• The ACK Pack


    It's been a good summer. The inaugural internship program has been a lot of work as we've been toiling away on content for Unabashedly Prep, photo shoots, and the launch of the e-commerce shop. We feel pretty good about it so far. I've got a good group of kids from NYU, SUNY, Georgia Tech, and a couple Ivies writing, curating content, assisting on photo shoots—they'll certainly be missed as August quietly slips out the back.

    But before that happens, we moved the office up to Nantucket for the week. Mackenzie has been a gracious host to what has become a welcome respite from the Manhattan heat wave of 2013 (it's perfect here now—highs of 75). A little work, a little play, a little work, and it goes on. The two ebb and flow into each other throughout the day. It's an idyllic balance. Katie, Alex, Jocelyn, and Aliana all meet the island for the first time. They may be falling in love. Tucker is chained to the city for a FBI background check in order to get his Spanish visa to study abroad in the fall. No one feels sorry for him. He’s going to Spain...for a year. Alright, enough work, we're off to sail.

    Jul 8, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/9/2013 at 12:56 AM:

    Can’t wait for your ecommerce shop. Always a pleasure to escale for a minute, and read U P

    M Martinez left a comment on 8/5/2013 at 9:31 PM:

    Will you be accepting applications for summer internships next year?

    Dana Dickenson left a comment on 8/4/2013 at 9:58 AM:

    Lifelong, hopeless prep! Love your site”

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/3/2013 at 6:18 PM:

    @JDT—Taking applications starting Monday. Email résumés to fred@fecastleberry.com.

    JDT left a comment on 8/3/2013 at 5:48 PM:

    When will you be taking applications for summer 2014 internships?


  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    Music & Books  

    One of my favorite things to do in New York is pop into an independent bookstore and walk out with the first three titles that grab my eye. Yes, I’m knowingly overpaying for titles (thank you, Amazon) but I tell myself that I’m paying for the experience of discovery. Overnight it seems I’ve become a voracious reader. It’s the subways here. Spend two hours a day on a train and see how long it takes for your “incredibly original” band’s new album to get old. I’ll spare you the social experiment—it’s three days.

    I judge books by their covers. It may not be fair but it’s the world we live in—first impressions are everything (the occasional insufferable meth-head zombie thriller being only of little consequence to this approach). Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is beautiful—on the inside and out. Mason Currey brilliantly compiles and edits vignettes of writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptor, filmmakers, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations.

    Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) had to have a stiff drink before she began writing. She kept a bottle of vodka by her bedside, reaching for it as soon as she woke and marking the bottle to set her limit for the day. F. Scott Fitzgerald, although, eventually concluded the contrary—”It has become increasingly plain to me that the very excellent organization of a book does not go well with liquor.” Capote couldn’t write unless he was lying in bed, and with a coffee and cigarette in hand at that. Picasso would shut himself in his studio at 2p.m. and typically paint until dusk. Hemingway wrote standing up at a typewriter resting on top of a chest-high bookshelf (and no, contrary to popular lore, he did not begin each session by sharpening twenty number-two pencils). George Gershwin composed at his piano in his pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers—a fitting uniform considering he typically worked for twelve hours or more a day.

    If you're a freelance creative, Daily Rituals is a magically inspiring read. There’s a calming sense of relief discovering your routine is not all that different from the greats who came before. Hell, you might realize you're the weird one for not being more eccentric.

    Jul 5, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Leith left a comment on 8/5/2013 at 1:27 PM:

    “I’m paying for the experience of discovery.”  Best quote I’ve seen in awhile.  Looking forward to the read.  Love tips on new books!  http://outsidelanddiaries.blogspot.com


  • Icons of Style: Francoise Hardy


    In her closet: Trench coats (and trench coats with fur!), Shetland sweaters, riding boots, floral trousers, bold striped dress, fur coat

    Iconic look: Trench coat, bangs

    Key accessories: Large sunglasses, cheetahs

    Thing you can't imitate: The air of je ne sais quoi about her

    Jul 3, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    M Arthur left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 11:01 PM:

    FE:  I said a weekend with Francoise, not 15 days of this same post! :)

    Stacy left a comment on 7/24/2013 at 4:38 PM:

    As a 50+ year old reader, I would have appreciated some shots of her as she appears now. Her style is so lovely these days—still classic. It shows people can wear clothes well at any stage of life.

    Bess left a comment on 7/21/2013 at 11:47 PM:

    absolutely in love with the stripes.

    M Arthur left a comment on 7/18/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    AbFab shot win the stripes!!  Would have loved a long weekend with her in Capri…..

    Vic Delta left a comment on 7/18/2013 at 10:51 AM:

    Watch and learn America!
    She stole her scene in “Grand Prix.”
    Her song in “Moonrise Kingdom” soundtrack is delightful.

    George left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 3:45 PM:

    Apart from her timeless, classic beauty, it’s her apparently distant, disaffected, “in-the-world-but-not-of-it” countenance. After reading her bio, this all makes sense. I wish her happiness in spades.

    Jay B left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 1:07 PM:

    It doesn’t hurt that she is stunningly beautiful


  • Bang-Bang!

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: bangs, striped nailhead canvas shorts, simple summer uniform. Alex is one of my summer interns and has this quirky but classic personal style.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Permalink (17) View/Leave Comments

    Closet Confections left a comment on 7/16/2013 at 2:13 PM:

    Love it!  I’m usually not a fan of shorts in the city, but this look is classy, tasteful and totally appropriate for the sweltering heat we’ve been having.

    MGM left a comment on 7/13/2013 at 6:03 PM:

    Yes, these shorts are perfect.  And the outfit is just right.  Nice shot.  Good luck to the intern.

    George left a comment on 7/13/2013 at 2:52 PM:

    Nice finger.

    RA left a comment on 7/12/2013 at 5:24 AM:

    Can anyone say “young Jacqueline Bisset?”  Meow! Classic look, great bangs….the girls of summer!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 6:30 PM:

    @James—The job description for director of concept design, while extensive, didn’t disclose everything that job entails or the aspirations my boss had for the position.

    James left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 6:22 PM:

    @Fred—Thanks - that sounds like what it takes to land most jobs. Why doesn’t your Rugby JD mention anything about designing menswear? Appears it was more of a research/staging/store concept role, no?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 6:20 PM:

    @James—I speak only for myself: it takes ambition, drive, relationships, someone seeing something in you, timing, and a little luck.

    James left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 6:01 PM:

    How does one land a job at RL designing menswear with no previous menswear design experience to speak of?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 5:05 PM:

    @cam—I was designing menswear while at Ralph Lauren. Now, I’m doing my own thing. I’ll let the products speak for themselves.

    cam left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    mr. castleberry, this is interesting news (you being a fashion designer). i assumed you were a photographer. can you tell us more?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 4:56 PM:

    @Makaga—Her shorts are Madewell.

    @Hannah—I am a fashion designer and a photographer.

    Makaga left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 2:08 PM:

    Those are great shorts.  You don’t suppose Alex would share with us where she got them?  Thanks!

    Hannah left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 1:43 PM:

    What do your 5 interns do, exactly? What do you do, exactly?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 11:59 AM:

    @TBS—Yes, five currently for the summer.

    TBS left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 11:49 AM:

    you have interns?

    cam left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 9:34 AM:

    simple yet perfect

    Drew left a comment on 7/11/2013 at 9:08 AM:

    Looks great!


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