• Denim Debate

    Style | Dress Code  

    The week with the gentlemen of Prepidemic continues as I caught up with Dennis and Woody on the northwest corner of campus.

    Photographed in Princeton, NJ (enlarge)

    Noteworthy (Sarkozy & Hines): Though tired of the combination of denim and tailored clothing, I adore my RRL buckle-backs, immensely closer to the fabric’s roots in work-wear. I felt it only more irreverent to play up the contrasts by substituting the traditional charcoal flannels from this Oxford University look with the raw, red-cast indigo.

    I like this black watch duffle because the pattern is bold and beautiful without being obnoxious. Pairing it with holiday-friendly burgundies and reds makes for a season appropriate ensemble, though I wouldn’t advise wearing velvet slippers for a walk longer than one across campus.

    Noteworthy (Castleberry): Contrasting club collar with collar pin, straight leg jeans, Prince Albert slippers.

    Nov 30, 2010 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    caroline left a comment on 12/1/2010 at 12:49 PM:

    This very much looks like a page out of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Paradise Lost, great style.

    Sean left a comment on 12/1/2010 at 4:45 AM:

    @ Straw Boater… I bought a Gloverall black watch duffle from Barney’s last year.

    K. Nights left a comment on 12/1/2010 at 12:51 AM:

    That’s an enormous bike.

    Straw Boater left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 7:10 PM:

    Really love the black watch duffle - where is it from?

    fsp left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 6:05 PM:

    This guys know how to dress! Uptodate classic!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 5:46 PM:

    @Tito—Making the Grade is one of my sartorial favorites.

    Tito left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 5:04 PM:

    This guys look really nice!
    Fred question? have you seen the movie Making the Grade from 1984?

    AWKeller left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 5:01 PM:

    I wish more men dressed like this in real life.  Black watch plaid makes my heart go pitter-pat.

    Megan left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 4:17 PM:

    Genevieve- Agreed. There is not a good “uncreepy” way to say it, but both of these guys are entirely dreamy :)

    Beerari left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 2:27 PM:

    We love this marvelous style!!!

    Keep in mind: http://beerari.blogspot.com/2010/11/fashion-4.html

    Genevieve left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 2:07 PM:

    The guy with the bike is like my dream come true. Didn’t mean for that to sound so creepy.

    dan left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 11:52 AM:

    great stuff FEC…too bad dressing like that isn’t the standard for Princeton and other colleges like it across the east coast

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 10:57 AM:

    Awesome combination! This guys know how to dress and those red shoes are looking sharp. The background is perfect, what a great picture.


  • Brief Encounter

    Style | Dress Code  

    Chris Callis, Woody Hines, and Dennis Sarkozy call Princeton, New Jersey home. Between classes, squash practice, and work, they collectively run the online magazine Prepidemic from 1901 Hall. I spent some time with the guys on campus earlier this month kicking around their dorm, eating at The Ivy Club, and mulling over their plans once they exit through FitzRandolph Gate. Over the next week I will be sharing a sliver of their personal style with you. Though today’s campus dress codes fail to make the grade, Callis and Hines yield a sartorial effort indicative of their academic ambitions. They dress for success.

    "Style is the dress of thoughts.”     —Lord Chesterfield

    Photographed in Princeton, NJ (enlarge)

    Noteworthy (Callis): I can’t think of a more versatile piece in the colder months than a navy chalk stripe suit. It can be worn and paired in so many different ways that you could wear it every day for a month and feel like you haven’t worn the same thing twice—save the smell, of course.

    Noteworthy (Castleberry): English leather briefcase by Lotuff & Clegg, blackwatch umbrella, french cuffs.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 10:56 AM:

    Wonderful! I specially like how the briefcase and the umbrella look, but there are alot of good details in his pic.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 11:26 PM:

    I cannt imagine that he takes classes with this outfit but is really a great look and an amazing picture!

    Al left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 8:12 PM:

    This is a great start to what I’m sure will be a fantastic series of posts.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 7:03 PM:

    I look forward to the posts this week, short jaket sleeving and all!
    I trust that everyone had a flabulous holiday and counted all their blessings.

    khordkutta left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 6:34 PM:

    The briefcase is the goods in this photo!!!

    AEV left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 6:29 PM:

    Love the briefcase. The contrast of the tweed vest is also a nice touch. And, generally, I love a chalk stripe suit….but, the arms on this appear far too short, no?

    I never got on board with the contrast collar dress shirt, which is attempting to emulate a time when shirts were purchased with detachable collars…a sartorial reality that hasn’t existed for many decades….strikes me as odd that this “look” has persisted while the removable nature of the collar has not.

    Robin left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 5:55 PM:

    Your indoor shots are getting better and better.

    Wonderful job!

    AWKeller left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 5:46 PM:

    This is gorgeous.  That chalk stripe suit is fantastic and that briefcase is just classic.


  • Manolo Blahnik Bean Heels


    Prep/Ivy style ebbs and flows into mainstream consciousness every 30 years or so. Subversive tendencies of high fashion design houses simply comes with the territory, oft to the indifference of purists. Foster Huntington came across these Manolo Blahnik Bean heels complete with Vibram sole while he was visiting the L.L. Bean archive. They are of the moment yet simultaneously timeless. In fact, this particular pair was purchased by Leon Gorman (grandson of L.L. Bean) at Barney’s...in 1978! Tommy Hilfiger spun off similar feminine interpretations this fall with an updated rounder toe; however, I prefer the silhouette of the stiletto heel.

    Image via Foster Huntington

    Nov 26, 2010 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    JFD left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 2:03 PM:

    Silly, but funny silly.

    beskalan left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 3:44 AM:

    xavier, that’s not some girl - its Garance Dore, French street fashion blogger extraordinaire, photo taken by Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist. I believe she’s wearing the new Hilfiger version, not the Blahniks, if you look at the heels.

    xavier left a comment on 11/28/2010 at 5:30 PM:

    They are different…

    Here is a street shot of a girl with them on


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 5:43 PM:

    What came first the New England or the Bean?

    I always applaud the ingenuity in taking key elements of classic style and spinning something completely original.  It took many fashion designing risks (failures and triumphs) to bring us the treasured staples we appreciate today. 

    As for these boots I feel I would look rather silly in them.  As for girls wearing them I can appreciate the venture… and I always love the chance takers who stand out a bit amongst the crowd. 
    —Old Man

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 4:52 PM:

    @Joey Dee—These are perfect for hunting in the concrete jungle.

    @Kalim Kassam—Since Leon Gorman actually bought these at Barney’s, I doubt they were made in Maine by L.L. Bean.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 4:45 PM:

    Would these be for hunting/camping?

    Kalim Kassam left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 1:13 PM:

    Made in Maine?

    Debby left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 8:57 AM:

    I saw these… I think they are rather cool! xo


  • Ann Mashburn

    Style | Store Profiles | Prep Essentials  

    Sunday afternoon at 1158 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, Georgia, and if the ladies that just opened the Ann Mashburn boutique are exhausted—if the pressure of complementing one of the best, if not the best, mens’ shops in the country that consistently garners praise from the likes of GQ, countless style blogs, and its burgeoning clientele is getting to them, if they feel like they’re going 100 miles an hour from trade shows to shuffling two doors down to their tailors holed up in Sid’s shop—you wouldn’t know it.

    Elizabeth, the eldest of five Mashburn daughters, greets me at the door with a collegiate smile. Even though she is under the spell of a trans-Atlantic jet lag, her southern hospitality masks it. While most college seniors her age spent the summer grasping at the waning days of adolescence, Elizabeth was volunteering in Africa, working alongside her mom to open up the eponymous shop in Atlanta, and acquiring a hands-on education in fashion merchandising and retailing.

    Ann Mashburn is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we have it all to ourselves. The experience feels similar to Sid’s place but softer. Instead of dark stained woods and taxidermy, white surfaces, gold framed mirrors, and north light pouring in from the storefront windows persist.

    Ann, with her right hand woman Jen, has just returned from a trade show spawning the thought to carry Le Chameau rubber boots in lieu of Hunters. “Everyone seems to be doing Hunters now.”

    This is the magic behind what the Mashburns do. They curate. And they do an impeccable job of it. Meticulous even. It’s why every woman from the suede-fringed-boot-wearing Taylor-Swift-listening teen to the 80 year-old who appreciates the style and cut of the shirts stops in.

    “Our customers are women who want to look great, have some attention paid to them while they shop, and get some good advice if they need it.”

    Jen, Ann, and Elizabeth

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    With stints as an assistant to Polly Mellen at Vogue in the 80s, an editor at Glamour, and a stylist at J.Crew, Mashburn came into this experience as an editor, not as a retailer. Sid and Ann launched Sid Mashburn together three years ago. “We set out to build a brand based on nothing more than what we loved and what we wanted to stand behind.” Her shop, which opened this summer, evolved with some heavy coaxing from their daughters. “They were quite tired of Sid getting all of the attention and, really, just wanting some girl things to wear for themselves. We already had a family business and lots of female opinions that needed an outlet.”

    Aside from her own private label, Mashburn stocks Barbara Shaum sandals and belts, Delman shoes and boots, J Brand jeans and pants, Saint James tees and sweaters, Levi’s, Pretty Ballerinas flats and heels, Fred Perry and Lacoste polos, Superga sneakers, and James Perse tees, tanks, turtlenecks. Come spring, A.P.C., Barbour, Mackintosh trenches, Tucker blouses and dresses, and Jil Sander will line the shelves.

    “For us, it’s about the edit...not the item.”

    Nov 24, 2010 | Permalink (23) View/Leave Comments

    Cal left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 6:04 PM:

    Beautiful job Ann! Wish I were closer to see it all in person. Take good care. xx

    The Broke Socialite left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 12:09 PM:

    LOVE Ann and the team! The shop is in our ‘hood. Can’t keep out of there.

    Laura left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 9:20 AM:

    I would love to shop Ann Mashburn online!  Noticed the website says it’s being updated.

    kathie left a comment on 11/28/2010 at 9:40 AM:

    @Megan - try ‘Summer is a Verb’ (summerisaverb.blogspot.com). While I, too, love Muffy Aldrich I often crave more ‘adventure’ in my wardrobe. You’ll definitely find that with Allie.

    allison Lees left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 11:14 AM:

    Your store looks great!

    bunny left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 12:30 AM:

    the store looks gorgeous. i love seeing creative peeps mood boards. the chic catherine deneuve photo is unexpected.  not a reference you hear much in prep.  should be used more :) classy like ann mashy is the highest compliment i can think of for a lady.

    Jesse Lyn left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 3:52 PM:

    I am in L-O-V-E! I will need to make a visit down South come summer to check out the lovely Mrs. Mashburns gorg store!!!  It appears simply perfect and immaculately put together. 

    Ps. Best blog for all things prep!!

    Grace left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 1:04 PM:

    My husband & I are both loyal Mashburn shoppers. Born & raised in R.I. we’ve been in Atlanta for 6 years (since we graduated from graduate school). It has been so exciting watching the Mashburns grow from small start up shop to national names.  Ann Mashburn is a smart & stylish woman.  I’m glad she is doing so well.  In a city filled with boutiques hers stands out amongst the rest.

    Campbell H K left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 12:10 PM:

    Wow, what a couple. I find the layout of each of the Mashburn stores to be almost as compelling as the clothes themselves.

    And I immediately have the hots for “Elizabeth”.

    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 11:01 AM:

    A shop as lovely as I imagined it would be. Great article, and the photos speak to the welcoming simplicity and softness of the space. Well done!

    ACH left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 10:25 AM:

    Just lovely.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 8:46 PM:

    What a wonderful space. Best wishes for great success to this addition to the Mashburn brand; great photos as usual.

    Megan left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 8:34 PM:

    Thank you F.E.C. for featuring the more feminine sides of prep. This seems like a perfect occasion to ask you a question that I have been trying to solve: Do you have any good recommendations for preppy blogs/sites that cater specifically or at least regularly to women? Obviously Muffy Aldrich’s site is a bible when it comes to wardrobe staples and essentials, but I have been looking for someone who offers advice geared toward a more adventurous and dare I say younger look. Any advice? And I also have to say that while I know your work is geared towards men, your attention to women is not only very appreciated but superb!

    Victoria left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 3:30 PM:

    Ah! Take me there. I would kill for more shops like this on the east coast, especially Rhode Island. Hardly anything unless you travel to Newport.

    Ps. Mason Pearson is the best hairbrush ever made, I’ve had mine for years. Yet to fail me.

    tammy left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 3:14 PM:

    I love the clean and simple look of the store.  It gives the impression that one is walking into the walking closet of your dreams.

    JFD left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 1:43 PM:

    That’s a very nice looking store. There used to be in our town several relatively small classy (kinda preppy) stores where my wife could buy wardrobe staples and some special things, all gently related to classic looks (shirtwaist dresses, shetland sweaters, loafers, blazers) and they’ve all gone now. There certainly is a place for this kind of thing—at least in our budget—but, if the market means anything, apparently there aren’t enough of us anymore for even larger cities to support such a place. That’s sad.

    Harriet Litzky left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 1:33 PM:

    You make me proud.
    Your Second Grade Teacher

    Natalie J. left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 1:23 PM:

    Born and raised in Atlanta for 25 years I can verify the necessity of a store such as this one. I wish this store has been open while I gathered my Georgia Tech degrees - it would have made my fashion transition from young adult to adult much more enjoyable! The sophistication and personally-garnered character of this store fills a much needed niche juxtaposed with the plentifully available larger retailers and “trendy,” but limited in terms of the classic style, boutiques already in Atlanta.

    Andy M. left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 12:23 PM:

    Nice to see the Mashburns continuing to get attention.  It’s a beautiful store; my girlfriend loved browsing there after my last trip to Sid.  As usual, I’m perplexed by LBF’s unrelenting negativity.  Perhaps this style of clothing is harder to come by in Atlanta than in other locales.  I can’t speak for women, but if local ladies feel the same way walking into Ann Mashburn as men do going into Sid, then I’m sure they greatly appreciate having this boutique available to them.

    The Boss left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 12:05 PM:

    “Our customers are women who want to look great, have some attention paid to them while they shop, and get some good advice if they need it.”—The operative word being “if” on the latter point.

    It’s wonderfully refreshing to see a women’s boutique that has a mutual respect for their customers.

    Kathie left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 11:40 AM:

    Women need another boutique like this. I see very classy, basic items. With a world full of H & M’s, J Crew going off the deep end and other retailers following suit it is extremely difficulty, not to mention exasperating to find decent clothing. I’ve even been disappointed in Brooks Brothers lately, and I feel like I meet myself coming and going in J.Laughlin and Lily.

    AWKeller left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 9:50 AM:

    I want to get up from my desk, get in my car, and drive to Atlanta to visit this store.  Right.  Now.

    Rashidi left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 8:48 AM:

    I saw some bags on my last visit that I think the lady might like for Christmas. Great pics.


  • Boast

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    Boast, the celebrated east coast racquet sports brand, recently announced the relaunch of its signature polo, featuring the iconic Japanese Maple leaf logo. Though most simply saw it as a discreet symbol of irreverence, it reminded some of cannabis. In fact, one school board tried to have the brand banned. No memory of ever having pulled one on? Not a huge surprise. The signature polo created by Bill St. John in 1973 was previously sold only in pro shops.

    St. John, an All American squash player at Cornell, started Boast with a couple of college friends, peddling shirts and shorts from his station wagon at country clubs all over the American Northeast. Within a few years Boast was a fixture on players from the Ivy League to the Pro Circuit—worn by squash teams, like Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. It was a shirt for iconoclasts, men not beholden to tradition; men like Conners and McEnroe.

    “There’s no uniform in tennis—when you walk on a court you don’t lose your personality, you express it.”

    —Bill St. John

    Images via Boast and Sara Carpeaux

    Since its founding, Boast has fit in anywhere from the country club to the night club. Today, I’m as comfortable on the court in mine (although my game is laughable) as I am at the Local Natives show. The super soft and durable Boast pique polo is available for $68 and can be purchased, along with the navy blazer handmade by Mr. Ned, at BoastUSA.com.

    Nov 23, 2010 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    dan left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 10:56 AM:

    awesome pic of W…extra points b/c it may have even been before he became governor/president/commander in frat

    the cake is a lie left a comment on 11/27/2010 at 2:24 AM:

    Ah, I love the W. scene. While we can argue over whether their political life was good/bad, we can all agree, they were 100% NE Blue-Bloods and they pulled it off good.

    bunny left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 12:33 AM:

    fun post. the photos are put together like a dream. dubya never looked better.

    M.M.G. left a comment on 11/23/2010 at 4:39 PM:

    The first photo is awesome.  Exactly the look I’ve been going for.  Thanks for all the inspiring looks.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/23/2010 at 3:10 PM:

    Your work gets better every time you publish. Read it twice, its so enjoyable a couple days before holiday to be reading about tennis courts and polos!

    john lexington left a comment on 11/23/2010 at 3:10 PM:

    good news! used to wear boast on the tennis court back in the 80’s. i wondered what had happened, glad to see it again! great post!

    AWKeller left a comment on 11/23/2010 at 1:19 PM:

    Nicely played, FEC!  I especially love the W and Laura shot in the mix.  Beautiful!


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