• 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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  • 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.

    Nov 6, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    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.

    Oct 23, 2013 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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