• 27th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    It’s not even noon, and yet, half of the Long Island bound LIRR train is already lashed on mimosas and John Dalys. I’m getting there. We’re all hopping off at Old Westbury for the 27th Annual Harriman Cup, the alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia. Founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of polo and supporting the collegiate polo programs of Yale and UVA, the event has raised over $600,000 for the schools’ undergrad teams.

    The match has since served as a last ditch effort for Yale and UVA alum alike—and any family and friends really—to celebrate summer’s end in patchwork madras, pastels, and penny loafers. The after party alone is worth the trip. A live band and dancing breaks out on the tented dance floor amidst hopes of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right (now). Awards for best dressed, best hat, and best tailgate are doled out with tongue-in-cheek while UVA hoisted up the cup for the second year in a row, edging out Yale 6-5.

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 24, 2011 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 8:48 AM:

    Takes me back to college when I had time to play more and things were carefree, so fun!

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/1/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Makes a Virginian proud.

    Rhon left a comment on 10/28/2011 at 7:01 PM:

    This looks like a picture-perfect time.

    ian left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 9:01 PM:

    Love the Bernese Mountain Dog. wonderful dogs, but very short lived due to horrendous health issues. Such a shame.

    Lee Anne left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 3:37 PM:

    This post is top notch. Such a lively, fun collection of photos that definitely captures the nature of sport. Keep up the excellent work!

    Amy left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 8:45 AM:

    The pretty lady in the yellow striped dress is just DARLING!

    scaleworm left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 1:18 AM:

    Great images, Really, just Great shots here! Well done!

    ian left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 5:03 PM:

    the woman with the dog has a heart-melting smile.

    Max left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    Awesome set of pics.  As a general aside and correct me if I’m wrong - true prep style is casual, uncalculated, and effortless (i.e. “to the manor born, it’s just what you are”  and NOT studied… IMHO the aesthetic idea is very similar to the Italian notion of “sprezzatura”

    The girls…WOW.  Keep up the good work Fred, your blog rocks!

    A.U.G. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    I was here but unfortunately my means of chronicling (cell phone was not charged the night before).  -auniversitygent.blogspot.com

    Andy M. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 9:36 AM:

    Phenomenal group of pictures Fred!  This is probably my favorite post of all time on here.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    Superb collection of photos, FEC.

    I particularly like the shot of the blonde in the white trousers. Holy s*&$!! Please inform her that I’m single and strikingly good-looking. And, I live on the beach. ;-)

    Are you aspiring to be the Slim of our (decaying) times…?

    Tripp left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:45 PM:

    this looks like the best time ever. i want to be there. you really really captured the moment. i am so jealous

    Obadiah left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:02 PM:

    Richard of Wasp 101 informed us that Rugby has now provided you with a private plane and pilot. How was your luncheon at the cafe? Shall we look for their skull-and-bones logo on the dorsal fin?

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    I mean the blonde girls with the peace sign….

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:13 PM:

    Nice pictures! I like this a lot! Especially the girls in floral print dresses…

    dam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:57 PM:


    JIm Kelleth left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:30 PM:

    Re: The lady in the white trousers….  I’ll second that.

    cam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:17 PM:

    now THIS is unabashedly prep!

    trip left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    Wow, this may be one of the best series that you’ve done, Fred.

    Dan from England left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    The rear view of the lady in the white trousers is very nice, could we also see a front view please ?


  • The Rugby Tweed Run 2011

    Top Drawer | Style | Culture  

    It’s a brisk Saturday morning on the corner of University Place and East 12th. A quintessential autumn day in New York is the backdrop for the first ever Rugby Tweed Run. It’s as if Mother Nature herself registered to cycle around the Big Apple (it’s been raining the last two days). Every rendition of tweed imaginable, and interpretations I didn’t even think possible, mingle about in a sea of browns, olives, and grays. The first group of riders take off amidst the quizzical expressions of tourists and on-lookers.

    Live music and dancing breaks out on the corner of Rugby’s flagship shop, tea by Jeeves and Jericho and biscuits by Woolmark are served up while ice cream by Van Leeuwen is handed out freely. Prizes for best dressed and best mustache were awarded while Murdock Barbers provided barber grooming and Brooks polishing for their beloved saddles.

    The Tweed Run began as a group bicycle ride through the center of London, where cyclists were expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire. Since its inaugural ride three years ago, various other tweed rides, adopting a similar format have popped in other cities including Chicago, Sydney, Tokyo, Boston Pescara (Italy), and Florence among others. Rugby not only designed a capsule collection for The Rugby Tweed Run but brought the metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style to New York.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 17, 2011 | Permalink (31) View/Leave Comments

    caren left a comment on 1/7/2012 at 5:10 PM:

    Came across your post via Pinterest & am just mad about all the tweedy goodness here! Love the style.

    Jen Whalen left a comment on 11/10/2011 at 5:27 PM:


    New York Muhtari left a comment on 10/31/2011 at 7:55 AM:


    I was looking at the Rugby event photos and come across your website. I loved all your photos but I could not help but notice that we took similar shots. (yours are more beutiful I might add).


    josh left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    I retract my earlier comment, I was being a snobby loser. these lads and ladies are just dressing up and having a good time together, and some of those outfits are spectacular

    Z. left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 2:52 AM:

    Nice blog.

    josh left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 2:44 PM:

    Love the tweed and wool sweaters, but I can’t help but feel this is just “steam punk” for hipsters

    Kayra Lee Velez left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 8:53 AM:

    What a great marriage of two things I really like! I’m a big supporter of inner-city cycling as a form of alternative commute, and I’m also a huge fan of preppy style! Great job capturing the event, Fred!

    Bevin Elias left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 9:02 AM:

    I am beyond upset I was out of town for this, It looks like stills of scenes of a great directed motion picture. Fred when you get tired of this I can’t wait for your documentaries it’s only right.

    kelvin left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:49 PM:

    Great pics. Sure looks like fun! Fashion.Nostalgia all rolled into one. Luv the last pic! Thx for sharing.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 9:31 PM:

    Very cool.


    Lydia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 10:20 PM:


    Olivia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:03 PM:

    Wow… I walk by Rugby every.single.day. and I can’t believe I wasn’t even remotely aware of this taking place! Shame on me.

    Awesome job as usual, Fred!

    cam left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 4:33 PM:

    Great coverage FEC. For those bashing a great charity event, maybe you should check out The Tweed Run website that FEC linked.

    khordkutta left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 3:06 PM:

    Looks like ALOT of fun.  some nicely dressed folks paying homage to a time period.  Especially dig the phot of the family,  Who Doesnt Like a party?!?!

    Tim left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 2:59 PM:

    very impressive shots and looks

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    @DBCC the Run in Tweed Run is more akin to the ‘Cannonball Run’ as in a race or errand.
    The fact people are wearing tweed for cycling (plus fours etc) is due to the fact that this attire was traditional for cycling back when it was a modern fad

    James left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 11:56 AM:

    Amazing photos! I really wish that we did that in Denver.

    DBCC left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 11:24 AM:

    @FEC, as always, great photos.  I’m feeling a lot of these looks, especially the father wearing the scarf/ascot.  However, why was it called a Tweed “Run” when the participants were not running, they were cycling?  Lastly, seems forced to ride a bike in tweed, that’s what spandex is for.  Maybe a picnic or parade would have been more in line.

    KRH left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:51 AM:

    I miss NY. I miss no matter cooky or whacky and idea is, it is embraced by NYers in the attempt to experiment and accept the different and the unique.  People brought together, sharing a common interest and looking darn spiffy in the process!

    Makaga left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:38 AM:

    Thanks for the fun photos (and for the nice photo of me the moment after downing a sip from my friend’s flask!)

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    So many great shots, lovely work as always. It’s such a delight to see so many in New York dressed in such a British way. Tweed all round :) Now I’m just waiting our turn here in London

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:33 AM:

    Looks like it was a blast…  The DC Tweed Run from the photo’s I’ve seen in the past seems to be much more conservative.  The West Village was definitely representing here.

    Paul left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:03 AM:

    Your photos are absolutely amazing!

    bucephalus left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 6:52 AM:

    The nose ring guy has some great tweed on.

    James left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:33 PM:

    Great photos FEC. Almost transports me to another time, one in which I was not alive for. Wish I had been there just to witness it in person. Thanks for sharing.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:27 PM:

    Nice pictures; I’ve always wanted to go to a Renaissance fair.

    y l hollander left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:17 PM:

    Tremendous photos. What a scene! I’m definitely living in the wrong city.

    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:06 PM:

    Epitome of cool.

    AEV left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:59 PM:

    Cool images, but this is totally lost on me as an event.

    meg left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:57 PM:

    I can’t decipher whether I just looked at an extremely preppy event or a hipster version of the Portobello Road scene in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

    Chase left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:35 PM:

    Great photos Fred. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the Tweet run, but it seems like a lot of the participants pushed it up to 11 and it didn’t always work. Nonetheless, the event seemed like a lot of fun. Wish I’d been in NYC to participate.


  • Greetings from Newport


    A very good friend of mine passed this postcard along to me after my recent visit to The Breakers. Sent only 18 years after the mansion was completed, the Jamestown postmark reveals it’s nearly a century old. The postcard announces The Breakers as the “residence of Countess Széchényi”. By1913, that was certainly the case. Countess Széchényi (née Gladys Vanderbilt) was the Vanderbilt’s youngest daughter. Though she died in 1965, her daughter, Countess Sylvia Szapáry, maintained residence at her grandparent’s summer “cottage”, The Breakers, until March 1, 1998.

    Aug 31, 2011 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    RobertCH left a comment on 9/12/2011 at 3:16 PM:

    Gladys and Paul Szapary, Sylvia’s children, still occupy the private 3rd floor of the house and own all the content on display at the Breakers.

    Tim left a comment on 9/4/2011 at 6:13 PM:

    Very Nice.  I love finding things like this.  I would give anything to live in that time instead of in our time.  Nice post

    Jim Kelleth left a comment on 9/4/2011 at 5:27 AM:

    Seeing ‘R.F.D.’ on this card takes me back to Jamestown in the ‘50s and early ‘60s (summers).  To make a call, you picked up the phone, the operator said, “Number please” and you gave her the three digit number.  Thanks.


  • The Breakers


    If there is a single summer home that effectively serves as a monument to the Gilded Age, that home is The Breakers. The term was first coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today in an effort to mock the ostentatious display of wealth by playing on the term “golden age.” Such rapid accumulation of wealth will likely never be witnessed again as the personal fortunes of the 1870s and 1880s were not subject to an income tax.

    I recently toured this breath-taking relic of a by-gone era while in Newport for a stint. The great hall immediately swallows you in a sea of disbelief—disbelief that such an array of fabrics, stones, precious metals, and craftsmanship could be conceived, much less summoned in less than two years. Entire rooms were designed and built in shops of European craftsmen, including Allard and Sons of Paris, and then shipped to Newport for reassembly. Built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II (worth more than $70 million) and his family, The Breakers was modeled after the Renaissance palaces of Turin and Genoa. Its 65,000 square foot gait was fashioned to entertain. Ironically, the Vanderbilts weren’t particularly noted for their entertaining. In fact, they weren’t particularly noted for having lived in the summer home much at all as Vanderbilt suffered a stroke and died shortly after The Breakers’ completion.

    The Preservation Society of Newport County currently owns The Breakers. The non-profit’s collection includes 11 historic sites in an ongoing effort to protect, preserve, and present one of the most historically intact cities in America.

    The most striking feature of the library is the great stone chimney piece, originally from a French chateau.

    A portrait of Commodore Vanderbilt, the grandfather of the owner of The Breakers, is on the far wall.

    The music room, constructed in Paris by Jules Allard and shipped to Newport, was the scene of recitals and dances.

    Images via The Preservation Society of Newport County

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's room features French furnishings selected by the decorator Ogden Codman and portraits of Mrs. Whitney and her daughter.

    Aug 24, 2011 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Robin left a comment on 7/13/2013 at 11:46 PM:

    I think its all lovely…thank you for sharing.

    Ann left a comment on 2/4/2012 at 4:06 PM:

    I went here for the summer with my cousins! Beautiful place!
    The pictures you took are set at an extravagant angle! It is simply eye-catching and riveting :)
    However were you granted permission to take pictures inside the mansion? I know there’s a ‘no taking pictures inside’ rule…

    Scarlet left a comment on 1/25/2012 at 2:37 AM:

    Very beautiful architecture. Looks like something out of a fairy tale. :D Wow!

    Walter left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 8:01 AM:

    The coverage of house is fine. I don’t know the purpose of the piece it does seem a bit out of place on this site to me. What I do find disturbing and distracting are the number of people who find what clearly appears to me to be the desperate need to either promote their degrees (no one cares) or their personal fantasies (no one cares) instead of comment on the piece at hand.

    Edward left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 7:46 AM:

    How sad how many dreamers this lifestyle solicites.

    bucephalus left a comment on 9/3/2011 at 3:28 PM:

    The interior décor of Breakers is not more elaborate or gaudy than your typical Bavarian or Austrian Baroque church, let alone Versailles.  But what makes it seem so shocking and overwhelming is that it’s in the United States where one expects a certain amount of Puritan understatement even in the stateliest (classic) mansions.  I’m wondering, is there another Gilded Age mansion that’s as ornate inside ?  Biltmore isn’t, nor the other Vanderbilt mansion in Hyde Park, NY.

    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/3/2011 at 1:22 AM:

    It’s beautiful, but at the same time, intimidating. I can’t even imagine living in a place like that. Look at that ballroom! Why, no matter what you wore, you’d clash with it!

    JMW left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 10:13 PM:

    Old Westbury is so much nicer.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 6:36 PM:

    As someone who holds a degree in finance, I’m not even all that interested in conversing about historic income tax law.  Imagine how eager the rest are.

    bucephalus left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 6:28 PM:

    The federal corporate income tax was enacted several times in the 19th century, but it did not survive constitutional challenges.  It took the 16th amendment to the Constitution—the same one which allowed the personal income tax—to empower the federal government to tax corporate income.  In other words, robber baron corporations like Standard Oil or Carnegie Steel or J P Morgan & Co. basically paid no federal income tax.  There were state taxes, but these were risibly small.

    Modern financial engineering is not relevant.  The fortunes of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett aren’t built on terribly complex products.  They are built on massively appreciated common and preferred stock.

    DJ left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 2:41 PM:

    Hmmm…long term capital gains are indeed taxed at 15%, but for the highest tax bracket, any short-term CG’s are taxed at 35%.  And yes, the fortunes of many of the Robber Barons were accumulated through personal income as much of the financial engineering and/or many of today’s modern electronic-marketplace derived products had not yet been developed.  It was much safer and lucrative to take the personal “income” then rather than to leave it subject to corporate taxation (which did exist then).

    JC left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 10:01 AM:

    Less than half the size of the “other” Vanderbilt abode in Asheville, NC.

    bucephalus left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 1:43 AM:

    “Such rapid accumulation of wealth will likely never be witnessed again as the personal fortunes of the 1870s and 1880s were not subject to an income tax.”

    Actually, the accumulation of wealth in the Gilded Age has nothing to do with the lack of an income tax.  In fact, most fortunes TODAY are not subject to income tax, because the wealth of billionaires like Bill Gates are not derived from income, but from unrealized capital gains (which are not taxed at all).  Even if Bill Gates sold all his Microsoft shares, the capital gains tax is only 15% !

    Raulston left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 6:54 PM:

    I find myself in a constant fit of nostalgia wondering why we no longer build with such detail (even if it is on a bit of a smaller scale). The attention to detail in the gilded age was extraordinarily unprecedented. Thank you for another superb post !

    Phaon Spurlock left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    This place is BEYOND amazing! Well, I know where my next trip will be.

    Phaon Spurlock
    Men’s Lifestyle

    Joy left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 3:51 PM:

    America’s Versaille that’s for sure.

    G.O.S left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 3:22 PM:

    How did you get into my house ?!?

    Christina left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 3:10 PM:

    When I was little we’d go visit The Breakers every summer.  I always liked to pretend I’d be invited over for croquet on the back lawn.


  • ITHF Class of 2011 Induction

    Culture | Sports | Miscellany  

    Last month I met up with high jinks cohort K. Cooper Ray and Arthur Wayne of Brooks Brothers for Andre Agassi’s induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The grass courts in Newport, RI, aside from being immaculately manicured, are some of the finest and rarest public grass courts in the land—only four other facilities in the States accommodate those without country club membership. After a well rounded luncheon, we all ducked into the Brooks Brothers box for the afternoon to find respite from the heat. Not all guests were so fortunate. Agassi’s speech was heartfelt, the clothes playful, and the Del’s lemonade thirst quenching (thanks for the round Arthur). All around, it was a great day of tennis and for tennis. I wonder who will be in the class of 2012?

    Photographed in Newport, RI

    Aug 15, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Annica Benning left a comment on 8/21/2011 at 1:06 AM:

    My two favorite fashion icons, FEC & Cooper Ray. Well done.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/19/2011 at 10:44 AM:

    @Tim—Only original Del’s for me…unfortunately they did not have any pretzel rods.

    J. Prep Lee left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 9:20 PM:

    Killah layout… I really like the pic of K. Ray looking back at the photo. Tight…

    J. Lee


    Tim left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 6:44 PM:

    Del’s! That’s what I’m talkin’ bout. It better be the original and not the watermelon or blue crap!  Nice photos, I was bummed I could not make it.  Classy outfit as well.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 3:36 PM:

    @Randy—Yes, my glasses are Total Wits by Eyebobs.

    Randy left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 3:05 PM:

    I love your posts.  I was actually wondering which model Eyebobs frames you converted to real glasses?  Was it the Total Wit?

    Eustace Tilley left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 12:37 PM:

    I’m lucky that I can walk to the Hall of Fame, the Newport Creamery, the Redwood, the Reading Room and Brooks Brothers.  They pretty much cover my basic needs.  Thanks again for the great pictures.

    Theri left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 9:50 AM:

    I think the hydrangeas look amazing… you’ve made me want to visit Newport sooner than I planned!

    AEV left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 7:22 AM:

    Really great pics…Newport (and the Tennis Hall of Fame) is a special place indeed.

    c.e. left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 2:24 AM:

    awesome pictures, what camera do you use?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 6:47 PM:

    @Desmond K—America’s public grass courts.

    Desmond K left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 6:28 PM:

    The melancholy inside me just has to know; where are the other 4 courts located?

    Tripp left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 6:13 PM:

    i was there too! not in a box though. it pays to have friends in high places


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