• Summer with The Grey Lady


    Maybe it's the therapeutic outdoor morning showers, or the privilege of getting the sunrise before anybody else on the east coast, or the simple fact that it is devoid of a tether to whatever "real world" you left behind at Hyannis. Nantucket is magical in the summer. Worry seems to roll off your shoulders, like beads of sweat erratically migrating down your cocktail.

    The island, aside from its locals, is home to an inherently preppy summer colony. It is beloved in part for the geographical fact that it's a pain in the ass to get to. The harder the trek, the preppier the locale. And Nantucket is perhaps the preppiest (edging out Martha's Vineyard and its trailer parks). If you're not flying into ACK, you have to cross the moat to the WASP kingdom via an hour long ferry.

    Despite the inconveniences, The Grey lady more than quadruples in size come June. Frankly, it gets crazy around the Fourth. But that's not to say you can't get alone. This secluded beach I photographed Alise Shoemaker* on a couple years ago is on the South Shore somewhere between Nobadeer and Tom Nevers. It's a great spot if you can find it. Odds are good that you'll have it all to yourself for a picnic, skinny dipping, or whatever else bakes your (crab) cake. As for how to get there exactly, well, it wouldn’t be preppy if I made it that easy.

    *click on the image above to download a wallpaper version

    May 17, 2013 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    Kelly left a comment on 6/6/2013 at 5:17 PM:

    that’s my beach! I’m not telling…. ;)

    howie left a comment on 5/27/2013 at 8:12 PM:

    George - it’s a Sankaty Light.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/26/2013 at 10:51 AM:

    @Victoria—It’s more like a “family campground.”

    Victoria left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 9:54 PM:

    I’ve been going to the Vineyard my whole life, where is this trailer park you speak of, because I’ve yet to find one?

    Alex left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry do you know what model year it is? I believe I saw one around my neighborhood the other day, I assumed it was some sort of old Jeep.

    Josh left a comment on 5/25/2013 at 1:21 PM:

    This photograph is your new calling card.

    George left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 6:51 PM:

    Please tell me that is NOT a Schlitz on the dash…

    Alexander left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 1:46 PM:

    @MGM - Agreed! Love the photography FE but it’d be great to see (even more) creative writing.

    MGM left a comment on 5/24/2013 at 8:33 AM:

    Great writing, FEC.  You should write more!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 4:49 PM:

    @Sam—This is a Chevy Silverado.

    @Alexander—Nice insider tip.

    Sam left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 3:19 PM:

    I love that truck. Does anyone know what it is?

    Alexander left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 2:59 PM:

    One of my favorite things to do on ACK is a late evening BBQ at Great Point. You can only get to it with a beach vehicle permit, so it’s definitely off the beaten path.

    Technically you’re not supposed to be there after sundown if you’re not a fisherman, but the cops will give you a break if you drop a pole in the sand and let the lure bob around in the Atlantic. The late night ride back is the best part.


  • Bad Taste


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  • Social Primer FW13 Inspiration


    This week I’m down in The Holy City (perhaps nicknamed by virtue of the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape) for Charleston Fashion Week. Friend and colleague, K. Cooper Ray is showing his Social Primer Fall/Winter 2013 tailored clothing collection and I’m styling, shooting, and providing the proverbial second opinion. Inspired by the plight of the young Peter Ashley (protagonist of Charleston’s DuBose Heyward’s novel of the same name), pretty dandies from Anna Karenina’s Count Vronsky to England’s Prince Harry round out the muses for the season.

    SP Smoking is American made and Charleston inspired—and it is looking incredible. Showstoppers include a red velvet smoking jacket with peak lapels and a fox head needlepoint cummerbund in navy. Although he plays with the boundaries of traditional tuxedo attire by introducing utilizing midnight blue, “Reagan red,” and oyster in his suiting, Ray remains true to the hallmark of evening-wear, the black tie. It is currently a madhouse at headquarters but we are fighting the good fight down to the very last minute before showtime Friday night at 8:00pm. For God, for country, for Charleston.

    Mar 18, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/27/2013 at 4:03 PM:

    @Angel—It’s not weird at all…we were holed up at his headquarters for three days straight prepping for his show and his show wasn’t at the Charleston Fashion Week tent. It was at the Charleston private library.

    Angel left a comment on 3/27/2013 at 10:37 AM:

    Thats weird, cause I didn’t see you or Cooper all week. Oh well.

    Angel’s Point of View

    Rake left a comment on 3/25/2013 at 3:18 PM:

    Interested to see the collection.

    Hope @ Fairhope Supply Co. left a comment on 3/24/2013 at 10:10 PM:

    Reagan Red brings good memories and good feelings of a happier America.  Have fun in Charleston!


  • Family Portrait 2013


    My boys are on spring break this week and I couldn't be happier that they're spending it with me in New York. It's their first time in the city and we're aiming for "best spring break ever." We'll accept nothing less. Yes, the Statue of Liberty is still closed from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and yes, Sheep Meadow is not in season but we're not bitter. The American Museum of Natural History is a showstopper and F.A.O. Schwarz is still cool to 10 and 11 year-olds...and 30 year-olds too, surprisingly. I spied a 9" alligator head from the corner of my eye at the pop-up Evolution store and the little boy inside of me geeked out. Of course, I couldn't let them get back on that plane without a family portrait (and don't let other parents tell you otherwise, bribing the incentive system is how these things get done).

    Best week ever.

    Mar 15, 2013 | Permalink (20) View/Leave Comments

    JP left a comment on 5/14/2013 at 4:47 PM:

    Who is this ‘Tim’ dick? Shut your pie-hole, dude.

    Alec Vanderboom left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 11:01 AM:

    well done sir

    C.L. Young left a comment on 3/21/2013 at 6:53 PM:

    @Tim—Let’s be and act gentlemanly! Is that not what being a man is about? Constructive criticism is one thing, but rudeness, very crude.

    @Castleberry-This sums up what fatherhood is all about…quality time with those that matter the most! As a father of two great kids that I would go to the ends of the world for, I truly “get it”! Thanks for this heart-warming picture. It really made my day! We (meaning you and I and others who “get it”) are truly blessed!

    psp left a comment on 3/20/2013 at 9:01 PM:

    FEC, Glad you guys enjoyed Dylan’s.  She married one of my fraternity brothers from Penn. 
    If you make the trip to RI this summer I have some great recommendations for family activities.  My girls love the East Bay Bike Path with stops at Dell’s Lemonade.  We are looking at taking your recommendation on Boca Grande.  Looks as close as you can get to the Vinyard or Block in FL. Best PSP

    EBCDesq. left a comment on 3/20/2013 at 7:53 PM:

    I hope their first week in the city is the best! Have a most excellent time with them. And, hopefully they haven’t grown up so much that you can’t still swing from them from your limbs. :-)

    RLS left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 7:47 PM:

    You are blessed.

    Richie left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 3:17 PM:

    Just tell me what the shipping cost will be to my country (South Africa: a country devoid of good clothes).

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 3:01 PM:

    @Richie—At the rate they’re going you won’t be waiting long.

    Richie left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 2:50 PM:

    As your boys outgrow their clothes, will you ship them to me for mine?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 12:24 PM:

    @Tim—It’s simply decoration.

    Tim left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 12:22 PM:

    Fred - Talk to us about the taxidermy. Fair to assume you didn’t kill the beasts? Strikes me - perhaps - as a bit contrived to hang dead animals on your wall when you didn’t kill/hunt them….no?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 11:14 AM:

    @Tim—The same day I shot this portrait we were shot by another photographer for a spring editorial feature…and plus, it was spring break :)

    Tim left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 11:04 AM:

    Why are you dressed in summer clothes?

    Karen left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 9:05 AM:

    Gorgeous family!

    Dan left a comment on 3/19/2013 at 12:41 AM:

    Love the set-up! Now SMILE, DANGIT.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 9:35 PM:

    @psp—We did indeed make a visit to Dylan’s Candy Bar for ice cream. They loved it. We had plans to check out the USS Intrepid but ran out of days. Next time…

    psp left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 9:30 PM:

    How about a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar,  my girls loved it.  Then the Intrepid for a little testosterone

    BG left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 8:03 PM:

    Terrific taste in personal effects, ‘A Privileged Life’ indeed ...

    MJ left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 7:27 PM:

    Great portrait, your boys are adorable!

    emjkmj left a comment on 3/18/2013 at 7:25 PM:

    Fantastic family portrait, Wes Anderson approved….


  • Interviewed in Mar GQ Taiwan


    GQ Taiwan recently interviewed me for a piece they did on New Fashion Media in their recent March issue. While I can’t decipher the majority of the copy (yes, I tried Google Translate), I can share my unabridged answers to their questions below in English.

    Why did you start Unabashedly Prep?

    The underlying motivation for creating Unabashedly Prep was in essence two-fold. I wanted to create a place guys could learn more about preppy fashion while inspiring them to gravitate toward classic dressing.

    How would you describe your style?

    The obvious answer is that my style is, in essence, preppy. But it's really more than that. My sense of style revolves around a classic sensibility rooted in American sportswear. It's timeless and preppy...but worn with a wink.

    What is your ideal look for men today?

    My ideal look for today's guy is a mix of American sportswear with tailored clothing. It's that mix that exhibits a little imagination while projecting a casual confidence. American men, at times, have done this really well.

    To what would you contribute the success of Unabashedly Prep thus far?

    "Success" is different for each person. For me, the very definition of the word has changed more than 17 times over the four years I've been publishing it. It's certainly superseded any modest expectations I initially had. Looking back, I focused on content I was passionate about, quality imagery, frequent publishing. That apparently clicked with some people.

    Has your blog changed in any way since you started it?

    For the most part, Unabashedly Prep is essentially still the same blog I started in 2009. I've had to say "no" to scads of propositions but I'm happy with that.

    What is the most memorable thing that has happened in relation to your blog?

    The most memorable event that happened in relation to my blog was the opportunity to join Ralph Lauren as a director of concept design back in April of 2012.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    SPQR left a comment on 3/30/2013 at 9:20 AM:

    ahh….then well done!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2013 at 5:39 PM:

    @SPQR—They were not aware of my heritage until after the fact.

    SPQR left a comment on 3/29/2013 at 4:51 PM:

    Curious if they selected you in part because of your Taiwanese heritage?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/16/2013 at 12:54 PM:

    @Wayne—If my memory serves me correct, I wore brown snaffle bit loafers, sans socks of course.

    Wayne left a comment on 3/16/2013 at 12:42 PM:

    Curious what shoes you wore in that photo, killer look!

    Andrew left a comment on 3/14/2013 at 3:59 PM:

    Congrats on the well-spoken interview! As a long time reader, I hope it’s one of many.

    John left a comment on 3/13/2013 at 6:44 AM:

    Cool, I saw that issue on the shelf the other other day.

    Google Translate won’t be of any help. It’s bad enough for languages closely related to English, but with Chinese it will basically be gibberish. I actually do some work as a translator here in Taiwan, so get in touch if you’d like a translation.

    emjkmj left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 3:15 PM:

    @FEC, very cool…

    Saturdays left a comment on 3/12/2013 at 10:47 AM:

    Congrats on the feature, a shame they didn’t put you on the cover though.

    ; )


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