit in the “rumble seat” where JFK ate on Sundays.  He also got engaged to Jackie at an adjacent table. The food is also great.  I go whenever I am in Bethesda for the reserves.
    Chucks never go out of style.


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  • Layering Down

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    Down is back again. But long gone is the marshmallow silhouette of yore. Today, it sits closer to the body and can be found with up to 900-fill Canadian HutteriteDown™ insulation to keep you toasty without looking like you’ve put on any winter weight. In fact, technical outdoor apparel lines like Canada’s Westcomb don’t even call them jackets anymore, but sweaters. This makes down, in its slimmer rendering, ideal for layering over or under your fall wardrobe.

    Here, I layered my boys in nylon down, front-zip fleece hoodies, and button-down shirting. Mixing not only patterns, but textures, is the key to layering beyond just the functionality or warmth (and the option to shed layers once you get to the office or too hot playing ultimate frisbee on the weekend). The luster of the nylon shell creates a rich contrast against the matte texture of fleece. Given its super lightweight and compressible fill, down vests and jackets can easily be layered under tailored clothing too. Tweed sport-coats, grey flannel suiting, and navy blazers...they’re all down.

    Sep 11, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Hannah left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 5:00 PM:

    This is fantastic. They couldn’t be any cuter.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:03 PM:

    @Big Jon—Ten and 12.


    Big Jon left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 4:42 PM:

    Very cool. How old are your sons now?


    Lauren left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:43 PM:

    I am all about layers when it comes to the fall! :)

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/


    Stacy left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:36 PM:

    I’ve skied and worked in the ski wear industry. As far back as I can remember, there have been down sweaters. Patagonia makes some of my favorites. Down sweaters and vests are great to layer under and over many things and are versatile and light.


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