• 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.

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    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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  • Panting ‘n Sweating

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    Okay.
    Fine.





    You can wear sweats outside of the gym. But none of that baggy business. They should be cut like your favorite pair of slim-fit chinos—close to the body and slightly tapered toward the ankle. I love the Ken Sweat Pant from Saturdays Surf NYC. The fit is perfect. The attitude is relaxed. The price is reasonable (the frugal preppie in me forbids me from spending over $125 on fleece…I can’t do it, not even in a New York state of mind).

    Photographed in Malibu, CA

    Saturday's slim silhouette allows you to dress down the essential sportswear piece with a vintage Harrington-style Lacoste and Vans or dress them up with tailored clothing—the heather gray welcomes being mistaken for a gray flannel trouser from afar. Made of a thick 55/45 cotton/polyester blend, the Ken Sweat Pant retains its shape through multiple wearings, boasts thick ribbing at the waistband and ankles, and comes equipped with a back patch pocket (wallets rejoice!). Best of all, you don’t have to sweat the $98 price tag.

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    Derek left a comment on 1/27/2014 at 5:31 PM:

    Good looking sweatpants…usually an ironic statement in itself! Decent sweats are hard to find. I must say though, for almost $100 the shape would have to last more than “multiple wearings.”


    John Smith left a comment on 12/20/2013 at 4:25 PM:

    If one was going to wear sweatpants outside the house, thats how you should do it.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/20/2013 at 11:13 AM:

    @Brady P—A visit to the tailor, like you mentioned, could be in order if your inseam is less than 30”. Wash and hang dry them first kids!


    Brady P left a comment on 12/20/2013 at 11:05 AM:

    These sweatpants are amazing! They do run pretty long though, I had a few inches taken off the bottom and now they’re perfect


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  • Barrett Crake

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    Last week while in L.A., I shot a fashion editorial with actor/model Barrett Crake. We lounged around on a lazy California morning chipping golf balls with coffee and cigarettes and then headed to Pann's for brunch. These are some of my favorites.


    Photographs: F.E. Castleberry
    Styling: F.E. Castleberry
    Model: Barrett Crake
    Wardrobe: Polo Coat by Ralph Lauren, boxer by Sleepy Jones, sunglasses by Garrett Leight for Boast, tee-shirt by Saint James, captain's hat by Art Caps (vintage), watch by Omega (vintage), watchstrap by Smart Turnout.

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  • O Captain, My Captain

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    This is one of my favorites from the fashion editorial shoot I photographed while in L.A. Barrett, an actor and model, is currently chasing his dream in Hollywood. Fun fact: He and I grew up in the same small Texas town.

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  • Ask the Experts: Bomber Jackets

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    I recently sat down with Mr. Porter for their Ask the Experts series to talk about the past and present of our favorite jacket of the season: the bomber. Be sure to check out what Sam Lobban, Chris Sullivan, and Christopher Raeburn have to say as well. I'm honored to be in such good company.

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    Al left a comment on 11/20/2013 at 12:12 AM:

    Solid work, Fred. Very articulate and informative. I enjoyed your ideas on that pairing of preppy and rugged material/fabric for a classically-inspired, but also modern look.


    M Arthur left a comment on 11/19/2013 at 10:22 PM:

    A very thoughtful take on the bomber Fred.  You may understandably be honored to be among the other chaps, but you certainly held you own.


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 11/19/2013 at 8:54 PM:

    This was very well done. I’m glad there is a renewed interest in bomber jackets. Also, it is great that sheep and lamb options were mentioned. I think a lot of people miss the true functionality of the jacket if they don’t choose these materials. The cowhide is not authentic military issue, and it can be a bad choice on a cold day.


    Bess left a comment on 11/19/2013 at 6:35 PM:

    very articulate…i enjoyed this!


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