• Boston Ivy

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    An American musician (D.S.) and an architect (Durga) joined forces in 2007 to make handmade colognes. What began as a hobby making aftershave for friends (they quickly realized none of their friends shaved) turned into small batch perfumes and colognes. The Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife duo reference the classics but with a modern sensibility. They bring a romanticism back to fragrance.

    Handcrafted exclusively in-house using premium sourced ingredients, a single spritz will last you all day. Their method of combining flowers, herbs, spices, oils, and plant extracts dates back to the pre-industrial cottage industries of North America. David Seth Moltz is the nose. He’s self taught. Kavi, his wife, channels her architectural eye into the packaging and illustrations for the line.

    D.S. & Durga Boston Ivy 50mL $106

    I have been wearing Boston Ivy for a couple of years now. When autumn arrives, I reach for it. It’s that kind of scent. Masculine* yet light bodied, unashamedly pungent, reminiscent of the Boston Harbor. In D.S. & Durga’s words, it’s “a memory of Boston in the ‘80s. Where green moss and ivy grew next to I.R.A. graffiti and fresh clover was salted by the sea.” In mine, it’s Cambridge in a bottle.

    * Moltz recognizes we consider scents to be ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ because we’ve been socialized to think that way. Violet, for instance, was classically unisex, but now it’s considered feminine because it’s a floral.

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    scaleworm left a comment on 12/11/2013 at 10:07 PM:

    I as well would love to sample these.
    I am a cologne hound, love natural essences.
    Sir and Burning Barbershop sound intriguing.
    Thank you for informing us.


    George left a comment on 12/10/2013 at 10:39 AM:

    I would like to sample this stuff.


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  • Chinese Ginger Jars

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    Porcelain ginger jars, a longstanding favorite amongst interior designers, are rich in centuries of Chinese history and culture, dating as far back as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC—207 BC). The hand-painted jars were long used for storing rare spices such as salt, herbs, and ginger (hence the name). In the 17th century, the British began exporting these porcelain wares and called them “china.” Showcasing these pieces in one’s home during this time came to symbolize wealth, sophistication, and travel. Today, designers are often creating an elevated high/low approach with these beautiful blue-and-white pieces.

    The key is to not be too precious with them. Make them functional. Convert them into lamps or flower pots. Here, I store my croquet set in a large 20” jar but your umbrellas could be just as fitting. My friend Mariah, the equine lover behind Quite Continental, displays polo mallets in hers. The floral patterns and bulbous hand-painted body introduce a subtle femininity to a room. Larger antique Chinese porcelain ginger jars can still be found for upwards of $600; however, they will typically show heavy signs of wear and tear and are often very fragile. New reproductions, ideal for decorating and re-purposing, can be had for a fraction of the cost at shops like Etsy and Pearl River. It’s about the mix—Chinese ginger jars with Persian rugs with mid-century modern Bertoia chairs.

    Sep 27, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 12:17 PM:

    @Chase—I’m currently in a three bedroom apartment.


    Chase left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 12:11 PM:

    Are you in a studio apartment in South Slope?


    Margaret left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:46 AM:

    I’ve been away from this site for a few months - any update on the online retail shop? coffee table rowing book? etc.?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:44 AM:

    @James—If you’d like to continue this conversation, just email me.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:43 AM:

    You’ve had one up until recently, yes?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    @James—I could be open to the possibility.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:39 AM:

    Are you looking for a roommate?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:27 AM:

    @James—At the moment, yes.


    James left a comment on 11/5/2013 at 10:22 AM:

    Do you live by yourself?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/4/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    @Grace—Only a year or so. There is a club that plays in Central Park every summer.


    Grace left a comment on 11/4/2013 at 4:11 PM:

    How long have you played croquet?


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  • Boast for Tretorn

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    Green Camo Tretorn Sneaker*, $90

    Tretorn's Nylite has been enjoying a moment in menswear if there ever was one. Just when you think its 15 minutes are up, a fresh take on the Swedish unisex tennis shoe is born. While Tretorn has been granting creative license of their storied Nylite canvas sneaker to the likes of Sid Mashburn, J.Crew, White Mountaineering, Club Monaco, and J. Press, no collaboration was as inevitable as Boast. Given both their tennis rich origins, it feels natural. It feels good. And no one has quite done what Boast did for this fall: an all-over print. Faintly reminiscent of Liberty of London florals save for the employment of the brand's irreverent Japanese maple leaf. This camo color way, with accents of tennis ball neon, pairs well with your khaki, olive, and brown chinos/cords of autumn. Keep the rest of your rig relatively quiet and it's game, set, match.

    *courtesy of Boast

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    Feroz left a comment on 3/22/2014 at 2:16 AM:

    I’ve been wearing a pair of navy Vans Authentics.  I kinda suriprsed myself by buying them really as they’re not something I would generally wear, but as I get a little older I find myself more willing to branch away from the curriculum if you will.  So yea, Vans Authentics are awesome.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 3:11 PM:

    @Palmer Woodrow (funny)—Both shoes fit true to size. The Nylites are much more comfortable. Also, I’ve noticed Converse has continued to cut costs on the Jack Purcell, this decreasing the quality and attention to detail once present in the iconic canvas sneaker.


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 6:05 PM:

    Cool collaboration, I’ll be ordering myself a pair. Fred, how would compare the fit of Nylites to Jack Purcells?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:49 AM:

    @Fred—That is what “*courtesy of Boast” means…I’ve disclosed that fact that they were gifted to me. The endorsement is authentic here despite being gifted the shoes. I’m a fan of these.


    Fred left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:45 AM:

    Were these gifted to you?


    George left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 3:16 PM:

    I recall when Tretorn was the “it” shoe to have in certain circles many years ago. I’m glad they’re still around and wish them continued success. It’s nice to have choices beyond…well, the usual names, you know?


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  • JFK Wore Chucks

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    In all the photographs I've come across of John F. Kennedy (I own enough coffee table books on the Kennedys to warrant an intervention), I've seen him running around in penny loafers, boat shoes, plimsoles, and white bucks. Never have I seen him in Chuck Taylors. Until now. Here, crossing a street in Georgetown, he's wearing just that, a pair in the original hi-top model. His inseam, cuff, sweatshirt...unapologetically collegiate, distinctly American.

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    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 5:57 PM:

    I really like the image that Jack and the young woman with the over-sized sweater portyay. They convey clean conservative quality.


    Meg left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 4:31 PM:

    I second PSP’s comment.  Martin’s makes a mean burger.


    OMK left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 11:54 AM:

    Fantastic! I too am an avid fan of Jack Kennedy.


    PSP left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 6:04 PM:

    FE, If you are that big of a fan, next time you are in G Town, Check out Martin’s Tavern.  You can still sit in the “rumble seat” where JFK ate on Sundays.  He also got engaged to Jackie at an adjacent table. The food is also great.  I go whenever I am in Bethesda for the reserves.
    Chucks never go out of style.


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  • Layering Down

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    Down is back again. But long gone is the marshmallow silhouette of yore. Today, it sits closer to the body and can be found with up to 900-fill Canadian HutteriteDown™ insulation to keep you toasty without looking like you’ve put on any winter weight. In fact, technical outdoor apparel lines like Canada’s Westcomb don’t even call them jackets anymore, but sweaters. This makes down, in its slimmer rendering, ideal for layering over or under your fall wardrobe.

    Here, I layered my boys in nylon down, front-zip fleece hoodies, and button-down shirting. Mixing not only patterns, but textures, is the key to layering beyond just the functionality or warmth (and the option to shed layers once you get to the office or too hot playing ultimate frisbee on the weekend). The luster of the nylon shell creates a rich contrast against the matte texture of fleece. Given its super lightweight and compressible fill, down vests and jackets can easily be layered under tailored clothing too. Tweed sport-coats, grey flannel suiting, and navy blazers...they’re all down.

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    Hannah left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 5:00 PM:

    This is fantastic. They couldn’t be any cuter.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:03 PM:

    @Big Jon—Ten and 12.


    Big Jon left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 4:42 PM:

    Very cool. How old are your sons now?


    Lauren left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:43 PM:

    I am all about layers when it comes to the fall! :)

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/


    Stacy left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:36 PM:

    I’ve skied and worked in the ski wear industry. As far back as I can remember, there have been down sweaters. Patagonia makes some of my favorites. Down sweaters and vests are great to layer under and over many things and are versatile and light.


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