• Interviewed in Mar GQ Taiwan


    GQ Taiwan recently interviewed me for a piece they did on New Fashion Media in their recent March issue. While I can’t decipher the majority of the copy (yes, I tried Google Translate), I can share my unabridged answers to their questions below in English.

    Why did you start Unabashedly Prep?

    The underlying motivation for creating Unabashedly Prep was in essence two-fold. I wanted to create a place guys could learn more about preppy fashion while inspiring them to gravitate toward classic dressing.

    How would you describe your style?

    The obvious answer is that my style is, in essence, preppy. But it's really more than that. My sense of style revolves around a classic sensibility rooted in American sportswear. It's timeless and preppy...but worn with a wink.

    What is your ideal look for men today?

    My ideal look for today's guy is a mix of American sportswear with tailored clothing. It's that mix that exhibits a little imagination while projecting a casual confidence. American men, at times, have done this really well.

    To what would you contribute the success of Unabashedly Prep thus far?

    "Success" is different for each person. For me, the very definition of the word has changed more than 17 times over the four years I've been publishing it. It's certainly superseded any modest expectations I initially had. Looking back, I focused on content I was passionate about, quality imagery, frequent publishing. That apparently clicked with some people.

    Has your blog changed in any way since you started it?

    For the most part, Unabashedly Prep is essentially still the same blog I started in 2009. I've had to say "no" to scads of propositions but I'm happy with that.

    What is the most memorable thing that has happened in relation to your blog?

    The most memorable event that happened in relation to my blog was the opportunity to join Ralph Lauren as a director of concept design back in April of 2012.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    SPQR left a comment on 3/30/2013 at 10:20 AM:

    ahh….then well done!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2013 at 6:39 PM:

    @SPQR—They were not aware of my heritage until after the fact.

    SPQR left a comment on 3/29/2013 at 5:51 PM:

    Curious if they selected you in part because of your Taiwanese heritage?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/16/2013 at 1:54 PM:

    @Wayne—If my memory serves me correct, I wore brown snaffle bit loafers, sans socks of course.

    Wayne left a comment on 3/16/2013 at 1:42 PM:

    Curious what shoes you wore in that photo, killer look!

    Andrew left a comment on 3/14/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    Congrats on the well-spoken interview! As a long time reader, I hope it’s one of many.

    John left a comment on 3/13/2013 at 7:44 AM:

    Cool, I saw that issue on the shelf the other other day.

    Google Translate won’t be of any help. It’s bad enough for languages closely related to English, but with Chinese it will basically be gibberish. I actually do some work as a translator here in Taiwan, so get in touch if you’d like a translation.

    emjkmj left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 4:15 PM:

    @FEC, very cool…

    Saturdays left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 11:47 AM:

    Congrats on the feature, a shame they didn’t put you on the cover though.

    ; )


  • Crazy Saddles


    Not unlike most polarizing characters, Mark McNairy is an acquired taste. You either love him or hate him. Naturally, his fashion designs elicit a similar response. The former J.Press creative director launched Mark McNairy New Amsterdam in 2008 and has been unapologetically infusing streetwear into menswear ever since.

    Most of his creations embody a severe twist on preppy staples—white bucks with go-to-hell green soles, gingham button down shirts with "NEW YORK" emblazoned across the chest, camouflage print suede longwings. The majority of his offerings are not for me; however, these crazy saddle shoes I love—quirky, but still with a traditional silhouette. Each panel is a different, yet subtle, shade of brown leather and suede. McNairy's kicks are crafted by Sanders, located in Northampton, England. I've been lacing these up for the last three months—they go with everything, while keeping the "crazy" below the ankles.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Saturdays left a comment on 3/15/2013 at 12:01 AM:

    @Andrew - I don’t know about the chukkas, but from what I understand the oxfords are made by Sanders in UK. They are pretty reputable brand with good quality shoes and have a lot of life in them.

    Andrew left a comment on 3/14/2013 at 3:24 PM:

    Hey Fred,

    These look pretty awesome! I bought a pair of Mark Mcnairy chukka boots some time ago and the quality is awful. The soles wore down about half an inch after about 5 wears and the leather looked as if I left them out in a rainstorm. Do you know if this is common with his shoes? How’s the quality of these?


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 3:33 AM:

    Those are awesome! I own about 4 different pair of saddles. My fav style of walkers hands down!

    Dan left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 11:48 PM:

    Do they say Manifest Destiny on the sole? I’m playing of course, these shoes aren’t bad and I don’t begrudge you for posting about them, I just really can’t get behind McNairy after that debacle and his non-apology.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 10:31 PM:

    @Winston—I wear saddle shoes in the fall and winter.

    Bobby left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 9:42 PM:

    Long time reader, first time writer. I’ve got a pair of these as well that I’ve been breaking in recently. It definitely adds that extra bit of go-to-Hell attitude that’s needed for the southern coastal prep.

    Winston left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 7:45 PM:

    Do you wear saddle shoes year round?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    @Jane—Yes. Please keep in mind I only share things here that I personally own. Sometimes I am gifted product, but I am under no obligation to feature that here. If I do, it is because I wear the product(s) in question. I state this in my “about me” section.

    Jane left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 4:54 PM:

    Did you buy these with your own, hard earned money?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 4:12 PM:

    @John Paul—It is actually the other way around. Bowling shoes often mimic saddle shoes and other dress shoes. The “quirk” is that every panel of the shoe is a different shade/type of leather.

    John Paul left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 3:47 PM:

    They’re meant to look like bowling shoes, right?  That’s the “quirk”?


  • Pencil Me In

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: double-serge wool pencil skirt, pea coat worn over shoulders.

    Mar 1, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Dan left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 3:25 AM:

    Guys should learn a thing or two from this intelligently-attired lady: a jacket should have drape and swells. She is barely even wearing that coat, and yet it is still a fully three-dimensional garment.

    George left a comment on 3/11/2013 at 12:39 PM:

    Elegant simplicity of design wins again! Solid colors of quality design and material thoughtfully brought together by the scarf. Quite a nice ensemble. Of course, the legs and hair and eyes don’t hurt, either.

    Carla left a comment on 3/5/2013 at 6:38 PM:

    Great look—www.motownsavvy.com

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/4/2013 at 5:28 PM:

    @Joena—That bag is a vintage Coach bag…with feet.

    Joena left a comment on 3/4/2013 at 11:12 AM:

    Any idea where that bag is from? It is the perfect camel. Bonus: I think I spy feet.

    awkeller left a comment on 3/4/2013 at 10:46 AM:

    She looks lovely.  I’m particularly a fan of the bag and shoes.

    tartangirl left a comment on 3/2/2013 at 9:01 AM:

    Love it!


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