• Reiss Personal Tailoring


    Alex McCart walks into the Reiss on Bleecker St. moments after hopping off a jet plane from London. In a black turtleneck and speckled grey tweed one button jacket hugging his rail thin frame, he is impeccably relaxed yet put together. McCart is the gentleman who heads up the personal tailoring program for Reiss back in the UK. He is in town this afternoon to introduce Reiss’ personal tailoring initiative stateside…and to size me up.

    Few things in life are more luxurious or uniquely personal than a tailor made suit. The Reiss Personal Tailoring experience is a manageable seventeen stage process which ensures every detail is explored to craft your perfect suit. It allows the client to become the designer in choosing every detail from fabric, styling, lining, and trims. After a conversation about what I have in mind, Alex and I flip through his swatch book judiciously fingering flannels, tropical wools, tweeds—weighing the pros and cons of each that catch my eye.

    Reiss’ point of view is expectedly British—buttoned up, a little shoulder, refined yet modern. I have been daydreaming about a double-breasted suit for some time. And while convention is to opt for a dark solid in your first silhouette of anything, I'm feeling bold. Now seems as good as time as any to go for it—after all, it’s going to fit like a glove. I land on a tropical wool Glen Urquhart plaid. The jacket* boasts a half canvas, peak lapels, a red undercollar melton, surgeon’s cuffs with a red contrast stitch buttonhole and my initials embroidered on the inside near the hip. I finish off the trousers with side adjusters and a 1.5” cuff.

    The experience ranges from $995-$1695, depending on fabric selection and options like adding a waistcoat. After your first consultation and a couple fittings, your suit is ready to wear after five weeks. It is the pinnacle of dressing for the gentleman who appreciates Reiss' modern British point of view. For me, I love dressing mine down a bit with a lived-in pair of selvedge denim and English benchmade shoes.

    *courtesy of Reiss

    Apr 21, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • The Grog Tray

    Food & Drink | Prep Essentials  

    Drinking out is kind of a luxury. Think about it. A decent scotch will run about $14 a pour. Toss back three of those and you might as well have picked up your own bottle. Enter drinking at home. Not only is it economical (we like economical), but it's as good an excuse as any to fill your home with friends while also setting up your own home bar. It was William Morris who held, "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." We tend to agree—and a grog tray is both. What began strictly as a scotch bar has grown to include rum (El Dorado is a fantastic and not too sweet sipping rum), small-batch bourbon, rye whiskey, and chocolate.

    As with most things in your home, your bar should reflect your own style and tastes. Make it personal. Stock it with your favorite spirits. I gravitate toward the contradiction between masculine and feminine, old and new, and high and low in my personal style. For me, it's about the mix.

    One reason I love this mirrored grog tray and polished chrome stand is because it has a feminine refinement to it. It's very Upper East Side and lends a touch of nouveau preppy—a stark contrast to my red-blooded liquor tastes. The paper coasters I lifted from a memorable night at The Bowery Hotel, the quahog shell from Narragansett Beach holds match boxes from my favorite bars, while loving cups not only hold chocolate bars and wooden arrows (summer camp nostalgia) but evoke an air of victorious celebration...all memories worth raising a glass to.

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  • April 2014 Playlist

    Music & Books  

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  • Rowing Blazers Pre-Order

    Music & Books  

    I am thrilled to finally reveal the US and UK edition covers of Rowing Blazers, the forthcoming book I have been working on with author Jack Carlson for over three years. It will feature, what I believe to be, some of my best portrait photographs to date. I am really proud of the work Jack and I have created here and I can't wait to share it with you all.

    Jack Carlson has represented the United States at the World Rowing Championships and raced for Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races. In 2013, he coxed three different boats to first place finishes in all three of the traditional international rowing regattas: the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta. The guy's amazing. A Boston native and an archaeologist by training, Jack is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University. It is Jack's immersion in the rowing culture that granted us uninhibited access behind the closed doors of this beautiful sport.

    Rowing Blazers is now available for pre-order. If you're in the U.S., you can pre-order a signed copy at a special price here. And if you're outside of the US, you can pre-order from the Henley Royal Regatta Shop, whose proceeds go to the Stewards' Charitable Trust in support of youth rowing programs.

    Tell your family, friends, and enemies. Thank you to each and every athlete who sat in front of my lens and to Jack for his vision and passion for this project.

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    Al left a comment on 7/17/2014 at 12:01 PM:

    Fred, do the US and UK editions feature different photographs, or do they just have different covers?

    Joey Dee left a comment on 5/21/2014 at 4:58 PM:

    Consider this the beginning of holiday shopping for friends & family.
    If a book tour is in order, please consider stopping by Sarasota!

    The very best to you Fred!

    cathyw58jqobmhi left a comment on 4/29/2014 at 10:21 AM:

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    Jamie left a comment on 4/23/2014 at 12:55 PM:

    When do your 2014 interns start?

    MS left a comment on 4/15/2014 at 4:58 PM:

    Mazel Tov, FEC!

    Makaga left a comment on 4/11/2014 at 4:00 PM:

    Congrats!  Stoked for you and this book.  Will there be any book signing events in Brooklyn (Park Slope even?) or Manhattan?

    Bree left a comment on 4/10/2014 at 9:23 PM:

    Cannot wait to display my copy proudly!

    Tiff left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 6:22 PM:


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 5:21 PM:

    @Victoria—At least two I think…definitely one from what I can immediately recall.

    Lawrence left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 4:55 PM:

    I can’t wait.

    Victoria left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 4:23 PM:

    Can’t wait! How many dogs feature in Rowing Blazers?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 1:25 PM:

    @Lenny—I hope you enjoy it as much as I did photographing it.

    Lenny left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 1:23 PM:

    Finally! You’ve been teasing us with photos and details of your adventures shooting for this book for a long time. I’ve been waiting for the day I can get my hands on a copy. Congrats sir! It looks like a masterpiece.