• Apples to Apples

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    "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

    —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    The New York air is crisp again. The cool of autumn rolls in, slow and steady, like an ocean liner. This signals not only a permanent respite from the heat of summer, but that apples are ripe for the picking. Apple picking in New York and New England is an idyllic way to waste a Saturday. With my boys in town for the week, it means the perfect chance to escape the city for the weekend, create some lasting memories, and actually eat apples plucked right off the branch. Just the way Mother Nature intended.

    We head up to Masker Orchards just an hour outside of Manhattan with some friends. A haze of fog lingers just above the stunted tree tops. The Hudson Valley morning is overcast, the air still wet from the night before. It quenches whatever thirst we've mustered on the drive up as we breathe it in. Apple donuts (tasty), hot dogs (not even remotely close to tasty), a haunted house, pony rides, and suburbia cover the base of the orchard. We make a beeline to the Red Delicious patch, meandering from tree to tree like pollinating bees. I reach to the sky and come down with a Delicious that swallows my hand. The first bite is crisp, light, and makes that hollow cracking sound.

    It's clean. Pure. Crisp. It tastes like life starting all over again.

    Sep 4, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    NJGlenn left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 1:57 PM:

    Love Masker Orchard, it’s an annual tradition for my family! And I concur, the hot dogs are atrocious. It’s a couple of months away but if you’re going to be looking for a Christmas Tree, Palmer’s Tree Farm in Bethel, PA is a great place.  And tailgating is encouraged.


    Leith left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    I am going to go ahead and leave the expected “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comment here.  Your sons look exactly like you.


    CMQ left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 11:35 AM:

    What lucky boys to have a dad who so beautifully photo-documents such moments! A beautifully done post about a much-loved fall tradition.


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  • A New SocialPrimer.com

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    Good friend and colleague, K. Cooper Ray, just relaunched his Social Primer eCommerce site this morning. It has me pining for Charleston lately as fall visits New York again. The Holy City has a landscape that encourages intimacy. It's the warm thickness in the humidity that works its way into everyone's relationships. This particular photograph from the Social Primer campaign I shot earlier this summer perfectly captures everything I love about this town—civility, dignity, and grace. Let's get back.

    "You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.”

    —Pat Conroy

    Aug 16, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    K. Cooper Ray left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 1:36 PM:

    Thanks, F.E. Always appreciate your support. And God bless your curious and insistent readers to whom we say: We are a small company on the rise. We do things our way and we do things on budget. And we do it all with an eagle eye to quality and originality. Oh, and we insist on Made in America, which takes time and perseverance these days. Big news a coming. Big things on the horizon. And yes, we are a tie company with dreams of grandeur. Thank you.


    Henry left a comment on 9/25/2013 at 8:39 AM:

    I thought he was expanding his line and that this campaign and relaunch were part of that - no? I was just on the site and it’s still basically all ties…..I’m confused. It seems that the marketing (which we’ve been hearing about for more than 6 mons) may have been (very) premature - ?


    Lauren left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 7:06 PM:

    That is a beautiful photograph! It captures the South perfectly!

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


    Andrew left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:26 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry hahaha! That’d be one hell of a campaign.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:17 PM:

    @George—How else would one suppose to sell and show a line of neckwear? On nude models just wearing the product?


    George left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:15 PM:

    I’m confused. The ‘campaign’ displays all sorts of items and clothes but the new web site still just sells ties and a couple additional accessories? Am I missing something?


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  • Afternoons at Surfside

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    Photographed on Nantucket, MA

    Jul 19, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/12/2013 at 9:50 AM:

    @James—Ralph Lauren swim trunks.


    James left a comment on 8/12/2013 at 9:38 AM:

    Where can I find those awesome floral shorts!


    George left a comment on 8/10/2013 at 9:54 PM:

    Well, yeah, I mean who doesn’t like the beach with accessories like these?


    Leith left a comment on 8/10/2013 at 11:57 AM:

    @Francesca: My first thought exactly!  Will be scouring the Jack Wills website for it the rest of the day.  Thanks, F.E., for the tip! - Leith http://outsidelanddiaries.blogspot.com


    TBS left a comment on 8/10/2013 at 7:59 AM:

    Are these your interns? You have the greatest job ever


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/9/2013 at 8:17 PM:

    @Francesca—The romper is from Jack Wills.


    Francesca left a comment on 8/9/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Where is that pinstriped romper from?


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  • Sailing Nantucket Sound

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    Nantucket is an escape. If you didn’t grow up spending your summers here (like me), it’s also a privilege. We’ve all packed into Mackenzie’s family home for a week of The Juice Bar’s hand-rolled cones, outdoor showers, and home-cooked meals (a perfect occasion to whip up my signature spaghetti sauce). It’s a full house. And by full I mean Mackenzie, me, Carly, Amy, and a slew of interns, cousins, and siblings. Somehow we all managed to pile on The Endeavor and escape toward The Sound near dusk. You know you’re in a good place when all you feel is the chop of the waves and the wind across your face.

    Jul 15, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    tracy tolles left a comment on 9/5/2013 at 9:57 PM:

    where did you purchase that lovely split-back sweater?


    Rosalyn Gambhir left a comment on 8/13/2013 at 5:38 PM:

    Great shots, love the east coast! What type of camera do you have?


    Alexander left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 11:20 PM:

    This is why I read this blog. Fantastic photos man.


    scaleworm left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 10:11 PM:

    I love the outfit, in white: Top (split back over-lap) and jeans.
    A beautiful outfit,
    on a beautiful woman,
    in a beautiful photograph.
    Well done.


    Leith left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 12:42 PM:

    I often wish I grew up on the East Coast.  And then I see pictures such as these and know I SHOULD have been born on the East Coast.  You have all the luck.  http://outsidelanddiaries.blogspot.com


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 11:39 AM:

    @AMS—While the very nature of a “signature” recipe implies secrecy, I will tell you this: I sauté bell peppers, mushrooms, and red onions before marinating them in my tomato sauce over low heat.


    AMS left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 11:32 AM:

    @FEC - Would you consider sharing the recipe for your signature spaghetti sauce?


    E.N. West left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 9:43 AM:

    This may be the most perfect collection of photographs ever assembled simultaneously on a single web platform. Looks like an utterly fantastic time.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/7/2013 at 11:34 PM:

    @Ryan—I am accepting applications for fall internships; however, you must have completed at least your freshman year.


    Ryan left a comment on 8/7/2013 at 9:55 PM:

    Are you accepting high schoolers for your internship next year? If so, is there a limit to the age?


    C left a comment on 8/7/2013 at 1:25 PM:

    Love the pictures!


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  • The ACK Pack

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    It's been a good summer. The inaugural internship program has been a lot of work as we've been toiling away on content for Unabashedly Prep, photo shoots, and the launch of the e-commerce shop. We feel pretty good about it so far. I've got a good group of kids from NYU, SUNY, Georgia Tech, and a couple Ivies writing, curating content, assisting on photo shoots—they'll certainly be missed as August quietly slips out the back.

    But before that happens, we moved the office up to Nantucket for the week. Mackenzie has been a gracious host to what has become a welcome respite from the Manhattan heat wave of 2013 (it's perfect here now—highs of 75). A little work, a little play, a little work, and it goes on. The two ebb and flow into each other throughout the day. It's an idyllic balance. Katie, Alex, Jocelyn, and Aliana all meet the island for the first time. They may be falling in love. Tucker is chained to the city for a FBI background check in order to get his Spanish visa to study abroad in the fall. No one feels sorry for him. He’s going to Spain...for a year. Alright, enough work, we're off to sail.

    Jul 8, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/8/2013 at 11:56 PM:

    Can’t wait for your ecommerce shop. Always a pleasure to escale for a minute, and read U P


    M Martinez left a comment on 8/5/2013 at 8:31 PM:

    Will you be accepting applications for summer internships next year?


    Dana Dickenson left a comment on 8/4/2013 at 8:58 AM:

    Lifelong, hopeless prep! Love your site”


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/3/2013 at 5:18 PM:

    @JDT—Taking applications starting Monday. Email résumés to fred@fecastleberry.com.


    JDT left a comment on 8/3/2013 at 4:48 PM:

    When will you be taking applications for summer 2014 internships?


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