• Open Ended In(vest)ment

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Washington, D.C.

    Noteworthy: vintage Dooney & Bourke saddle bag, paisley bow tie (learn how to tie one), corduroy and tweed pieces borrowed from the boys.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    TS left a comment on 9/27/2010 at 3:29 AM:

    forgot to comment on the actual post…whoops.

    really enjoy the fall pieces done in a transitional way.  i adore bow ties, and pulls it off exceptionally well.  i have the exact same bag and heels.  she looks great.


    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 5:49 PM:

    For those ladies who are interested , a number of vintage Dooney bags can be found on Etsy, surprisingly enough. I don’t like the new D&B bags nearly as much as the classic leather ones from the Eighties. Wish I’d kept mine instead of giving it away during my ill-advised punk phase, LOL. But that’s why they call it “youthful indiscretion,” I suppose!


    bunny left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 1:33 PM:

    i’m so jealous of these girls with vintage dooney bags (damn my germ phobia.)just being playful with her preppy style…that solidly starts with this http://www.unabashedlyprep.com/site/entry/patch-made-in-heaven/ i’ve realized that on someone cute - regardless of age or gender - the bowtie adds a kitten in a bow adorableness. loving them more and more.


    GLS left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 10:57 AM:

    beautiful picture, beautiful girl.  like the style


    M left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 9:49 AM:

    I see nothing worthy of honest criticism here. The Lifschitz pieces are among the best elements in the outfit and the young woman has terrific gams.


    R.U. Trippin left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 6:31 AM:

    She’s cute, for sure.


    Books & Liquor left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 8:45 PM:

    I love the bowtie, but above all, I’m in love with the vest. It’s rare to see this type of vest on guys, but even rarer to see it in on girls. Great photo, beautiful find.

    Harvard Style Blog
    http://booksandliquor.com


    Robin left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:27 PM:

    Is that skirt from J. Crew? And I love the vest - wish I could find one like that. It’s harder to find bow ties that aren’t too big on girls, good job on this one! Love this outfit, she is a very pretty girl!


    panmom left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:19 PM:

    Love the outfit and the model is beautiful.  Nice work one again FEC.


    CWhite left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 9:18 AM:

    You look gorgeous girl! Keep up the good work! Love those gold heels!


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 8:53 AM:

    More women wearing bow ties, please! It’s one of my goals for the year. I get girl crushes on any one who can pull it off.

    Not off your game, keep it up.


    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 8:37 AM:

    She’s very cute.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 7:58 AM:

    I like her outfit and she is very cute!


    tammy left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 7:53 AM:

    I love this outfit.  I think it looks like she’s modeling for JCrew.  Her legs look AMAZING.  If I was her I would always walk around wearing skirts.


    AEV left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 7:38 AM:

    Nice photo.


    trip left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 7:00 AM:

    The unbuttoned vest and the tie give this look a bit of an Annie Hall vibe.  Looks good.


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  • The Kennedys 2 Book Set

    Music & Books  

    I collect Kennedy books. Hardback ones. Countless biographies have been written on one of the most glamourous couples that not only inhabited the white house, but that ever lived. Collections are more than simply a prep pastime (and it’s never too late to start)—it makes life a little easier around holidays and birthdays. It’s my own idiosyncratic public service to my family and friends. Hard up for my birthday present? Kennedy book. Used is even better. Teeming with photographs is best.

    Filled with public and private photos of their years in office, The Kennedys (courtesy of Assouline) features the privileged photographs of Jacques Lowe and is housed in a Warhol-esque pop art slipcase. The two volume set devotes a book to each iconic figure America insisted on turning into legends. As a young photographer, Lowe was invited into the Kennedy’s inner circle. He effectively captured the tough primary battles, the nomination at the Democratic National Convention, the triumphant national campaign, first months in the White House and of course, the never-before-seen private moments in between.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Jamie left a comment on 1/8/2011 at 8:18 PM:

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    cassdy left a comment on 12/30/2010 at 1:24 AM:

    I love the Kennedy Family. Although the only book that I read about them was kind of no pro Kennedy entertained me and ignited my curiousity to know them a litte deeper. I just love how classy the Kennedy bros. were brought up by their parents. sprezzatura and brains


    Dylan left a comment on 11/4/2010 at 9:08 PM:

    OMG I LOVE books about the Kennedys!!!!!!!!!!! JFK and Jackie are one of the preppiest couples in history!


    Thomas left a comment on 9/27/2010 at 2:27 AM:

    although i adore your blog I have recieved this item on my outlook RSS feed 3 or 4 times… possibly a technical hitch?

    Rgds

    Thomas


    Karena left a comment on 9/26/2010 at 12:12 PM:

    The kennedy’s are always Fascinating and I love to read biographies and autobiographies!

    I have a Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

    Karena
    Art by Karena


    Liane Weber left a comment on 9/25/2010 at 4:49 AM:

    Have you seen “The Brothers Kennedy”?  It’s a picture book for wee ones - great illustrations, and I admit to getting a tad misty reading it to my two little boys.


    City Girl (EC1) left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 6:13 AM:

    Brilliant, I love the Kennedys too and will definitely check this out! Your blog is fantastic, so unique and I am a big lover of preppy style! Can’t wait to keep reading.
    City Girl x
    http://citygirldiariesec1.blogspot.com/


    John left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 8:33 PM:

    Have you ever seen the book “A Time It Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties”? I highly recommend it.


    Serena left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 10:10 AM:

    Love your blog!


    Lily Lemontree (AS) left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 9:44 AM:

    I too, am an avid collector of all things Kennedy, especially any volume devoted to them!! I am officially on the hunt for this gem you mention above!


    Ms. Fitz left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 8:43 PM:

    F.E.- So excited about this that I managed to break through the school security filters to order it immediately.
    Job well done, chap.


    LacrossePlayground left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 10:08 AM:

    I just ate at Martins Tavern. The restaurant where JFK proposed to Jackie. There is a plaque dedicating the booth to them. Too Fab! http://www.lacrosseplayground.com/


    Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 7:48 AM:

    I have a black and white photo gallery wall in my stairway, mainly pictures of my family, but I snuck a picture of Jack and Jackie in there to see if anyone would notice.


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  • Mixed Media

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in Washington, D.C. (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: mixture of patterns, textures and materials such as plaids, knits, cotton, full-grain leather, suede saddles, wool and silk.

    Sep 21, 2010 | Permalink (47) View/Leave Comments

    martha left a comment on 12/3/2010 at 5:35 PM:

    its sophia and her friend kara were VERY BOARD!!!!!!!!:)


    John James left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 11:18 AM:

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I really like this outfit. Great mixture of colors, and very well proportioned, I can see this being worn on a casual Friday most definitely. If you took the jacket off, the whole outfit would fall apart and look really sloppy though. Keep the creativity coming Castleberry, thinking outside the box is why I’m such a big fan of the ‘Street Etiquette’ guys


    john left a comment on 9/24/2010 at 9:04 AM:

    Fred my brother, you are an inspiration for me and a lot of people that reads your blog. I’ve learn a lot of things that I didn’t know before, God Bless You and keep Educating the people that really understand fashion and keep posting nice outfits.


    Kia left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 7:43 PM:

    Always incredible. I must say I’m a huge fan of the tie!


    Mike left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 2:47 PM:

    Just a point of order. Georgetown ie. Washington, D.C. is nice but definitely not northeastern. As JFK famously put it, “...northern hospitality with southern efficiency.”


    WHARF left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:26 PM:

    And if you don’t see a pair of Randolph Engineering Sunglasses that you want in our shop, we can fulfill custom orders if you are looking for a specific frame style/color, lens color/size, glass or PC lens, and temple style!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:02 PM:

    @Kal—I was visiting Georgetown for a little work, a little play. Love it there.

    @Zack—My sweater vest is Rugby.

    @AEV—I’m putting that one on you…I need to be invited. I announce all over Twitter that I am in D.C. (get on Twitter if you are not already). Next time I’m In town email, tweet me…something, and we’ll make it happen.

    @Damon—You guessed it, Georgetown. It’s my new favorite town in the northeast.

    @mjl & Justin—It is not summer anymore. And this particular day/morning it was 70 degrees or so.

    @Josh—My sunglasses are gold aviators by Randolph Engineering. You can pick them up at the men’s shop WHARF, online.

    @e, Luis Alcaraz & Elizabeth—My saddles are by Cole Haan. Designed with Nike Air, they are extremely comfortable.

    @robdarko—As is the rule on blazers, sportcoats, waistcoats, vests and cardigans, always leave the bottom button undone. As for the top button, that is a personal style call.

    @Paul & Style + Conformity—These khakis are by Rugby (1 yr old). And yes, they are some of the better fitting pair I run around in. Stay away from a break in the hem to keep them sharp and clean though.


    RB left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 10:07 PM:

    you are unabashedly preppy and unabashedly manly, handsome and sexy. well preppy and sexy are kind of synonymous in my mind. love the saddle shoes!


    Ms. Fitz left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 8:48 PM:

    F.E.- How and why are you so unabashedly sharp? You never dissapoint after a dismally unfashionable day in a uniformed school.
    À bientôt,

    Sophie


    Margaret left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 1:32 PM:

    This outfit isn’t my FAVORITE, but would it be a head-turner on the street?  For me, yes :)


    Kal left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 12:27 AM:

    What brought you to my neck of the woods? Georgetown is one of my favorite places.


    Wrecked Stellar left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 12:01 AM:

    Dig it. If you wanted to go one more mix, you should add a pocket square in some random print (either floral or a print with small random animals like gold fish).


    Zack left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:46 PM:

    Nicely done! The vest is superb. I know I always ask this but - who makes it?

    Cheers

    Zack


    AEV left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:11 PM:

    In D.C. and no email to arrange a cocktail? Hmm. Hardly unabashed….


    Justin left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:53 PM:

    Looking great Fred… but isn’t it still a bit steamy for that kit?


    B.L. Edwards left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:51 PM:

    Great pattern combo.


    Tom Bosché left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 8:08 PM:

    Young Man - Pulling it off once again. Too much analysis, bad - feelin’ it, very good.  Damn the torpedos, it works ...


    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 6:35 PM:

    Love the saddles, are they Bass?


    anthony left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 5:08 PM:

    best rigging BY FAR in a really, really long time. i love how you incorporated a vest into the ensemble (something that i found conspicuously absent from the Dress Code posts in the last couple months) and utilized a ton of colors and textures.

    great shades top the look off (along w/ the fact that you’re in my favorite location in the U.S.). keep it up fred!


    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 4:12 PM:

    Great look!!! I really want to know where I can get a pair of shoes like those?? Everything looks great!


    Maija left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 3:54 PM:

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!


    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 3:24 PM:

    Personally, I think it’s great when people are willing to subject themselves to the same scrutiny as everyone else featured in their style blogs. If they don’t live up to their own sartorial standards, they oughtn’t to be blogging about them in the first place.


    fsp left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 2:26 PM:

    Great. Say Hello to early autumn. I like the vest and the mixture of patterns and materials. Real prep!


    Baby Bootlegger left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 2:21 PM:

    but the shirt matches the brick landscape so well!


    ssn left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 2:15 PM:

    i still don’t have the audacity to pull off the vest, though this gray number w/ blue blazer looks pretty sharp. FEC tell us you stopped off at the Tombs.


    Richard Ross left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 1:50 PM:

    Heck yeah!! All I want in this world is for it to be fall already. Mixing and matching a ridiculous amount of patterns and textures is what it’s all about.


    Xanax left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 12:43 PM:

    Doesn’t Mr. Castleberry always look fly? There is a strange beauty in mixing patterns and textures.


    bunny left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 12:24 PM:

    the plaid shirt is really nice. this is another ensemble that reminds me of sid mashburn’s story about his sisters boyfriends. seemed like southern prep versions of italian playboys. you look good.


    Pan left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 12:02 PM:

    The epitome of a gentleman. Well done, sir.

    P.S. The lighting in this photograph is simply stunning. Lovely image.


    Ouch left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 12:01 PM:

    Good effort.


    Style + Conformity left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 11:59 AM:

    Smart pair of slacks. Make? Age? If only had enough hair to style like this


    Damon left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 11:59 AM:

    Congrats. I see Valet featured this post. Kicking around Georgetown? That pink building is unmistakable.


    Genuine Lustre left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:50 AM:

    Great to see somebody making an effort!


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:09 AM:

    dang, one of my favorites yet! Sexy.


    mjl left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:05 AM:

    How in the world were you able to pull this off in the summer?  i would’ve overheat faster than my old jeep with that much clothing on!


    Josh left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:02 AM:

    Thats a great vest / jacket combo. What about the sunglasses? Make, model?


    Amanda Bee left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:59 AM:

    Looks like fall is here, great mix of colors and textures!


    beenswank left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:53 AM:

    I can dig it.


    e left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:49 AM:

    can you let us know the brand of your saddles?


    Paul left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 8:52 AM:

    Fred—Just curious… what kind of chinos are those?  The fit looks pretty great, and they seem like they’d be great pants to knock around in…


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 8:44 AM:

    This is an amazing look! Everything is so well coordinated.


    tammy left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 8:42 AM:

    Love it! It is original and elegant.


    rhonda left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:50 AM:

    Oh, dearest Fred. I adore this. Truly.


    taylor left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:45 AM:

    i dig it. it is a lot going on. some people can’t pull it off. you can. confidence is key.


    Dallas left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:43 AM:

    Oh the saddles. TO DIE FOR.


    ryan left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:43 AM:

    Dapper. Truly shows style and class love the slew of materials. Next time your in D.C. let me know!


    iris left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:40 AM:

    i absolutely love it - not sure about the shoes but the rest is A1


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  • Sasha Rhett

    Style  

    by LeeAnne Jackson

    From the office, to dinner, tennis, bloodies, to philanthropic charity events, preppy women are no strangers to this social cocktail. Certainly no feat for a lesser woman. A great pair of shoes, a bag to fit all the accoutrement, and most importantly a stylish time piece, are essential for keeping all these activities in check; and indispensable for arriving even a fashionable fifteen minutes late.

    The cache to nonchalantly take an ensemble through all these activities is inborn in every preppy woman; after all, this is why we don sportswear. It is easier to go from sporting events to social events without a change of attire. I had the pleasure of speaking with Alexandra Daum, the designer behind the new brand Sasha Rhett. Miss Daum launched the line of luxurious, fashionable watches to please even the most voracious accessory-minded woman. “I do love high fashion, but there is no premium on exclusivity. Everyone should have access to high quality products. I realized it was hard for people to find classic and well made watches that were also affordable.” Daum's designs speak to her UES upbringing, and her stint in Cambridge, having recently completed a B.A. at Harvard University. Classically chic mixed with trendy. Luxury with more accessibility. Lilly Pulitzer thrown in with a splash of Pat Fields.

    Every preppy woman has a friend who is a jewelry designer. And for Alexandra Daum's friends, she was just that. “I would be shopping at a department store and couldn’t find a watch that spoke to my personal style. I realized that was something that I was capable of creating.” She noticed that most watches lacked creativity, color, and variation. “Handbags and shoes have so many options available. Not everyone has just one pair of shoes, so why should you just have one watch?”

    Preps, however, have an innate frugal side, but not in the typical connotation of the word. “Cheap” would be inappropriate. We enjoy making investments in items that will last generations, which is also fundamental to the Sasha Rhett brand. “It was important that certain lines of our brand represent what is the gold standard of prep, the New England aesthetic. We wanted it to have a clean, crisp, tailored and colorful look, while remaining timeless.” The brand pulls this off with panache by offering high quality stainless steel and gold Swiss made watches. The genius comes in the interchangeable straps. With options including classic nude leather, luxurious animal skins, preppy flourish print, and nautical-esque stripes, there is something for every woman's style and ensemble. Begin your day with a brown ostrich strap at the office; quickly switch to a double wrap strap in silver snakeskin for drinks, and to lavender and white stripes for a weekend at the Cape that says summer better than watermelon and a southside cocktail.  Sasha Rhett watches range from $159 to $249 with additional straps from $49 to $69.

    Having launched the collection just this past spring, Sasha Rhett has already received prominent press. Recently featured in People StyleWatch, it will not be surprising if these timepieces start appearing on the wrists of young celebs and socialites alike. Unlike many of today's fashion trends, these beautiful pieces can remain in your wardrobe indefinitely. It's a breath of fresh air in a sea of disposable accessories. The best part? Daum wants to see one lucky reader in a stainless steel Sasha Rhett timepiece. Visit SashaRhett.com and then leave a comment below with the strap of your liking (in addition to the included navy zebra print strap) for a chance to win. Contest ends September 23, 2010.

    Sep 20, 2010 | Permalink (75) View/Leave Comments

    Michele left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 10:47 PM:

    I need the Julie B&W double strap! Loved the article!


    Brookelyn left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 8:40 PM:

    I love love love the black/white/gray combo!


    Kelly left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 5:55 PM:

    I like the Bailey: Navy and Pink one the best, I think.


    Kathryn left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 4:34 PM:

    My favorite is the Julie in Turquoise. So cute!


    Aryn left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 1:21 PM:

    Sasha Rhett is an inspiring designer. Her collection of watches are amongst my favorites. Definitely a preppy must-have. :)
    I love the Chrissie: Silver Snake Skin Double Wrap.


    MT left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:53 PM:

    The Chrissie in orange ostrich is to die for!


    CLD left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:52 PM:

    As someone who has one of the biggest watch fetishes… this would definitely be a great addition.. LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE IT!!!!
    Chrissie…Natural Snakeskin Double Wrap


    Lena left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 12:48 PM:

    The Chrissie Natural Snakeskin Double Wrap -très jolie!


    R left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 11:07 AM:

    J’adore le strap Bailey: Lavender. Très chic!


    Brynn Marie left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 9:36 PM:

    Gazing at my wrist right now thinking about how rakish the Julie: Black and White Double wrap would look upon it.


    Shannon left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 5:41 PM:

    The black snakeskin double wrap is beautiful!  Very classy…


    Summer left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 3:27 PM:

    Love the Shuyler: Ostrich with the gold face, very classic but a little modern as well! These watches are great!


    Katie Perkins left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 1:17 PM:

    Loving these! I adore the Julie: signature in Pink/grey


    Pittsburgh Perambulations left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 12:43 PM:

    The Bailey Navy & Pink is absolutely adorable!


    aw left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 11:57 AM:

    the blue zebra print for sure, or all the zebra prints for that matter.


    Allison left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 10:57 AM:

    The Navy Schuyler watch is exactly what I NEED to top off and perfect my fall look, it’s perfection.


    Amy left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 4:28 PM:

    Gorgeous!  I’d love the Valentine Ostrich please!


    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 3:36 PM:

    I love the Schuyler Pink!


    Nina left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 2:24 PM:

    I love the Julie: Black & White Double Wrap!


    Abby Berg left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 12:03 PM:

    I love the Schuyler Navy strap! So fun!


    Kayleb left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 11:35 AM:

    I am certain I could win the best friend for life award if I could win my gal pal the Orange Ostrich Double Wrap!


    Jaedeanne left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 11:28 AM:

    Great article, Lee Anne!  I love the Chrissy Snakeskin Double Wrap in Natural.  Beautiful!


    Andrea left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 11:10 AM:

    Love all the bright colors!  The Julie Signature (grey / pink) is the one that first caught my eye.


    Genuine Lustre left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:35 AM:

    Black double wrap. Classy.


    Meredith left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 10:28 AM:

    Schuyler: Purple Strap!  thanks for the opportunity!


    Katie left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 9:09 AM:

    The Bailey: Navy & Pink is perfect.


    Alison left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 6:20 AM:

    Hands, I mean wrists down, the Schuyler in navy ostrich is IT.
    Navy = classically timeless, ostrich = classically timeless.
    This band would go a long way - day, night, land, sea, sport, work. 
    So good looking.


    Julie left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 3:14 AM:

    wow…these are simply fabulous…really a item worth spreading the word about!  i love the julie in navy/white!


    kia left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 8:51 PM:

    the alexandra green in 18k gold!


    M.R. left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 8:28 PM:

    The Chrissie Orange Ostrich Double Wrap is to die for!


    TS left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 8:16 PM:

    These are lovely.  I would wear the Chrissie Orange Ostrich Double Wrap
    in Gold.  The combination or gold and orange is one I love in the fall!


    AW Keller left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 8:00 PM:

    The Schuyler Pink, please!  It makes me think of a day on the golf course.


    Megan left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:47 PM:

    The Bailey navy would be my new go-to everyday watch. Gorgeous and preppy!


    JA left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:34 PM:

    The Schuyler Red Ostrich is beautiful!


    Claire left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:28 PM:

    So hard to choose.  I love the Bailey Pink & Navy.


    gina left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:07 PM:

    the julie signature please! great watches


    Sara B left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:01 PM:

    The Julie in pink/grey is lovely.  I’d love to add this one to my wardrobe!


    Tariro left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 6:37 PM:

    I would LOVE the Julie Turquoise Strap! Its so gorgeous & the colors are amazing.


    Liz left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 6:26 PM:

    I love a chic watch! My favorite combination is the Julie navy band with a gold face. Classic.


    Hannah left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 6:02 PM:

    Love these!  I especially like the Schuyler Black strap.


    Katie H. left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 5:46 PM:

    I like the Schuyler: Silver Strap!


    Shauna McCurdy left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 5:38 PM:

    Wow. I just absolutely fell in love with Chrissie: Silver Snake Skin. Please pick me!
    These watches are gorgeous and love the affordability! Thanks for the article!


    Alicia M. left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 4:25 PM:

    FABULOUS watches!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the interchangeable bands.  Would adore the Julie Navy Strap (1114) and would show it off everyday!!!


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 3:39 PM:

    The Chrissie: Brown Ostrich Double Wrap would look pretty sexy on my wrist! Yes please.


    Amanda Bee left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 3:25 PM:

    Love, love the Julie Turquoise (also the double strapped watches). I’ll have to pick up some extra straps, what a great product!


    keri left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:57 PM:

    the bailey in Navy/Pink/Turquois….a great marriage of colorful and classy.


    Anna Kim left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:38 PM:

    The Julie: Navy is my top choice. There’s so many pretty designs to choose from.


    Liz left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:32 PM:

    I love these… great update to the classic grosgrain ribbon and timex watch face! The pink snakeskin double wrap Chrissie is such a great style. Definitely on my wish list!


    Anna left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:31 PM:

    lovely.
    i ADORE the chrissie black snakeskin double wrap.
    x


    Paris left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:22 PM:

    I LOVE the Bailey pink strap!



    www.thecampusstyle.com


    Katherine left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 2:17 PM:

    I love those straps! So colorful and classic! I’d choose the Brown Ostrich Double Wrap if I won! Spendid giveaway!


    Sarah H. left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:32 PM:

    These are too cute!! The Chrissie: Silver Snake Skin Double Wrap is my favorite.


    Bobbie Blouin left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:26 PM:

    LeeAnn, Fabulous job, as always.
    Love the Chrissie: Orange Ostrich Double Wrap. What else would a good UT fan like?


    Meaghan left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:18 PM:

    I love the Chrissie Pink Snakeskin double wrap!  What a great giveaway!


    Krista left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:16 PM:

    Eeek… I absolutely love navy/white Julie style. It goes with everything. I love this idea!


    Diana left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 12:40 PM:

    I love the black and white double wrap!


    Cassie Williams left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 12:39 PM:

    Great job LeeAnne! I love them all, but I really love the Julie b/w double wrap. Beautiful!


    Ivory left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 12:26 PM:

    Love the pink strap :-D


    Holly left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 12:21 PM:

    Adorable watch! Great article Miss LA! Love the black snakeskin double wrap.


    Janell left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 12:15 PM:

    Absolutely love the Chrissie-Brown Ostrich Double Wrap…classic


    Lauren left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 11:49 AM:

    I love them all, how could you ever choose? I think the Schuyler: Natural - you could wear it with anything!


    anna left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 11:43 AM:

    I adore the brown strap. perfect for work!


    Dallas left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 11:21 AM:

    Oh my goodness! I must have the Schuyler: Navy!


    RR left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 11:18 AM:

    I think I need the Bailey Black Tan & White Double Wrap in my life. Best of both worlds.


    Christina left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 10:41 AM:

    Love the Chrissie!- Green snakeskin double wrap


    helen james left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 10:31 AM:

    fabulous idea, uptown to downtown in 15 seconds. Love the bailey in turquoise actually love them all. Would love to begin building my watchstrap wardrobe


    Ariel left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 10:28 AM:

    What a wonderful collection! I would love the Chrissie Orange Ostrich Double Wrap strap - so chic!


    Meredith Morgan left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 10:12 AM:

    Double wrap = double style. And in brown ostrich, please! Great article LeeAnne, and great find in Sasha Rhett


    Laura left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:48 AM:

    I am a fan of the bright colors!  I would love the Julie Turquoise!  Great piece, LA!


    Megan left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:43 AM:

    I love the pink/grey Alexandra.  Great article, LA!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:07 AM:

    Being an upstart, are there any plans for a mend accessories line in future?


    Alice left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:01 AM:

    I’d go with the Schuyler Black. It’s a classic.


    Kaela left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:35 AM:

    I looooove the Chrissie: Turquoise Ostrich Double Wrap.


    Liane Weber left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:23 AM:

    I love the Navy/White Julie strap.  What a great designer (and local to me!)  I look forward to following her work.  Very nice watches!


    Kris left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:10 AM:

    Simply stylish & perfectly preppy!  I would love a chance to win one (Bailey Pink & Navy), but if not, it is certainly going on my hoiday wish list.


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  • The Black Ivy

    Top Drawer | Style | Culture  

    One flip through a 1940s Skull and Bones year book and it becomes apparent that the Ivy League was essentially a white experience. Twenty years later, Take Ivy documented within its iconic pages that the demographic had not really changed (there was one black student featured on page 83). Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, of the New York style blog Street Etiquette, embody an appreciation for that very Ivy League aesthetic in their own style. Although inadequately represented as blacks in the definitive document of this particular style, they champion it. Today, the lasting effects of affirmative action have granted minorities a significant place in Ivy League universities. The duo felt compelled to introduce The Black Ivy in the spirit of T. Hayashida’s collection of candid photographs some 45 years ago. It is this appreciation of Ivy League style that made collaborating with Kissi and Gumbs a likely partnership.

    City College of New York serves as the landscape to The Black Ivy. And suitably so. Ivies scale the 160 year old brick and stone exteriors with vim. Its neo-Gothic campus was used to depict Harvard in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune and more recently played host on several occasions to the American teen drama Gossip Girl. Kissi and Gumbs rounded up two dozen of their most dapper friends to hit the books...and the Shephard Hall lawn for a game of football.

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    Gab left a comment on 4/4/2014 at 9:11 AM:

    What are some colleges and universities that have street style like this other then Howard and Morehouse?


    Inyang left a comment on 9/16/2012 at 1:45 PM:

    I discovered your blog from the article in Complex. I was excited to see that you are also living in Dallas!  I love the blog, you have done a great job. I also wanted to thank you for including these Black gentleman on the blog. Cheers!


    Devin left a comment on 12/1/2010 at 6:21 PM:

    I just discovered this blog and I really love it. I’m glad that I got to see this post, it really made me smile. Nothing like a very well dressed man.

    This is a great representation of the collegiate black man. I attend Howard University, a Historically Black College-University (HBCU), which is considered a “Black Ivy League” school and this it definitely the norm for most guys walking around the yard. Glad to see they’re not the only ones that put in that extra effort to make sure they are well dressed!


    Kimberly Richardson left a comment on 11/22/2010 at 12:00 PM:

    So glad to have discovered this photo segment. Love the look and why can’t more people dress like this? Cheers!


    FuturesBroker left a comment on 10/30/2010 at 2:32 PM:

    Fresh!


    AGB left a comment on 10/19/2010 at 10:25 PM:

    Great job!  The words and pictures are amazing!!!!


    Steven T left a comment on 10/14/2010 at 2:00 PM:

    Does anybody know where I can get that toggle jacket or something similar? Simply amazing


    Jan left a comment on 9/28/2010 at 4:05 PM:

    perfectly. I love all pictures. Good Models and excellent clothes. All in all perfect. Good Job.


    christopher Matthew left a comment on 9/28/2010 at 5:32 AM:

    i got to say this is so how i dress i live in london, britain an most people find it funny when they see a well dress guy like me but this is how a guy should dress 10/10


    bastos left a comment on 9/27/2010 at 11:30 AM:

    http://thebkcircus.com/bkc/


    Black Boy left a comment on 9/26/2010 at 10:47 PM:

    In the first photo, the third from the left, I think that’s Ouigi, the founder of the Brooklyn Circus clothes co. who has style for days.


    black boy left a comment on 9/26/2010 at 10:01 PM:

    A outstanding job.


    hillbilly left a comment on 9/23/2010 at 6:14 AM:

    this is so my style wish i was therrr, And i want the yellow/green basebal jacket can’t find those jackets here in holland. we have them but i don’t want those bigbaggy models this is so classy people should were this every day


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 12:12 PM:

    This does have a more ‘40s-‘50s feel to it than Take Ivy, but that’s what makes it unique. I too wish more people dressed like this, instead of shuffling about in sweats, saggy T-shirts, and (sigh) even furry bedroom slippers out in public…


    Alexandra left a comment on 9/22/2010 at 8:22 AM:

    Loves it. Love the aesthetic, love the shots. Also, this (the staged one full of hot, preppy men of color) is basically my dream school. Howard, my darling, you came so close…


    Clinto left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 8:24 PM:

    Pure awesome. Love it.


    Cardion left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:58 PM:

    I never comment on this site. But before I read one comment, let me say: “I Fu*** LOVE IT!!!!”

    Pure genius. Some won’t like it, but you know what, who gives a damn.


    Enamel left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 7:26 PM:

    immaculate.


    julie left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 3:16 AM:

    Fred, this is truly an incredible work of photos…it is smart, tells a story and keeps drawing me back to be see more.  Really, brilliant.  You should be proud!


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 11:16 PM:

    Excellent shots. Everything is very elegant!


    Cortnie left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:02 PM:

    Amazing shoot! Kinda takes you back to another time. Great job!

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    QUEENZ left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 5:58 PM:

    As a black man and a fan of style and fashion I have to say I love the looks of this shoot BUT, where are the ladies? I would’ve loved to see some preppy girls on campus too, that would’ve made it much more realistic and who doesn’t love a sexy preppy chick?


    Brohammas left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 5:39 PM:

    Its a shame.  This should have been shot at Morehouse.


    ChrisByrm left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 3:54 PM:

    Very urbane and snobbish, yet brotherly (in the ethnic sense). I especially love the scenes where the dialogue seems to be taking place. A+!!!! Can anyone run by me the institute of where this collection was photographed?


    Jason left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 3:16 PM:

    Great photo shoot! A excellent follow-up too, to the overwhelming whiteness of the Preppy Party and the Skull and Bones yearbook (both of which were nevertheless quite interesting, and no doubt historically and contextually overwhelmingly racially homogeneous). And an additional note, lest we be misled by your rejoinder to the comments posted by people critical of your reference to affirmative action, “treating every man equal,”: white women are the group that have benefited the most from the institution of affirmative action in school admissions and hiring. Affirmative action is not, as many people wrongly believe, purely an issue of race. It is one of gender, sex, social/economic class, and other vectors of inequality that plague our putatively meritocratic, but factually unequal, society. That said, this is by far my favorite UP post so far.


    Robert I. Brown left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:29 PM:

    The Black Ivy spread is amazing; every gentleman looks amazing and the photographs are divine as always (F.E.). I enjoyed viewing this post. Great work.


    Ndey left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 1:19 PM:

    This is such a great post, these men of Colour are amazing and awesome! I love the brown Blazer!


    Jovel R. Phillips left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 9:41 AM:

    Showing love and appreciation: http://electrostaticlove.tumblr.com/post/1156026455/the-black-ivy


    Joy-Mari Cloete left a comment on 9/20/2010 at 7:44 AM:

    My in-depth, thoughtful comment du jour: Oh sweet Jesus, dudes in suspenders are sexy.


    Zulhilmi Rahman left a comment on 9/19/2010 at 11:36 PM:

    You people nailed it. Well done!

    However, Joshua Kissi needs to slow down on his bracelets and necklaces. No offense!


    bostonbrahman left a comment on 9/19/2010 at 11:06 PM:

    as a 23yo Black guy that is unabashedly prep, this is transcendent. Knew you’d post this sonner or later. And you keep me comin back….


    Julie left a comment on 9/19/2010 at 8:55 AM:

    These photos are unbelievable! I had trouble picking a favorite, but I think I’m going to go with the second ‘steps’ picture where the guys are sitting- so classic and quite adorable! And, of course, I love the group shot at the end.

    Fantastic post, sir, fantastic!


    M.D Cooley left a comment on 9/19/2010 at 4:59 AM:

    This is such a sick post these guys all look great, love that red db blazer.


    F. left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 8:29 PM:

    I really enjoy reading this blog. Keep on the good work!

    http://buildingastill.blogg.se


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 6:46 PM:

    Very, very good. Some of best of the ‘Tradosphere,’ for sure.


    Annabel Manners left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 2:17 PM:

    Fabulous photos and some very cute boys! :)


    Miles left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 11:51 AM:

    Just awesome!!


    JHA left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 2:08 AM:

    Point well taken F.E.C.


    Capitol A left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 11:36 PM:

    These guys look great. I don’t see a look that isn’t spot-on. They remind me of my new favorite clothing salesman/style god: joshua williams at billy reid in dallas.


    Sarah left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:00 PM:

    I love these photos! great style.


    Tom Bosché left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:38 PM:

    Like I said, Frederick, generating stimulating commentary ...


    Ted Roosevelt left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:28 PM:

    I appreciate the style on the “Street Etiquette” site.


    wale ariztos left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 5:16 PM:

    nice photographs. the styling is great.


    Jim left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 5:10 PM:

    pure style…love the caps!


    Erich Paul left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 5:08 PM:

    Excellent styling and congruence. As an Ivy League student, it makes me sad that my classmates don’t actually dress like this.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 5:07 PM:

    Although the history of America can be checkered at times, we have moved on to grow to embrace people from all backgrounds. Freedom is choice. And all have the choice on how to put oneself together in the morning, despite background. Anyone who reads this fabulous blog, and has family that came from somewhere else to embrace the limitless lifestyle possibilities that living in a free republic offers to those who are willing to overcome obstacles; it wasn’t easy for coming over, especially in the early twentieth century, as all who were entering were looked upon with suspicion, and distrust.

    This particular entry, demonstrates that, anyone, despite background, if determined, can and will make an effort to put their best forward. Pics are great. I enjoy how debate springs from your pictures and topics at times.


    Trip English left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 3:41 PM:

    Better than take ivy


    Chantz Hough left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 2:14 PM:

    Bruce Weber would be jealous! Amazing as always.


    Damon left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 1:08 PM:

    This is an excellent spread. I enjoy your blog greatly and appreciate your inclusiveness. However, I do have to agree with Georgianna and express regret with how you framed the presence of blacks in ivy league institutions.


    Bjorn again left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 12:59 PM:

    Please please please make the images clickable for larger versions! I would love to see all the details better, expeciallty in the smaller photos. Is that doable you think?


    preppywithatwist left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 12:26 PM:

    I could easily see this photo shoot in a magazine editorial spread - great styling, great shots. Bravo to all of you.


    Unyime Akpanudosen left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 12:24 PM:

    I can only revel in the work that has been done here. I am a reader of the Street Etiquette blog, so I recognize them however everyone else brings their own unique flavor to the editorial. A well done homage and re-introduction of classic Ivy Style into this new age. I honestly didn’t know many people of this style, till I started browsing the East Coast (way of NY) blogs. It’s truly inspiring and somewhat remarkable.

    I feel as if I must move there to be surrounded by such individuals because this is yet to make its way west. Just inspiring.

    Unyime Akpanudosen
    www.expressionsrealia.com


    Richard Ross left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 12:09 PM:

    Absolutely top drawer.


    Juicy left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 12:05 PM:

    Great! Now where is CJ Something with the video?!


    Tom Bosché left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 11:47 AM:

    Frederick, Joshua, Travis and all of the other gentlemen featured: Excellent idea, and even better implementation. Please continue your work together - I look forward to hearing more about “The Black Ivy”. Completed project? Continuing work? Hard copy?

      In my ideal world, every student would see this, and model their dress accordingly. Include all non-students, and we’d really be heading in a great direction. I really believe that dressing well breeds self-respect, which builds confidence and enables one to maximize their achievements and accomplishments.  You are all well on your way ...


    Ryan left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 11:32 AM:

    Perfection!Creativity at its best!This just made my weekend!


    Jimmy Black left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 11:03 AM:

    When I saw your post I crapped my pants with excitement.  What an incredible idea.


    Save Khaki left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 10:40 AM:

    Amazing job, Fred.  Your magnum opus (thus far).  I can’t wait to brag about how we knew you BEFORE you made it big.


    WestEggCream left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 10:37 AM:

    With the exception of the white socks with black loafers and what appears to be dangerously close to a Members Only jacket, I’m down with all of it. Gentlemen and scholars.


    chan left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 10:20 AM:

    beautiful shoot. it has an amazing old-world feel.


    jvc left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 10:06 AM:

    best post in a while!  Is this just for the blogs, or is this part of a bigger project?


    Glenn left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:52 AM:

    Bravo Fred, Josh and Travis.  This is spectacular photography.


    Sont left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:51 AM:

    Thank you!!!!  I hope this photo essay picks up some traction and spreads through the music/fashion/style networks to start inspiring others.  Everyone looks GREAT.  These are the men of my dreams!!!


    sean left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:50 AM:

    i’m really glad you guys shed some light on this part of the culture, very elegantly done. ive only been reading this blog for about a week but im a huge fan already


    Jon Tiffin left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:41 AM:

    Stellar campaign work Fred. Great combo of your style and the story being told! Nice!!


    Bjorn left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:39 AM:

    Fantastic! This is why I keep comming back here every day!


    James Basler left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:37 AM:

    killer shoot fred. glad to see the final product. keep it up.


    Steven Elmer left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:31 AM:

    Literally, too kool for skool!


    trip left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:26 AM:

    Are there larger versions of these photos anywhere?


    Quintin left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:17 AM:

    My Alumni (Groves’ School of Engineering ‘05)... A lot of history in those walls… Great shoo guys!!


    robdarko left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:15 AM:

    Clever and well done.  My favorite is the bearded fellow (first picture, third from the left).  I know,  I know… I lack imagination.


    Ian left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 9:13 AM:

    All these guys have incredible style. I’m loving it.


    pat s left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:58 AM:

    great essay, love the use of city college, and the football shot.


    joei left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:56 AM:

    This is ridiculously dope. So much style in only a few pics.

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    Joshua Matthews left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:56 AM:

    I will take two please!


    Kristoffer Bunch left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:30 AM:

    Fantastic job Fred! This could easily become a best-selling book. It’s always a pleasure to see your caliber of work.


    Xanax left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:23 AM:

    This is so INSPIRATIONAL! Well done Fred, Joshua, Travis & the rest of the crew!


    trm left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:22 AM:

    great shots..great style


    tammy left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 8:12 AM:

    This is so elegant.


    AEV left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 7:58 AM:

    Bravo.


    Jeremiah left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 7:39 AM:

    Amazing. All those guys are simply killing it!


    beenswank left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 7:19 AM:

    This is beyond remarkable.
    http://beenswank.net


    James Jean left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 6:49 AM:

    I already knew going in that Fred would do a remarkable job with this project, I just didn’t expect the shoot that day to go that quickly but nevertheless, here’s the fruit of our labor. Firstly a big thanks to the Gents who took part in this magnificent idea and the biggest thanks to Josh, Travis and Fred for making this collaboration possible.

    James Jean
    Modernistrevival.com


    amir left a comment on 9/17/2010 at 6:30 AM:

    EXCELLENT!!!! Job well done Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs


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