• Shoptalk Radio Interview

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    Nick Onken and I first met when I hired him to shoot branding images for my photography business. That was 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and not only have we become great friends but for much of that time, Nick served as one of my creative mentors. For that I am forever grateful. He possesses a youthful way of looking at the world in front of him—a unique blend of music, community, food, and pop culture.

    One thing I love about Nick is that the guy has a big heart. He is genuinely interested in people. In an effort to give back and inspire, he recently created a podcast that explores the entrepreneurial journeys of creatives he has personally come to know over the years. He’s interviewed over a dozen friends who are are up to big things in their lives—music moguls, dancers, non-profits, actors, and fashion designers—all living a unique and inspiring story. I listen on a regular basis and always walk away inspired to continue pursuing my own vision. When Nick recently asked to sit down with me, I was honored to dive into my own creative journey and look back at exactly how I got from there to here.

    You can listen here and check out the rest of the photo story Nick created. It’s a a real treat being shot by Nick…so of course I had to pogo around SoHo.

    Mar 25, 2014 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/8/2014 at 5:23 PM:

    Dear Fred:
    Your site & style will always be an inspiration! The content is always refreshing!
    Joey Dee


    Lauren left a comment on 3/31/2014 at 5:52 PM:

    Love your site!


    Jen K. left a comment on 3/26/2014 at 8:42 AM:

    That is so awesome! I’ve followed Nick’s blog for awhile!


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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Mink

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    Say hello to Peyton Ladt. Easily one of the sweetest people I've met in New York, she smiles as if you’re the only person in the room. Over oysters at Leadbelly recently, a group of us were all swapping stories and I learned the Ladt girls—there's four of them in New York—share this mink coat that travels the city between them. A night at the opera, an evening gala, or New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker could have any one of the sisters criss-crossing Manhattan to don the heirloom piece.

    The full length mink belonged to their grandmother. It still bears her initials on the inside. Somewhere between a Spring Creek and a Beach Point I knew I wanted to capture a vignette of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Mink memoirs. Wearing fur is about feeling luxurious...dramatic...there's an occasion to it. But it doesn't have to be precious. Wear it like a robe with a ball cap? Sure. What better occasion than over her vintage Bowie tee while singing like nobody’s listening.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    George left a comment on 2/26/2014 at 11:04 PM:

    So, preppies CAN smile! We see so many pouts, frowns, and blanks on the internet looking up “preppy” stuff. It’s reaffirming to know there’s a real person in back of it all. Gotta love those teeth!


    Bob left a comment on 2/26/2014 at 7:52 PM:

    Nice shot. Very nice.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 5:43 PM:

    @Thad—I know they taste really good on the way down…with Tabasco ;)


    Thad left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 5:35 PM:

    Fred, what’s your experience with or knowledge of beach point and spring creek?


    David left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 4:19 PM:

    You are a quarter of the way done with this story.


    Peter left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:44 PM:

    I can only imagine the sort of stories this mink has been an accomplice to.


    Lucas Tingle left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:20 PM:

    Love this post. What a great story and concept - “if that mink had eyes.” I hope they keep a record of everywhere notable it’s been worn.


    Nancy left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:03 PM:

    I love you Peyton!! You’re adorable! (Also, all the Ladt girls are amazing).


    Leslie left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 1:26 PM:

    You’re outdoing yourself here.


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  • The Painter

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    Continuing to shoot for myself is important. It’s part of what keeps my creative energy lit up…my concepts, my styling, my casting—my way. It’s totally mine. But it’s rarely executed without a team. Big or small, it’s always a better experience with a talented team of people who trust you and your vision.

    Creating art is more fun with your friends, yeah? Thank you Wolfe for stepping in front of my lens and enduring meticulous direction. You’re a real pro. Mariah, thank you for your feminine eye and finesse. Lastly, I want to thank my good friend Ali for not only the use of his Brooklyn loft space but for the access to his extensive vintage clothing collection. He pulled out this vintage raccoon fur coat…double-breasted, ankle-length, reminiscent of the 1920s collegiates of the northeast. We then threw it on Wolf and the shot went to an entirely different place.

    Photography: F.E. Castleberry
    Styling: F.E. Castleberry
    Model: Carl Wolfe
    Wardrobe Consultant: Ali
    Accessories Consultant: Mariah Kunkel

    Jan 27, 2014 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Mariah left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 8:59 PM:

    Such a great day.  Well done, Fred.


    Frank left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 4:28 PM:

    My comment has been edited because I don’t actually know how to conduct myself as a respectable human being in an anonymous environment like the Internet. Why is it that I want to disparage someone I don’t even know nor have ever met? I don’t know. What I do know is that Unabashedly Prep is F.E.‘s platform and his point of view…and it is his prerogative to eradicate any energy (including mine) that does not propel his vision forward.


    Kate left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 4:22 PM:

    Love this.


    Frank left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 4:18 PM:

    Can’t hate on this one bit.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 11:30 AM:

    @Nelson—I create photographs, I write, I consult, and I design clothes & accessories.

    @Hunter—Above, I shared that this shoot was a personal project. The only thing I am profiling/marketing is my work…my point of view.


    Nelson left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 9:27 AM:

    What do you do for work?


    Hunter left a comment on 2/4/2014 at 9:24 AM:

    What was this shoot for? What are you profiling/marketing?


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  • Toy Soldiers

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    Pablo Picasso believed that it took a long time to grow young. As a man who painted in his pajamas, mismatched outfits, and the occasional Indian headdress, you get the sense he was indeed a boy in a grown man’s body. He never actually left behind childhood. Sure, you have to make rent, file tax returns, and do your own grocery shopping (I have still yet to master this), but that artistic seven year-old is better resuscitated if you ever want to create anything ever again.

    I am constantly looking for small ways to fold traces of my childhood back into everyday life. I spend a lot of time in my home office and I have these plastic toy soldiers strewn about my desk. When decorating my space, I tend to mix polar opposites—the masculine with the feminine (wildlife objet such as an alligator head and an Asian water buffalo horn display against pink walls, for example), the soft with the hard, the old with the new. These toy soldiers serve as little (pun intended) reminders of where I come from. They remind to keep dreaming, to keep playing...to keep growing young.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Dan left a comment on 1/27/2014 at 10:05 PM:

    Now THIS…this I can dig.


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  • Icons of Style: Audrey Hepburn

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    In her closet: Breton stripes, trench coats, cable-knit cardigans, printed button-down shirts, floral print shirts, madras, silk head scarves, penny loafers

    Iconic look: Striped t-shirts, cropped cut, a bold red lip

    Key accessories: A full brow

    Thing you can't imitate: Her grace

    Jan 8, 2014 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Thomas left a comment on 1/21/2014 at 1:14 PM:

    Keep it up.


    Archie left a comment on 1/15/2014 at 3:01 PM:

    Fred, on the topic of well-dressed ladies… can you recommend any brands that make a lady’s blazer that won’t break the bank? J.Crew never fits!


    Robin left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 1:02 PM:

    I adore her style.


    David left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 12:59 PM:

    Style goddess!


    Beth left a comment on 1/11/2014 at 10:36 AM:

    And Jacques Levine espadrilles.


    Leith left a comment on 1/10/2014 at 1:06 PM:

    My absolute favorite.  God smiled down on the world the day she was born.


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 1/9/2014 at 8:56 AM:

    Audrey Hepburn, is truly a unique and beautiful person. I was surprised recently to see photographs of her helping to herd cattle on a ranch in California.
    The owner of the ranch was the artist Channing Peake. Hepburn was riding Western and wore ranch work clothes including a cowboy hat. She seemed perfectly at ease.


    Tom left a comment on 1/9/2014 at 8:46 AM:

    I liked Hepburn best in black and a smirk.


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