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    Noteworthy: burnished penny loafer (made in USA), Ralph Lauren Purple Label club tie, red gingham button down by F.E. Castleberry for Jack Robie. Simply a preview for now, the shirts are currently being made here in the States and will be available for purchase at JackRobie.com in the latter half of October.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Permalink (23) Total Comments

    AGW left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 1:51 AM:

    FEC- I’ve just discovered the wonders that is UP. So a FEC for Jack Robie was something I found of which I had to follow up. Went to the site and found a few sizes still available.
    Question: how would you recommend (if at all) a woman sport your signature shirt?
    I’m thinking this would cap off perfectly a look with Cole Haan loafers, go-to-hell shorts and tort Persols.

    Barrett left a comment on 8/24/2011 at 9:07 AM:

    Iconic. Can’t wait to snatch one up.

    msa left a comment on 8/24/2011 at 12:49 AM:

    Tell your friends at Robie to offer an XS size.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:08 PM:

    Very nice. Can’t wait to see what else gets produced!

    cam left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 4:15 PM:

    this looks very nice fred. good luck and continued success. i don’t know why you waste your time responding to the continued negative feedback…lol

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 3:35 PM:

    “Made in the states”?  That’s great.  This seems to becoming important to fellow preps.

    JasonEG left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 3:31 PM:

    Straight forward look. Overall, well done.

    Hilton left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    Fred- How do you feel about red gingham on most men? It looks good on you, but I’m not sure if it will work with all complexions. Thanks.

    Darian left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 1:30 PM:

    Great look, congrats on your new venture.  I’m excited to see the products.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 12:07 PM:

    @AEV—You are right, they do offer a button down collar; however, it is cut to be worn untucked in large part.  I took bits and pieces from their sport shirt and dress shirt then added my own touches.  Shirting is about fit, fabric, and the subtle details. I hope you like it.

    khordkutta left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:59 AM:

    nicely done, nicely done

    AEV left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:55 AM:

    Fred - Got it. I thought Robie already offered a button down collar, ginghman shirt (in a size/style that looks very similar to the one you’re wearing)...perhaps I’m wrong. Regardless, looking forward to seeing what makes your’s different!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:49 AM:

    @AEV—The fit, yes, is the same.  That’s one of the reasons I even agreed to work with Jack Robie.  Changing the fit of a shirt is also very costly.  Jack Robie spent thousands of dollars working with one of the best fit models in NYC to nail down the fit present in my red gingham shirt.

    The fabric, while I considered a number of red ginghams, settled upon a fabric from a mill Jack Robie already had a relationship with.

    The style, as I explained below, is different than what Jack Robie currently offers.

    AEV left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:45 AM:

    As much as I love a nice check/gingham shirt (and appreciate FEC’s enterprising spirit), I think folks should know that many options (below $105.00+) exist: e.g. Lands’ End sells great, all cotton (not non-iron), button down ones (in original or tailored fit) for less than $40.00. Also many made to measure brands, including J. Hilburn, will ‘custom’ make one to your exact measurements - J. Hilburn’s start at $89.00 (incl. shipping) and have a wide range of gingham fabrics (and collars/cuffs/details) to choose from.

    AEV left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:39 AM:

    Fred - So, the fit, fabric and style are the same as the gingham shirt they already sell? I’m confused.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:26 AM:

    Brilliant! I love the entire look.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:25 AM:

    @wj—The jeans are 501s with the leg taken in from the knee down.

    @JAH—I have considered it and will be working towards that.  Is your interest in knowing how to dress for work?

    @AEV—Great question.  In designing this shirt for Jack Robie, I kept the great fit of the dress shirt they introduced last spring.  Off the rack, it sits close to the body but allows for a wide range of movement given the side pleats I used.  I also chose to keep the inherent sportiness of gingham with a button down collar, chest pocket, and a couple more little surprises.

    The inspiration for this shirt was born out of its limited availability in a good fabric.  Some were too sport shirt, others’ checks were too large, others’ fabric was too cheap, etc.

    wj left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:16 AM:

    jeans? 501s?

    Kory left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 10:35 AM:

    Looking forward to seeing them on Jack Robie. I have been in the market for a red gingham and I think I found it! Cannot wait to see what else you have in mind. Keep up the great work!

    Tito left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 9:47 AM:

    Congrats! my friend and good luck on your Collections.
    Nice start with Jack Robie Collaboration.

    JAH left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 9:35 AM:

    As always, great work, Fred.  Have you considered doing a series of more formal outfits?  Dress pants, dress shirts, blazers & sportcoats, suits, et cetera?

    AEV left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 8:32 AM:

    Fred - how will your shirts be different than the bold gingham shirts already offered by Jack Robie?

    Julien left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 6:01 AM:

    It may be hard, but the result is there. This self-portrait is very successful. Your work is great… As usual.

    NB : Excuse me for the mistakes ... I’m french.