• The Rugby Tweed Run 2011

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    It’s a brisk Saturday morning on the corner of University Place and East 12th. A quintessential autumn day in New York is the backdrop for the first ever Rugby Tweed Run. It’s as if Mother Nature herself registered to cycle around the Big Apple (it’s been raining the last two days). Every rendition of tweed imaginable, and interpretations I didn’t even think possible, mingle about in a sea of browns, olives, and grays. The first group of riders take off amidst the quizzical expressions of tourists and on-lookers.

    Live music and dancing breaks out on the corner of Rugby’s flagship shop, tea by Jeeves and Jericho and biscuits by Woolmark are served up while ice cream by Van Leeuwen is handed out freely. Prizes for best dressed and best mustache were awarded while Murdock Barbers provided barber grooming and Brooks polishing for their beloved saddles.

    The Tweed Run began as a group bicycle ride through the center of London, where cyclists were expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire. Since its inaugural ride three years ago, various other tweed rides, adopting a similar format have popped in other cities including Chicago, Sydney, Tokyo, Boston Pescara (Italy), and Florence among others. Rugby not only designed a capsule collection for The Rugby Tweed Run but brought the metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style to New York.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 17, 2011 | Permalink (31) Total Comments

    caren left a comment on 1/7/2012 at 6:10 PM:

    Came across your post via Pinterest & am just mad about all the tweedy goodness here! Love the style.

    Jen Whalen left a comment on 11/10/2011 at 6:27 PM:


    New York Muhtari left a comment on 10/31/2011 at 8:55 AM:


    I was looking at the Rugby event photos and come across your website. I loved all your photos but I could not help but notice that we took similar shots. (yours are more beutiful I might add).


    josh left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 11:36 AM:

    I retract my earlier comment, I was being a snobby loser. these lads and ladies are just dressing up and having a good time together, and some of those outfits are spectacular

    Z. left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 3:52 AM:

    Nice blog.

    josh left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 3:44 PM:

    Love the tweed and wool sweaters, but I can’t help but feel this is just “steam punk” for hipsters

    Kayra Lee Velez left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 9:53 AM:

    What a great marriage of two things I really like! I’m a big supporter of inner-city cycling as a form of alternative commute, and I’m also a huge fan of preppy style! Great job capturing the event, Fred!

    Bevin Elias left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    I am beyond upset I was out of town for this, It looks like stills of scenes of a great directed motion picture. Fred when you get tired of this I can’t wait for your documentaries it’s only right.

    kelvin left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 11:49 PM:

    Great pics. Sure looks like fun! Fashion.Nostalgia all rolled into one. Luv the last pic! Thx for sharing.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 10:31 PM:

    Very cool.


    Lydia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 11:20 PM:


    Olivia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:03 PM:

    Wow… I walk by Rugby every.single.day. and I can’t believe I wasn’t even remotely aware of this taking place! Shame on me.

    Awesome job as usual, Fred!

    cam left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 5:33 PM:

    Great coverage FEC. For those bashing a great charity event, maybe you should check out The Tweed Run website that FEC linked.

    khordkutta left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 4:06 PM:

    Looks like ALOT of fun.  some nicely dressed folks paying homage to a time period.  Especially dig the phot of the family,  Who Doesnt Like a party?!?!

    Tim left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 3:59 PM:

    very impressive shots and looks

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    @DBCC the Run in Tweed Run is more akin to the ‘Cannonball Run’ as in a race or errand.
    The fact people are wearing tweed for cycling (plus fours etc) is due to the fact that this attire was traditional for cycling back when it was a modern fad

    James left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 12:56 PM:

    Amazing photos! I really wish that we did that in Denver.

    DBCC left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 12:24 PM:

    @FEC, as always, great photos.  I’m feeling a lot of these looks, especially the father wearing the scarf/ascot.  However, why was it called a Tweed “Run” when the participants were not running, they were cycling?  Lastly, seems forced to ride a bike in tweed, that’s what spandex is for.  Maybe a picnic or parade would have been more in line.

    KRH left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 9:51 AM:

    I miss NY. I miss no matter cooky or whacky and idea is, it is embraced by NYers in the attempt to experiment and accept the different and the unique.  People brought together, sharing a common interest and looking darn spiffy in the process!

    Makaga left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 9:38 AM:

    Thanks for the fun photos (and for the nice photo of me the moment after downing a sip from my friend’s flask!)

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 9:13 AM:

    So many great shots, lovely work as always. It’s such a delight to see so many in New York dressed in such a British way. Tweed all round :) Now I’m just waiting our turn here in London

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:33 AM:

    Looks like it was a blast…  The DC Tweed Run from the photo’s I’ve seen in the past seems to be much more conservative.  The West Village was definitely representing here.

    Paul left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:03 AM:

    Your photos are absolutely amazing!

    bucephalus left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:52 AM:

    The nose ring guy has some great tweed on.

    James left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 10:33 PM:

    Great photos FEC. Almost transports me to another time, one in which I was not alive for. Wish I had been there just to witness it in person. Thanks for sharing.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 10:27 PM:

    Nice pictures; I’ve always wanted to go to a Renaissance fair.

    y l hollander left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 10:17 PM:

    Tremendous photos. What a scene! I’m definitely living in the wrong city.

    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 10:06 PM:

    Epitome of cool.

    AEV left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:59 PM:

    Cool images, but this is totally lost on me as an event.

    meg left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:57 PM:

    I can’t decipher whether I just looked at an extremely preppy event or a hipster version of the Portobello Road scene in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

    Chase left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:35 PM:

    Great photos Fred. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the Tweet run, but it seems like a lot of the participants pushed it up to 11 and it didn’t always work. Nonetheless, the event seemed like a lot of fun. Wish I’d been in NYC to participate.