• 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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  • Kick Off Your Pants

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    Sit Still.
    But let your mind wander.
    Kick off your pants.
    But jog your memory.

    How’s that for a new year's resolution?

    Consider this a friendly 2014 public service reminder to daydream, pick up a crossword puzzle…solve a Rubik’s Cube! But let’s not get too ambitious. Do it in your pajamas. It’s a gesture in getting ready…to do nothing, really. You couples have it easy. Guys, you get the bottoms and she wears the tops (here, Sleepy Jones). It’s kinda simple and beautiful. So start the new year off right by brewing a coffee and tackling 1 Down: Victoria’s first prime minister. And if you’re a glutton for punishment—or just plain genius—grab a pen.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Mackenzie {Design Darling} left a comment on 1/3/2014 at 2:44 PM:

    Love this.


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  • Barrett at Zuma Beach

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    While out in L.A. last week, I photographed Barrett again at Zuma Beach on the south end of Malibu. I've shot here several times over the years and the light is always amazing. Even when it's overcast, if you're patient enough, the Sun makes an eager cameo—and it's warming, vibrant, and invigorating.

    I've become interested as of late in photographing the same talent, or "rising stars" if you will, repeatedly. There is a chemistry and trust that develops over time. It's both intriguing and challenging. We had the place all to ourselves and just goofed off juggling and messing around on the skateboard (the outtakes are good for a few laughs). Barrett wears a Todd Snyder for Champion fleece sweatshirt and Boast court shorts here. As dusk approached, we hopped back in his Mini and called it an afternoon. The pink Sun kissed softly as we kissed back, our hands waving in the salty air of the Pacific Coast Highway.

    Dec 11, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 1:47 PM:

    @Bunny—Saturdays NYC.


    Bunny left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 1:41 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry—Great photos! What sweat pants brand?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/3/2014 at 1:44 AM:

    @David Phares—The glasses are my own and they are by Deja Vu Refinery.


    David Phares left a comment on 1/2/2014 at 11:47 PM:

    Do you know what brand Barrett’s sunglasses are?


    alex left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 11:49 PM:

    you would like Swedish Navy Clothing http://www.swedishnavyclothing.com run by my friend Alan Warren in the UK . PS I know Barrett is how I found you


    Lynne left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 5:41 PM:

    Barrett looks so comfortable and at ease in your photographs.  You really have a good eye (from a non-professional viewpoint) for lighting and backgrounds and I admire your work.  Happy New Year!


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  • The Pop Up Flea NYC

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    This weekend, The Pop Up Flea sprang up at 82 Mercer St and said welcomed over 14,000 people in a matter of three days. It was such an effective retail experience that I popped in (different friends in tow each time) on Saturday and Sunday. It was entirely too easy to spend money. Practically everything is made in the US, much of it by smaller outfits who are creating some really tasteful goods. Wooden Sleepers, Todd Snyder for Champion, Fine Light Trading (my favorite piece I picked up: a trench art skull ring for the pinky—not pictured here as it takes three weeks to hand-make an order), Topo Designs, and Billykirk deservingly received my attention and my money.

    The Billykirk boys set up shop showcasing their expansive leather goods line. But they stole the show with their on-the-spot monogramming workshop. A variety of leather cuffs, key-chain pendants, leather dresser trays—Kirk was tapping away at them all with the concentration of a surgeon. Their no. 041 round key tags reminiscent of motel key chains were a fun buy ($25), functional, and customizable. Monogramming is a curious thing. The instantaneous availability of it compels you to buy. I suppose we all want to put our name on some thing...our thing. Funny how these simple accessories are the ones you end up carrying every day. Personalizing it lifts it out of the ordinary and ensures they'll never be misplaced with someone else. Now if only I could manage not to misplace my keys before heading out the door.

    Dec 6, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Michael left a comment on 12/14/2013 at 10:40 AM:

    Did you take any photos or know of a photoset of this year’s event I can check out? The key tag is great.


    PSP left a comment on 12/12/2013 at 7:18 PM:

    FEC,
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    PSP


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