• Ernest Hemingway

    Style | Culture  

    As significant as his writing was, Ernest Hemingway is remembered just as much for the life he lived beyond the page. Everything about him was oversized—war service in Europe, big-game hunting in Africa, all-night benders in Paris. Hemingway embodied a full range of traditionally masculine experiences few others have. He even had a dictum that summed up his approach: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.”

    His appetite for adventure only persisted later in his life, which ended tragically in 1961. If Hemingway’s literary output slowed during this final postwar decade, his celebrity spread far and wide.  He wrote dispatches on bullfights and marlin fishing for popular magazines, and was the subject (sometimes willing, sometimes not) of numerous awed profiles.

    Hemingway, in this final act, produced the smash hits The Old Man and the Sea, which earned him a Nobel Prize in 1954, and his Parisian memoir A Moveable Feast. Meanwhile, the legend of his manliness grew. While on a big-game safari in East Africa, he stunned the public by surviving not one plane crash but two. Rather than kick open a door that had been jammed shut, in spectacular fashion, he head-butted it to escape the wreckage.

    "He always looked great, as if he’d slept a baby’s sleep in a soundproof room with his eyes covered by black patches..."

    The look that ‘Papa’ Hemingway sported in these up-and-down years of late middle age was the iconic one that comes to mind when we think of him today: straight, medium-length locks of white hair and a healthy silver beard. This is not the trim, mustachioed younger man who penned The Sun Also Rises—but it’s the look that hundreds of Hemingway fans replicate in a remarkable lookalike contest that takes place every year in Key West, Florida.

    The graying Hemingway wrote from his house in Cuba, where he was most productive during the morning hours. Ever the man of action, he tended to compose standing up.  No matter how much red wine he’d downed or unruly conduct he’d modeled the night before, a good night’s rest seemed to cure all. He “always looked great, as if he’d slept a baby’s sleep in a soundproof room with his eyes covered by black patches,” one of his sons later recalled.

    Nevertheless, personal hygiene was an afterthought. Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn, described him as “one of the most unfastidious men I've ever known.” The thing he cultivated best of all, perhaps, was an image of done-it-all manliness. ‘Papa,’ a nickname often assumed to have attached itself to him later, was oddly one the author chose for himself while in his mid-twenties. But it was in these final, bearded years that it truly stuck.

    * Originally written for Kiehl's Men's Wing.

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  • Happy Halloween 2013

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    Robert C. Russell II left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 10:19 PM:

    F.E., you certainly are an adroit sartorialist. I thought I had one tuff to solve.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 6:07 PM:

    @emjkmj—…and white…and red…and…


    emjkmj left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 5:56 PM:

    Love it!  But, all Wes Anderson font is in yellow ;)


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 12:22 PM:

    @Roger C. Russell II—Thanks. It brought a lot of smiles to plenty of people. Max wears Rod Lavers…I pulled Killshots out of my closet, although I did manage to find burgundy laces.


    Brian left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 12:08 PM:

    Awesome costume Fred


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 11/1/2013 at 6:32 AM:

    That might be the best Halloween costume I have ever seen. However, let me offer some trivia. What shoes did Max actually wear?


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  • 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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  • 29th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    Those who go, know. The Harriman Cup is all about the tailgate. More importantly, how you tailgate. Awards for this stuff are handed out you know (along with Best Outfit, Best Dog, Best Hat, and a few awards for actual sporting achievement). Maximillian Sinsteden knows this. In fact, he's banking on this (he was snubbed last year but still walked away with Best Outfit). Max arrives with a U-Haul carrying his beloved beat-to-hell Oriental party rug, ten box hedges he rented from a company in New York, five crates of liquor, two bartenders, and an open bar.

    Now it's a party.

    Adam Klopp of UVA picks his poison

    Swirl striped paper straws, wicker beer pitchers, and mason jars with your initials written in wax pencil were only a few of the details that made The Party Carpet Tailgate so fun

    Otis, the German Short-Haired Pointer who took Best Dog, with his owner

    Max being sprayed with Champagne at the announcement for Best Tailgate

    After blowing out his entire backside before halftime, Adam Klopp taped what he could together and kept riding

    The annual polo match between Yale and University of Virginia alumni is a bittersweet reminder summer is on its way out. Most everyone is four or five in by the divot stomp just to cope with oncoming summer separation anxiety. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy the festivities though. Harriman has always seemed to embrace "the more the merrier" ethos—just come in your Sunday best. This, of course, means not a single thread of madras, seersucker, or linen is left on a hanger within a 100 mile radius. If you're a lady, points for donning a hat. Sponsors, including JP Crickets, my friend Karen Klopp's What2WearWhere.com, Harpoon Brewery, and Frava (caffeinated juice...brilliant when you think about it), line the safety zone alongside games of ladder toss, croquet, and a grip of tailgates.

    Three hours later, Max humbly accepts the award for Best Tailgate...while being doused in Champagne.

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    roux left a comment on 8/17/2014 at 7:36 AM:

    where is ‘max’s’ blazer from?


    Ize left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 5:00 PM:

    UVA!


    Tyrone left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 11:38 AM:

    Those pants are from vineyard vines


    J left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    Any idea who made the geometric colored pants?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 5:24 PM:

    @Bradford—Unfortunately I do not know who makes that white oxford.

    @Cam—Best Outfit went to a young man named Dean.


    Bradford left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 5:16 PM:

    http://unabashedlyprep.com/up-posts/Culture/29th Annual HarrimanCup/theharrimancup20130907_0232.jpg

    Fred, do you know who makes that oxford? Been looking for it for a while. Thanks


    scaleworm left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 2:29 PM:

    Horses.
    Polo.
    Summer.
    Drinks.
    Sun.
    What is not to love?


    cam left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 11:41 AM:

    fun event…who won best outfit?


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  • 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

    Culture | Sports  

    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

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    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 5:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.


    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 3:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?


    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 7:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.


    Ian left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 2:31 PM:

    Use my discount code ian2 for 10% storewide at the frat collection- also know as fraternity collection . com!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 10:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.


    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 11:52 AM:

    FYI-
    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35


    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 10:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.


    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 6:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?


    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.


    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 6:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates


    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 1:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


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