• Shoptalk Radio Interview

    Style | Miscellany  

    Nick Onken and I first met when I hired him to shoot branding images for my photography business. That was 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and not only have we become great friends but for much of that time, Nick served as one of my creative mentors. For that I am forever grateful. He possesses a youthful way of looking at the world in front of him—a unique blend of music, community, food, and pop culture.

    One thing I love about Nick is that the guy has a big heart. He is genuinely interested in people. In an effort to give back and inspire, he recently created a podcast that explores the entrepreneurial journeys of creatives he has personally come to know over the years. He’s interviewed over a dozen friends who are are up to big things in their lives—music moguls, dancers, non-profits, actors, and fashion designers—all living a unique and inspiring story. I listen on a regular basis and always walk away inspired to continue pursuing my own vision. When Nick recently asked to sit down with me, I was honored to dive into my own creative journey and look back at exactly how I got from there to here.

    You can listen here and check out the rest of the photo story Nick created. It’s a a real treat being shot by Nick…so of course I had to pogo around SoHo.

    Mar 25, 2014 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    ali left a comment on 4/23/2014 at 9:50 PM:

    What a great collection of photos. I wanted to pint out that I noticed your pogo stick was the standard issue silver color. Was it monogrammed? I could not tell. I am so sorry that you cannot find any pants that have the right inseam for you. Your poor feet must be so very cold.


    Cate left a comment on 4/17/2014 at 11:18 PM:

    great photos, great piece on nick’s site.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/8/2014 at 5:23 PM:

    Dear Fred:
    Your site & style will always be an inspiration! The content is always refreshing!
    Joey Dee


    Lauren left a comment on 3/31/2014 at 5:52 PM:

    Love your site!


    Jen K. left a comment on 3/26/2014 at 8:42 AM:

    That is so awesome! I’ve followed Nick’s blog for awhile!


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  • The Wagon and the Road

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    At the time I dreaded it. I had better things to do with my summers, like pump my best friend to the comic book shop, watch CHiPs, and build forts in the creek behind my backyard. It was the early 90s and my parents were very much into road trips. The more states the better. The combination of economy travel for five, around-the-clock sightseeing, and an ‘87 Mercedes-Benz diesel wagon made it the sensible choice to satisfy what wanderlust my parents needed to pacify.

    There is something very American about the road trip. Given our love affair with cars, it's no wonder. The 47,000+ miles of interstate highway, National Monuments, and roadside eats have made it about the journey, not simply the destination. Castleberry family road trips were no exception. Our destination was always home…with one caveat: never return the way you came. To drive in a huge loop was completely normal. In the summer of 1993 we circled the American Southwest...Sequoia National Park, the Grand Canyon, Delicate Arch in Utah—we hit it all in a week.

    The trips never came at a convenient break in the summers though. Occasionally, I'd enlist a friend from the neighborhood to join the circus come along. They never knew it but they were the buffer and served a very specific purpose. After all, I couldn’t think of anything worse than being cooped up with my younger brother and sister for nine hour stretches while dad threatened to pull the car over every other rest stop. My one reprieve was throwing my feet out the window and watching the world fly by.

    Today, I actually find myself pining for those road trips. Nostalgia seems to do that—romanticize our memories. My brother and sister now live overseas, sadly, and I rarely see them. Over the weekend, I found my way into the backseat again as spring hesitantly stepped out from behind winter's shadow. I just laid there. In the relative quiet, I propped my feet out the window, closed my eyes, and let the warmth of the sun take me back to that summer in ’93.

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    Richard Ross left a comment on 3/18/2014 at 11:17 PM:

    I sure do love road trips. Our family road trip rule was that we couldn’t eat at chain restaurants. Only “road food”, as my dad would call it. I still apply that rule to my road trips with friends.


    Lee Emerson left a comment on 3/17/2014 at 8:09 AM:

    Road trips are big in Australia too. There’s something mesmerizing about them - like getting lost in time…


    scaleworm left a comment on 3/16/2014 at 10:02 PM:

    memories are always nice.
    thank you for sharing.


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  • Porsche Sport Driving School

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    It was five years ago that I consciously decided to be a "Yes Man." Since that time I've jumped into some crazy experiences, formed lifelong friendships, and have laughed all along the way. I'm constantly asking myself, "Am I living an interesting story?"

    When the storied Italian tire maker Pirelli invites you to the Porsche Sport Driving School for a day, that's a knee-jerk "yes." I first fell in love with Porsche when I test drove one at the young age of 15. For good reason my parents cut that idea off at the knees...but the encounter stuck with me. Porsche's Sport Driving School is housed on a track in Birmingham, Alabama in what, for all intents and purposes, is considered to be the middle of nowhere. But that's its charm. It's man, machine, and God's creation. As if to acknowledge this is where we came from, now where can we go (and how fast)? If it sounds romantic, that's because it is.

    "Your most powerful weapon is your brakes. Racing is all about your braking. They are 4-5 times more powerful than your engine."

    Let's just call the driving school what it really is, "The sensual seduction by a 911 Turbo." The lines of her body move like a woman...curving, rolling, sloping ever so gently down her back. Opening up the throttle to 97...99...103...111...117 (and I'm only in third gear at this point), the engine's roar rattles among the pines, blood pumping through my chest as my heart rate rises with the needle.

    Easily the single most fun day I've ever experienced, I'm excited to share that Pirelli is feeling generous. They are sending one lucky driver (and a friend) to experience two days behind a Porsche 911. Not only will you get your fix for your need for speed but you'll receive first class driving instruction from experienced race car drivers. I experienced this firsthand as I rode shotgun for a hot lap. By the end of it, I was ready to lose my lunch...not as romantic.

    Feb 24, 2014 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    julia left a comment on 3/17/2014 at 1:26 PM:

    2 years ago my husband bought a 911, then took this course last summer, and now we’re going again this year….#hooked. your photos are superb!


    Stefanee left a comment on 3/6/2014 at 5:33 PM:

    I just recently wrote about wanting to start agreeing to any and all adventure on a blog that my sister and I started up. It was a New Years resolution of mine, and seeing this definitely made me want to keep following through with that!
    Great blog, you have some awesome stuff!

    itisourphilosophy.com


    Corey Young left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 11:49 PM:

    Thanks for this posting! I have always been a Porsche man! They were a “dime a dozen” when I was a kid living in “Silicon Valley” back in the very early 1980’s-late 1970’s. I can remember one summer day counting 50 of them on the way to Half Moon Bay from Fremont! My father had a choice back in the day between a Lancia and a 911. He chose the Lancia. He did repent and later bought a Mercedes 280 D. Not exactly a Porsche but German and classy no less. Myself…still dreaming. Maybe in 5 more years when the kids are older and the wife will let me look beyond SUV’s!

    This is the best post you’ve had in a long time…and just when I was about to give up. You peaked my interest yet again! This really brought back alot of great memories for me. Thanks!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 8:05 PM:

    @Hillary—Thank you. And the base price on a 911 Turbo S (which I also had the pleasure of driving) is $180,000.


    Hillary left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 7:15 PM:

    A Cayman S lists for under $66k….not $100k.


    Dan left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 11:31 AM:

    Wonder what the dress code for a Veyron is.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:19 AM:

    @CC—If I’m driving a $100K sports car, I’m wearing a tie. The car deserves at least that much respect.


    CC left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:13 AM:

    One of those necktie-required racetracks?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:03 AM:

    @Barbara—It was 7 degrees in Birmingham that day. You bet I wore a parka. Of course we shed them once inside the cars…but there were periods of standing outside while receiving instruction.


    Barbara left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 9:46 AM:

    That’s not what you wore to drive cars, is it?


    George left a comment on 3/4/2014 at 11:30 PM:

    Porsche = YES! Nice story, nice shots.


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  • Farewell Philip

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    1967—2014

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  • Rowing Blazers News

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    Rowing Blazers, the coffee table book I have been working on for just over three years with author Jack Carlson, will officially be available next fall. As a coxswain, Jack won the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta this year alone. He’s also coxed the U.S. at the world championships and Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge boat races.

    Many of you have been asking when you can get your hands on Rowing Blazers. As one would assume, I had to keep mum until the book deal was inked. Well consider it inked. The release date is set for September 2014 and will be published by Vendome Press and Thames & Hudson. A pre-order could be available as soon as February. In the meantime, follow Rowing Blazers on Twitter and Facebook for teasers, launch parties, and opportunities to win signed copies of the book.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Ben left a comment on 1/5/2014 at 4:56 PM:

    Looks amazing, keep us posted about pre-ordering!


    Chatham Ivy left a comment on 1/4/2014 at 4:11 PM:

    As a Division 1 rower in college and lover of all things prep, I will certainly be putting this on my Christmas list! Hope to carry this type of blazer at Chatham Ivy: A New England Lifestyle Company. Coming 2014.


    SS left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 10:30 AM:

    Well I know what I’m getting all my friends/family for Christmas 2014!


    Nic left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 9:22 AM:

    As a long-time rower, I will absolutely be preordering this!


    Tommy left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 6:16 PM:

    I cannot wait for this book!


    Charlotte left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 5:50 PM:

    So exciting!


    Victoria left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 4:28 PM:

    Great stuff! Any news on who will make the cover?!


    C left a comment on 12/28/2013 at 6:20 PM:

    those georgetown boys are looking good!


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