• Romeo + Juliet Signal Flag Slipper

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    JP Crickets has been carving out a nice niche over the last couple of years with their suede university Prince Albert slippers. The loafers have quickly garnered recognition not only for their intricate collegiate crest embroidery work but for their quality construction. Currently, the venerable outfitter Brooks Brothers showcases JP Crickets' collection alongside their vast Peal & Co. offering. Each pair is made by hand...Italian hands. The small factory sits near the heel of the boot by the Adriatic Sea, run by a generational family devoted to preserving the craft.

    Romeo + Juliet Signal Flag Slipper ($365)

    I met founder Susan Meyer (a fixture in the polo scene) over a series of polo matches. After admiring her husband's JP Crickets, we eventually talked about doing something together...something that would not only compliment her current line but also the eponymous line I was designing. The result is a Prince Albert slipper (for men and women) in navy linen inspired by the romance of sailing. Romeo and Juliet signal flags adorn the right and left vamps respectively. Starboard green grosgrain stripe on the right heel, port red grosgrain stripe on the left. Leather sole with a 3/4" heel. Over time, the shoes relax for a truly custom feel. Wear them in, wear them out. We think it's the perfect slipper for wherever you summer.

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    Lauren left a comment on 9/1/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    The pictures in the post are beautiful! You have a great blog! I just followed you on bloglovin and would love if you’d follow me back!
    http://atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com
    Lauren,


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 10:44 PM:

    @drew—The grog tray and stand are from West Elm.


    drew left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 10:28 PM:

    where is the bar cart from?


    Kelsey left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 9:59 AM:

    I had no idea you were so into sailing! How long have you sailed?


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  • Social Primer 2013 Campaign

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    "I'm going back to Charleston, where there is still a little grace and civility in the world."    —Rhett Butler

    It is a civilized place, Charleston. History drapes every window, tradition lingers in every pew. This "Holy City" is precious yet resilient enough to survive great fires, civil wars, and the occasional seasonal flood. Of course, you get all of this in the unofficial bicycle tour K. Cooper Ray gives upon your arrival. Whether it’s your first time or 17th time, it makes no difference. He wears his Charleston pride on his navy blazer sleeve.

    Last month, I flew down for a long weekend with Cooper and company to create lifestyle imagery for his neckwear and formal wear collections. We shot in what might be the most beautiful living room I’ve had the pleasure of being in. The light was inspiring (these two images are the only ones I can show currently). I have always respected K. Cooper Ray for using real kids in the marketing of his Social Primer brand. While not a particularly new approach, it works for him because these are the kids that are in his life—be it next door neighbors, sons of friends, or his barista. It's just Cooper pulling back the curtain on his frat house, albeit a civilized one.

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    Michael left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 11:20 AM:

    @Clara….J Crew has had separates available for years.  Good article recently in A Continuous Lean
    http://www.acontinuouslean.com/2013/08/05/black-tie-outfitters-the-j-crew-ludlow-shop/


    Dan left a comment on 8/26/2013 at 6:49 PM:

    What is the purpose of the sash? For the life of me, I cannot think of a use other than masquerading as an ambassador or head of state.


    K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer left a comment on 8/23/2013 at 10:26 AM:

    Thank you F.E. for such a nice write up and shooting our fall campaign. You are also a valuable voice in explaining our brand worth! I guess that comes as result of our collaborations over the last couple of seasons. To address the availability issue let me remind your readers that SP the apparel company is a mere year old. Our previous collaboration with Brooks Brothers over three years was a separate entity. With any new, and privately funded, venture there are more than a few issues to work out.

    As for our price on ties, the quality speaks for itself. What you don’t see in photographs us the subtle iridescence of color is the silk. Customers tell us often “pictures don’t do the ties justice!” As for the SP Smoking Collection of tuxedo separates, this was a presentation to show the range of the brand. We are working on production now and will have shop in shop capsules with select retailers for the holiday season. All to say, we are a brand new company making up the rules as we go.

    Thank you for your interest, your patronage and indeed your curiosity.

    Cordially, KCR


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 9:41 PM:

    @PSP—I picked that one up from Brooks Brithers in red ;)


    psp left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 9:10 PM:

    FE,
    I just purchased the Social Primer Tailgating Blazer from B2, great and fun. Just in time for football season.  The lining reminds me of the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg Va.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 2:32 PM:

    @Tim—Social Primer ties are made in New York City of the best English silk. Yes, you can buy a repp tie almost anywhere, but it will not have a contrasting knot as Social Primer’s do. Social Primer does not compete on the lowest common denominator of price. The quality of his product is quite high. If you care about “made in the USA,” he makes them in the USA. If you don’t care about where your goods are made, then China makes a product at a lower price range. It’s also about tie width. Ray makes his at a slim 2.5”—you’re not going to find a repp at Ralph Lauren that slim.

    @James—It’s August…exercise a little patience ;) His website is about to undergo a makeover.


    James left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 2:32 PM:

    @F.E.—Thanks. ‘Tuxedo separates’ suggests pants and jackets but they don’t appear to be selling those. They also don’t appear to be selling slippers….I guess I must be missing something….


    Tim left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 2:23 PM:

    Have any readers of this blog spent $125 plus shipping in a SP long tie? What makes them worth that price point? I can buy a silk repp tie almost anywhere—blue label Ralph Lauren included—for less than that, no?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 2:20 PM:

    @James—Tuxedo separates, ties, bow ties, cummerbunds, velvet Prince Albert Slippers, and sashes.


    James left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 2:12 PM:

    I’m confused. Is social primer selling tux jackets and pants? Shoes? Gowns? What in this pic is being sold by social primer?


    Clara left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 1:59 PM:

    Tuxedo separates. What an idea!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 9:52 AM:

    @Clara—In addition to his neckwear collections, Social Primer is debuting its Smoking Collection (tuxedo and tuxedo separates).


    Clara left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 9:21 AM:

    What are they selling, exactly? Gowns and tuxedos?


    Kate left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 8:51 AM:

    So. Good. I love how the two images show both sides of the SP guy: the rowdy, fun side and the spiffed up, polished, refined side.

    I cannot wait to see the rest of the images!!


    Victor Stonem left a comment on 8/22/2013 at 8:25 AM:

    I love it!


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  • Icons of Style: Jane Birkin

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    In her closet: Trench coats, pea coat, washed denim, button down shirts, silk pocket squares, turtlenecks

    Iconic look: Fur coat, tights

    Key accessories: wicker basket

    Thing you can't imitate: Her namesake bag origin story

    Birkin was sitting next to Jean-Louis Dumas, Chief Executive of Hermès, on a flight from Paris to London. After the contents of her wicker bag had spilled into the aisle, Birkin explained how it was difficult for her to find a leather weekend bag she liked. Soon after, the Birkin bag was born. She has admitted to only owning one of the coveted totes which is customized with stickers and badges to disguise it from being so obviously 'a bloody Birkin bag.'

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    Aloïs Parisienne left a comment on 2/3/2014 at 4:09 AM:

    Such a beautiful woman.
    Wrote an article about her look as well.
    Take a glimpse!
    http://dresslikeaparisian.com/paris-style-icone-jane-birkin/
    Bises de Paris,
    Aloïs


    Chens left a comment on 8/21/2013 at 4:08 PM:

    After being frumpy throughout the film, Birkin has a fun transformation scene into glamor-puss at the end of “Evil Under The Sun,” a great movie for ‘30s style.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/21/2013 at 10:31 AM:

    @Chens—Off the trad reservation, absolutely. But young Mick took alot of cues from preppy sportswear staples.


    Chens left a comment on 8/21/2013 at 10:23 AM:

    Stylish for sure, but methinks she and Jagger are way off the reservation.


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  • Back to School Giveaway

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    Summer is winding down. School is starting up. My interns are not happy about it. Frankly, I’m not happy about it. But there’s always a silver lining. Country Club Prep (currently advertising on Unabashedly Prep) and Boast are going to send one of you back to class with a new wardrobe. What does that entail exactly? A $1,000 Country Club Prep gift card and a complete fall wardrobe from Boast (no, that’s not a typo).

    Whether it was brushing up on literary classics, mushroom hunting, or meetings with the FBI in attempts to secure visas to study abroad in Spain, the summer interns did it in Boast*. You could look just as good in your adventures this fall. Simply enter the giveaway with a photo on Instagram of how you play (tag it with #BoastYourPrep). I’ll choose the winning photograph on September 3rd. Now get back to relishing the last traces of summer...

    *courtesy of Boast

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    Alexander left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 1:48 PM:

    The top shot makes my think of Holden Caufield calling through his black book while jaunting around NYC.

    www.abostonblazer.com


    Josh C. left a comment on 8/28/2013 at 10:42 AM:

    That Wes Anderson influence.


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 8/26/2013 at 1:46 AM:

    This has a total Wes Anderson feel to it. I like it!


    Andrew left a comment on 8/21/2013 at 6:00 PM:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Can a person enter more than once?


    Ama left a comment on 8/20/2013 at 1:22 PM:

    I can’t wait to enter!
    http://immabeama.blogspot.com/


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  • Icons of Style: Mick Jagger

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    In his closet: Rugby jerseys, striped regatta blazer, shetland sweaters, repp stripe ties, wool sportcoats

    Iconic look: Button down shirt, sweater/sportcoat

    Key accessories: Sterling silver ID bracelet, dress watch

    Thing you can't imitate: His moves

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