• The Wayfarer

    Prep Essentials  

    You should take your shades off when speaking to someone who’s not wearing any. It’s a trust issue.

    But when speaking to everyone else who is, few can do wrong behind the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer ($130). In 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise was a teenage dork before he discovered the power of these shades. That marked the beginning of a Wayfarers phenomenon; 360,000 pairs were sold that year. They embodied the swaggering, top-down prosperity of the decade. Film and rock stars from Bob Dylan to Roy Orbison, Jack Nicholson and Elvis Costello embraced the Wayfarer as a signature accessory. Since then, Ray-Ban’s classic specs fell victim to pop culture’s innate fair-weather friendship, yet, Preps have kept them attached to their Croakies.

    Today, Ray-Ban offers a variety of Wayfarer styles. The most unique being the Folding Wayfarer. It’s the perfect combination of Original Wayfarers and ultra-compact storage–the best part being the laser cut makes it almost impossible to see that the frame is cut by the nose-bridge and the temples.

    Sep 16, 2009 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    Anna left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:12 AM:

    I inherited a pair of Wayfarers from my grandfather and I’m trying to figure out a way to date them- any suggestions for a good website on the topic?

    Sabir M. Peele left a comment on 2/10/2011 at 12:13 AM:

    I have these shades and broke one of the fold arms. So damn sad.

    Speedmaster left a comment on 9/16/2009 at 4:59 PM:



  • The New American Summer


    Do we really have to leave it behind?

    Sep 15, 2009 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/17/2009 at 5:21 PM:

    Sarah—You’re welcome.  I adore it just the same.

    Sarah Rhoads left a comment on 9/17/2009 at 4:11 PM:

    pretty much adore this video. thanks so much for sharing fred


  • Staring at the Sun

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Oceanside, CA.

    Sep 14, 2009 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Docks left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 12:18 AM:

    This kid is probably one of the best looking human beings I’ve ever seen.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/16/2009 at 5:54 PM:

    For those wondering, the J.Crew bracelet could also serve as a watchband, though not originally designed for that purpose. I have a couple bracelets that I use for that very purpose. It’s a brilliant way to make it your own.

    Kathie left a comment on 9/15/2009 at 9:08 AM:

    I love this. As a matter of fact, I would wear this and I’m a girl!

    James left a comment on 9/14/2009 at 11:03 PM:

    Rugby looks great!


  • Clubbing

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Sep 11, 2009 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/6/2010 at 4:18 PM:

    @RWF—My best guess is that the brogues are Sid Mashburns.

    RWF left a comment on 6/6/2010 at 4:06 PM:

    I really love those wingtips.  Any way you’d tell us what brand they are?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/11/2009 at 9:09 PM:

    @Joe—Refreshing indeed. The brass is top drawer…I’d wait for the re-order.

    Joe Gannon left a comment on 9/11/2009 at 3:41 PM:

    Fred, Just talked to Justin down at Mashburn.  Couldn’t have talked to a nicer guy.  Knowledgeable, friendly and above all a gentleman.  They are out of stock in the Brass buckle, but have the sterling silver ready to ship.  A re-order is due in on the brass next week.
    What a refreshing change to talk to a retailer rather than relying on the web for a purchase.  Planning my trip through ATL now…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/11/2009 at 10:45 AM:

    @Joe—Sid Mashburn’s buckle can only be found at Sid’s store in Atlanta, GA to my knowledge. If you call them (404.350.7135) I am sure they’d be happy to put one in the mail for you. I’d also recommend a belt by Tory Belt & Leather Co (www.horsetackco.com/Tory-leather-classic-plain-raised-belt.html). Good belt at a great price point.

    Joe Gannon left a comment on 9/11/2009 at 9:42 AM:

    I’ve seen that buckle pop up a few times here this week, but haven’t been successful in locating it.  I’m guessing you have to call the store?  Available anywhere online?
    Great series….all week.


  • Made to Measure

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Sep 10, 2009 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Andrew left a comment on 9/24/2013 at 7:17 PM:

    Beautiful Van Kilim. A rare find these days!!

    Andrew Lynch left a comment on 10/2/2009 at 7:16 PM:

    Relaxed and yet very well dressed… Wonderful.


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