• National Lampoon’s Animal House

    Culture | Prep Essentials  

    You have four years to be irresponsible. If you’re ambitious, five. Then it’s over. And if you did it right, you spent money you didn’t have, slept through classes you didn’t love, and drank too much. Some of it should be a blur. Ideally, you forged bonds that will never be broken and memories that will never be forgotten. That’s college. Few films capture that...potential...quite like National Lampoon’s Animal House. Released in 1978, it is considered one of the greatest comedy films ever made. In fact, in 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National film Registry.

    The lighting in a bottle that is Animal House was made possible by the hands-off approach of Universal Pictures. Although they landed Donald Sutherland, the low budget comedy lacked sufficient star power. The suits didn’t have high expectations. In the words of studio head Ned Tanen, “Screw it, it’s a silly little movie, and we’ll make a couple of bucks if we’re lucky—let them [director John Landis and crew] do whatever they want.” Well, that couple of bucks turned out to be $141million. The film became a true cultural phenomenon setting off toga parties at campuses across the country.

    The heart of Deborah Nadoolman’s costume design was quickly overshadowed by the widespread adoption of the sheet-wearing ritual. Madras shirting, satin baseball jackets, Jennings’ three piece corduroy suit, and Bluto’s iconic “COLLEGE” sweatshirt lent an uniquely American texture to the film. She showcased the marriage between sportswear and clothing that a post-war American youth pioneered. Looking at menswear’s landscape today, it’s quite obvious that Nadoolman’s rich work is, in large part, why Animal House holds “aesthetic significance.” I have pulled together a collection* of pieces I found on eBay inspired by the classic comedy. Follow me on eBay to check out the rest of my shoppable collections at prices that allow you to be, well, a little irresponsible.

    *My eBay Collection was created as part of my collaboration with eBay and Style Coalition #FOLLOWFINDIT

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    Aaron left a comment on 11/12/2013 at 4:03 PM:

    Many forget this amazing film was filmed on the campus of the University of Oregon… Campus obviously has changed quite a bit.

    Meg left a comment on 11/11/2013 at 10:56 AM:

    Easily one of my favorite movies.  This post made my day.  Thanks, Fred!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/8/2013 at 8:46 AM:

    @Alex—Right on.

    Alex left a comment on 11/8/2013 at 8:42 AM:

    It’s great to see these looks aren’t dated at all. The movie is set in 1962, right? Except for a detail or two, these guys would look as good in 1962 as they would in 2013.

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  • Work Up a Sweat

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: effective layering is about more than just warmth—keep it interesting by mixing up fabrics, colors, textures, and patterns. Fleece pants outside the house are easily worn when cut to sit closer to your body. Ribbed cuffs at the ankles are ideal.

    Ebbets Field Flannels Brooklyn Eagles ball cap
    • Randolph Engineering aviators
    Gloverall mid length duffle coat
    • Boast warm-up jacket
    • Ralph Lauren flannel
    • Ralph Lauren cotton cricket sweater
    • Saturdays NYC fleece pant
    • Vintage Susan Bennis Warren Edwards lizard tassel loafers

    Oct 28, 2013 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    Mike left a comment on 11/7/2013 at 10:54 AM:

    If loafers are for loafing, I wonder what that says about my blucher moccasins.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 6:37 PM:

    @Chenners—It was Glenn O’Brien who said, “Loafers are for loafing. And tasseled loafers are for class-conscious loafers.”

    Chenners left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 6:33 PM:

    Tassel loafers with sweatpants? Didn’t someone once say “form follows function, everything else is just trying too hard”?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 5:34 PM:

    @Brock—About 40 degrees.

    Brock left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 5:32 PM:

    Looking good! How cold is it up there, though? I’d be sweating like crazy with all those layers, even in 40 degree weather. (If that’s the point, fair enough.)

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 4:39 PM:

    @Roger C. Russell II—This particular coat is their mid length Monty. I picked this up brand new on eBay. I believe the previous owner bought it from England.

    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 4:33 PM:

    I really like the Gloverall. Is that particular coat their original military version. I know that Montgomery wore one that color. Also, did you get the coat in the United States?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 4:20 PM:

    @JHB—Why not worn under the flannel? Just because an item has a zipper does not necessarily mean it has to be worn as outerwear. It’s ok to wear your clothes with a little…what’s the word…imagination.

    JHB left a comment on 11/6/2013 at 4:17 PM:

    Why is the warm up jacket worn under the flannel?  The look seems to lack function covering up the zipper on the jacket in such a way.

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  • Father’s Office

    Food & Drink  

    Tucked away in a dark, crowded American gastropub in Santa Monica is the one burger I go out of my way for when I'm in L.A. The gospel served on a soft roll. It’s simply a patty of fine dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and Maytag cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon compote, and arugula. A local and self-proclaimed foodie introduced me to the joint back in 2007. Every time this burger hits my lips, I crown it "Best Burger…Ever.” Every time.

    Welcome to Father’s Office.

    The nationally acclaimed gastropub is helmed by Chef Sang Yoon. The Korean/Russian restauranteur took over the tiny, unpretentious local bar in 2000, opened the kitchen, and gifted the much touted “Office Burger” ($12.50) to Angelenos. Known for its world-class selection of beers on tap (a seasonally rotating selection of 36 craft beers) and burgers, the Office is just as notorious for what it doesn’t have—ketchup and empathy for your menu substitutions. Hey, Yoon’s genius is not without its madness. But he does us one better with two aioli sauces of garlic and blue cheese for your sweet potato fries. In a single epiphanic moment, the very idea of ketchup becomes foreign. Baptize it all in one of the local microbrews and consider it a religious experience.

    Father's Office
    1018 Montana Avenue
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Oct 25, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 1:42 PM:

    @Al—It’s a different burger than Mr. Bartley’s. The Office Burger borders gourmet more or less. Different class of burger, making them hard to compare.

    Al left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    Sounds good, but is it better than Mr. Bartley’s in Cambridge? That’s an epic burger.

    Paul left a comment on 12/26/2013 at 11:38 AM:

    Your writing is off the hook.

    George left a comment on 12/25/2013 at 3:09 AM:

    I’m glad to know that you make it out this way from time to time. Enjoy the sun, avoid the nuts and flakes, and maybe get up north a little to San Francisco. Best Wishes.


  • Barrett Crake


    Last week while in L.A., I shot a fashion editorial with actor/model Barrett Crake. We lounged around on a lazy California morning chipping golf balls with coffee and cigarettes and then headed to Pann's for brunch. These are some of my favorites.

    Photographs: F.E. Castleberry
    Styling: F.E. Castleberry
    Model: Barrett Crake
    Wardrobe: Polo Coat by Ralph Lauren, boxer by Sleepy Jones, sunglasses by Garrett Leight for Boast, tee-shirt by Saint James, captain's hat by Art Caps (vintage), watch by Omega (vintage), watchstrap by Smart Turnout.

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  • O Captain, My Captain


    This is one of my favorites from the fashion editorial shoot I photographed while in L.A. Barrett, an actor and model, is currently chasing his dream in Hollywood. Fun fact: He and I grew up in the same small Texas town.

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