• Parke & Ronen

    Store Profiles  

    Their suits are popping up everywhere these days. GQ sought out Ronen’s advice on suit fit in their July issue earlier this year. He’s the reason I chopped my chinos off at a 4" inseam. Ever since Parke & Ronen introduced their line of men's swimwear four years ago, they've staunchly stood by the fit and cut of their suits.

    Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen

    Photographed in Los Angeles, CA

    “Trying to launch a complete collection off the ground was one of my big mistakes. It’s very expensive.”

    —Ronen Jehezkel

    Their success in focusing on men’s swimwear—and doing it very well, paved the way for recent forays into menswear. With Wall Street yuppies serving as their muse, the “dirty preppy” is a collection inspired by the financial shakedown fallout of unemployed investment bankers performing manuel labor in order to maintain their standards of living. Since they’re broke, they’re working in their preppy office clothes. The inspiration produces a more fitted silhouette in preppy fabrics like gingham, seersucker and broadcloth by employing cotton with a touch of spandex (97/3) and an enzyme wash. The result is some smart updates to southern classics. And they’re in short supply too since their collections are limited runs.

    This fall, they’re off to the races as they mature their “dirty preppy” line in borrowing from the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing—the Kentucky Derby.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 5/7/2011 at 8:50 PM:

    I love the way his shorts fit! (MB’s fit very well too). http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 12:42 AM:

    Michael—Look at wool duffle/toggle coats by Gloverall. Find it on eBay (used) or at Sierra Trading Company online (new). Gloverall is the best in the business, out of England. Buy it right the first time and you’ll only have to buy it once.

    Also, naval inspired peacoats (with the 6 buttons arranged in a two vertical rows) in wool or cotton. You’ll probably want wool if you’re in the Northeast during winter.

    Michael left a comment on 10/18/2009 at 7:47 PM:

    I must admit, I stumbled upon this blog accidentally and I am quite hooked. Your passion and knowledge is unparalled, and it is always nice to see things in my closet mentioned! I am just curious, but do you have any advice on a new coat style for the upcoming fall/winter?

    L.A.S left a comment on 10/17/2009 at 8:06 AM:

    Informative post…I’d like to say I’m pretty sartorially inclined and knowledgable, but I had never heard of this designer.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/17/2009 at 2:40 AM:

    Julie—Stay tuned for the next two weeks. I’ll be writing about some of my favorite women’s options.

    Julie left a comment on 10/16/2009 at 4:57 PM:

    Fred…I absolutely love your blog!  You can tell it is a sincere passion and the detail and thought you put into it is going to play very well into your success someday!  Keep the great info coming…I always love to see the options for preppy women’s clothing!


  • Discovery

    Music & Books  

    Discovery is the preppy love child of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles. Although the band’s music borrows from the duo’s original outfits, they proffer a blend of glitchy synth-pop and Auto-Tuned R&B. With a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” LP is an essential addition to your Summer playlist.

    Oct 15, 2009 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 7:22 PM:

    I’m a little behind on posting this but to my credit, I have been enjoying them since the day their album dropped. Carby is such a fun song with Ezra on vocals.  Although Discovery isn’t a relatively “new” discovery to tastehunters like ourselves, they are relatively still unknown to most of my readers.  They are featured here mainly because of their marriage between prep style and good music…not because they dropped a debut album. I’m looking forward to Vampire Weekend’s Contra album in January.

    Andrew Lynch left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 3:21 PM:

    “I Think Ur A Contra”

    trip left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 12:56 PM:

    Yeah, that “Orange Shirt” song is pretty sweet.


  • Bookworm

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Marina del Rey, CA

    Oct 14, 2009 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    maria left a comment on 7/6/2011 at 2:58 PM:


    been looking for this book place in MDR forever. what’s it called?

    mel from nyc! left a comment on 10/23/2009 at 8:45 AM:

    shannon is GORGEOUS.

    James left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 10:45 PM:

    Great Dress!!!!

    Shannon Sewell left a comment on 10/16/2009 at 1:49 AM:

    Thank you for the fantastic image Mr. Castleberry.

    CLD left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 8:41 PM:

    Glad I was able to help out with the dress!

    Sara left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 11:19 AM:

    Can I have that library installed in my house?

    Douglas left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 11:13 AM:

    There’s nothing like her hanging around our library.

    Lauren Clark left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 10:22 AM:

    Shannon is looking hot! So you featured your own photo on your own blog and twittered about it! That had me laughing!

    L.A.S left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 10:14 AM:

    Thanks for this…I think I’m in love.

    Lynn left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 9:32 AM:

    This is a really nice outfit and photo!


  • The Repp Tie

    Prep Essentials  

    “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”     —Oscar Wilde

    Here in the States, the repp tie is a universal, democratic fixture of fashion. You’d be forgiven for assuming it is an original American classic like the penny loafer or the chino. Though its preppie pedigree is as solid as the rocks in a southside cocktail, the repp originated across the pond in the late 1800s. It traces a dual heritage to both playing fields and battlefields. The British gentry adopted ties with stripes in meticulously established widths and colors to signify the schools, clubs and regiments they hailed from. During the First World War, the Prince of Wales turned the blue-and-red broad-striped tie of his elite Grenadier Guards regiment into a dapper fashion accessory that Americans then embraced en masse. It remains one of the most popular repp ties in the U.S.

    Image via GQ

    In 1920, Brooks Brothers made concession to outraged British sensibilities when they ran the diagonal stripes down from right to left, the opposite direction from regimental and traditional club ties. Stripped of its upstairs-downstairs connotations, the striped repp tie began popping up in Ivy League wardrobes. Bolster your collection with durable silk ones by Polo by Ralph Lauren in navy and kelly-green prints and stripes (Polo, $95-$105). Paired with a navy blazer and a crisp white oxford, it signals American attitude at it’s best.

    Oct 13, 2009 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    gerrit.ormosy left a comment on 7/24/2010 at 4:54 AM:

    The striped tie has never been stripped from its connotation. The direction of stripes indicating our independency though.

    Heavy Tweed Jacket left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 4:51 PM:

    Ties are something that RL Polo always does well. Nice selection and comments about American style.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/13/2009 at 3:44 PM:

    @Karl—I rather enjoy raiding the Brits’ closets. The weather, however, is something I’ll live without.

    Karl Bratby left a comment on 10/13/2009 at 2:42 PM:

    I think you want to be a Brit my friend.


  • Schoolboy Staple, Her Essential


    I often contend that the only thing more distinguished in a blazer than a pocket-square...is a woman. And the ladies have been raiding the boy’s department for this prep school staple for years. But this season, the usual suspects (a la Rugby and Gant, to name a few) have sewn up the perfect schoolboy favorite, keeping traditional details like a notched lapel and buttoned cuffs. Rugby’s striped satin under-collar introduces a girlish touch that is frankly, brilliant. Dress it up with a fitted oxford and a bow-tie or down with a slim tank and jeans. Wear with confidence.

    Images via Gant and Rugby

    Oct 12, 2009 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    YBS left a comment on 10/12/2009 at 9:56 AM:

    You can not go wrong with a good blazer this fall.  Work one in to your pre-winter wardrobe.  You’ll be glad you did.

    L.A.S. left a comment on 10/12/2009 at 9:41 AM:

    It doesn’t hurt to be drop-dead gorgeous either…


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