• Chasing the Charles


    No region of the U.S. rings in autumn quite like New England. Maybe it's the S-Classes, the asphalt, or the ambition that sedate us from fully realizing it in New York, but on this drive through Massachusetts, it hits you. Autumn is here, as if it has suddenly arrived. It didn’t ask you if you were done with summer. It didn't wait for you to lift your head up.

    I-95 cradles you between the Long Island Sound and a coastline of oak. I'm driving up with Boast for the Head of the Charles. As soon as we hit Beantown, we beeline for the narrow gas-lit streets of Beacon Hill. First stop, a regatta kickoff party at North River Outfitter. Dan, the northeast Boast sales rep, rolls up in what can only be described as a party van. Yeah, the exterior puts off a creepy child abductor vibe but once you throw the doors open, it's audiophile Heaven. Twin 14" subwoofers, a grip of speakers, and dual amps transform it into a giant boom box on wheels. Haim's "The Wire" starts to pulse through the Federal-style rowhouses. Now it's a party...

    I'm not sure how many whiskey rocks are guilty for my late morning but eventually I make it to Cambridge Boat Club sometime after 2:00pm. Lunch at the Director's Tent (here's to friends in high places—Jack's dad sits on the board of Head of the Charles) is reduced to Caesars salad and a slice of turkey breast. All the gourmet fare only lasts until 1:00 if you're lucky, but the open bar is still stocked. Sierra Nevada Stout please.

    Photographed by Amy Stone

    The rest of the afternoon is spent catching up with Kiel and his crew at their Brooks Brothers pop-up shop, enjoying the races, and hanging out with Carly and clique. All of which proves to be very entertaining. Case in point? Emily, never one to disappoint, shows off her dance moves to "Black Skinhead" after I take her picture.

    Dusk is let down over the Charles like house curtains. The thrill of victory lingering in the air alongside the agony of defeat long after the boats have been pulled from the water. Though it was a blast, I don’t stick around for Sunday. A wise man once said, “Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never, never be both.”

    Oct 7, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:26 PM:

    @Wayne—I’m wearing an anorak by Boast underneath my navy blazer.

    Wayne left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:20 PM:

    What combo do you have under that sports jacket?

    Alexander left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 11:28 PM:

    +1 to the Big Steezy. Love that striped sweater.

    TheBigSteezy left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 8:33 PM:

    Love your Boast striped sweater almost as much as I love her grey sweatshirt. Killing it.

    Envying your New England Autumn down here in Austin.


  • Ducks in a Row

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Boston, MA

    Noteworthy: over-sized men's cable knit sweater, waxed cotton Barbour (flipped collar). The "over-sized boyfriend" fit works here because she balances it out below by giving her legs shape with tights. You could just as easily wear this look with heels in the city.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Roger left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 7:59 PM:

    Notice the pads in the inner knee area. This young lady is obviously an equestrian. That lends a nice authenticity to her style. Fifteen minutes prior to this she probably had on riding boots.

    Al left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 3:52 PM:

    Great picture! Seemed like bean boots, Barbour jackets, and letter sweaters were THE things to be wearing at the regatta this weekend. Again, it was awesome meeting you this weekend!


    cam left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 12:37 PM:

    I saw all your pics from this event on Instagram and looked like a great event and a fun time.

    Off topic but I know you try out many brands and was wondering what chinos you’ve found to fit nearest to the Rugby university chinos? I just received a pair of Jack Wills and while the fabric, buttons and details are exceptional, the fit is a little to skinny. I’ve tried Lands End and Uniqlo but the quality isn’t there. J.Crew urban slim are pretty close and I haven’t tried the 484 fit but I’m guessing they’ll be to skinny as well. have u tried any of the Ralph Lauren slim chinos or do you have any recs? Thank you sir.

    AMS left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 12:24 PM:

    Love the unlaced bean boots. Girl’s got game.

    C left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 10:58 AM:

    Looking good Em!


  • Head of the Charles Regatta Kickoff


    It’s that time of the year again, when not only the leaves fall from such great heights but world class rowers from all over the world descend upon the Charles River. It is on this penultimate October weekend that the Head of the Charles Regatta unfolds. And over 300,000 people will be there for every stroke. It’s a good time. I’m heading up to Cambridge tomorrow morning with Boast for the festivities. For those of you who will be in Boston, North River Outfitter is hosting a Head of the Charles Kickoff on Thursday night from 4-9p.m. I’ll be around to talk menswear, the upcoming release of the coffee table book Rowing Blazers (featuring my photographs of world class rowing athletes, including the Dartmouth portrait above), or the best place to shop vintage in Boston. Come by for the complimentary Whale’s Tale if nothing else.

    Oct 2, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 11:33 PM:

    Having rowed myself, looking forward to the book.

    InVinoVeritas left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 9:41 AM:

    The HOTC is a world class event and is great fun for participants and sectors alike. The alumni reunions that take place along the banks of the Charles are particularly enjoyable. I for one will certainly be ther. However, unless you rowed in college, leave the rowing jacket at home.

    DCG left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 12:06 PM:

    As a companion piece for people interested in the subject, check out A History of Collegiate Rowing in America by Daniella Garran.  Well-researched with historical photos.  Also the fantastic cover art is by my mother Deborah.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 12:02 AM:

    @John—I’m not at liberty to say until the publishing deal is final.

    John left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 4:14 PM:

    Who’s publishing your book?!


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