• The Shoemaker and the Tailor


    Run Productions, a video production company based in the heart of London, created a series of visual portraits of Clarks crafts-men and paralleled them with similar crafts such as tailoring, bookbinding, and a surfboard maker. This portrait in their Art of Craft series weaves the stories of a Clarks shoemaker with a Henry Poole & Co. tailor. The skill, hard labor, and love that goes into their crafts is unrivaled by few. Clarks' desert boot is a menswear classic—I wear a couple pair in chocolate and tan suede. English shoemakers since 1825, they are still family-owned to this day. That in and of itself is a testament to the commitment and art of a craft.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    George Robinson left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 10:00 PM:

    I’m sorry for posting twice, but “you never are your very best, you’re always heading toward it.” Man, if this doesn’t hit you, go sell insurance.

    George Robinson left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 9:57 PM:

    Stunningly compelling. Stunningly compelling. I wish I could say something else, but I can’t.


  • My Little Ponies

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Stanfordville, NY

    Noteworthy: I loved that this New York socialite still gets dressed even while on her farm—scarf and round sunglasses included. She's also a mean bridge player.

    Jun 26, 2013 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

    Culture | Sports  

    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

    Jun 24, 2013 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 5:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.

    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 3:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?

    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 7:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.

    Ian left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 2:31 PM:

    Use my discount code ian2 for 10% storewide at the frat collection- also know as fraternity collection . com!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 10:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.

    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 11:52 AM:

    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35

    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 10:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.

    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 6:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?

    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.

    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 6:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates

    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 1:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


  • Mint Condition

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Pine Plains, NY

    Noteworthy: Belgians (sans socks, of course), dusty pastels.

    Jun 21, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Glenn left a comment on 7/3/2013 at 7:59 AM:

    That’s great summer look! I wear my belgians all summer long!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/2/2013 at 3:45 PM:

    @Mike Mason— Yes sir.

    Mike Mason left a comment on 7/2/2013 at 12:40 PM:

    He looks very familiar- Jack from your “Three’s Company” post? He seems to love the mint-hued pants, and the belt is a nice complement.

    cam left a comment on 7/2/2013 at 12:38 PM:

    mr. castleberry, consistently solid looks as of late.

    “no no no, there’s two L’s in Millbrook boys” (my lame Top Gun reference for the day)

    Andrew left a comment on 7/2/2013 at 11:10 AM:

    The people behind him are like “daaaaaaamn…” The woman even tilted her sunglasses down to get a better look!


  • Sucker

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Pine Plains, NY

    Noteworthy: well-tailored seersucker blazer, no break in GTH pants, tobacco suede tassel loafers (suede—no matter the color—is great for summer).

    Jun 19, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Andrew left a comment on 7/2/2013 at 11:09 AM:

    I agree with Cam. This is an awesome look and his clothes fit well.

    cam left a comment on 7/1/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    Mr. Castleberry, this is a nice shot indeed. loving the loafers and the blazer.


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