• Wanderers Palm Beach

    Store Profiles  

    Del Toro, the youthful Prince Albert slipper start-up helmed by Matthew Chevallard, set up shop on Palm Beach earlier this month. Wanderers Palm Beach is a limited edition store inspired by its surrounding artistic atmosphere—more or less a fresh take on the traditional pop-up shop. Chevallard, along with fellow designer Christina Coniglio, curated a selection of local photography, jewelry, mens swimwear, and pottery to complement the offering at Wanderers. I popped into the Royal Poinciana Way location over the weekend to check out the latest collection for men and women. That’s right, Del Toro is debuting their womens collection at the shop, boasting leopard and zebra pony hair slippers as well as velvet and linen options. Also debuting next month at Wanderers? An F.E. Castleberry for Del Toro black watch Prince Albert slipper.

    Nov 22, 2011 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

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    mattymays left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 3:49 AM:

    hi www.unabashedlyprep.com-ers all the best   to every one -  matty mays


    emjkmj left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 8:23 PM:

    @Laguna, I thought the same thing when I moved to PB.  But during storm season we get 6-8 waves.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 11:36 AM:

    Very nice.

    My Prince Alberts are from Edward Green and Stubbs & Wootton, but I might have to give Del Toro a try.

    I have to laugh at the picture of the surfboard. A surfboard…in Florida?! LOL!!


    emjkmj left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 11:20 PM:

    Show us some pics of your slippers… Is it a black watch plaid with any embroidery?


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  • Groovy Palm Beach Vintage

    Store Profiles  

    Douglas Fredericks runs a quaint vintage shop on Palm Beach that could blow your mind, you know, if you're into that sort of thing.  I am.  The locals call him E.J. (his middle name) and they raid Groovy Palm Beach Vintage for the vintage Lilly Pilitzer and Emilio Pucci he's become known for since turning the lights on seven years ago.  Brightly patterned blazers and psychedelic print dresses line the walls and ceiling. Gucci snaffle bit loafers, Aldens, and Pucci heels nonchalantly sit on display.  But like any great vintage shop worth its weight in gold buttons, you still have to dig.

    Despite the prodigious curation, what you don't see is E.J.'s private collection that isn't for sale.  It alone contains over 40 vintage mens Lilly sportcoats (the one he's wearing is his favorite) and more Pucci than you could poke your signet ring finger at. All is hardly lost. I poach a pair of white bucks ($40), a paisley ascot ($25), and a Gant foulard tie ($20) originally sold at a men's shop by the name of Ermilio. The piece I really wanted? A crazy print mens Lilly blazer with original gold buttons ($525).

    Photographed on Palm Beach, FL

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    eileen rooney left a comment on 3/1/2014 at 4:33 PM:

    where are you located Ill be down for Easter!!


    Al left a comment on 1/5/2013 at 1:02 AM:

    I was just here about a week ago. I mentioned your post to EJ; he showed me a custom pair of Stubbs and Woottons that he said you’d probably be crazy about. It was definitely a cool experience visiting the store


    Kelly left a comment on 12/21/2012 at 10:37 AM:

    Excellent collection!


    Jon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:18 PM:

    Could you add Barbarian Rugby to your list of Brands?
    www.BarbarianRugy.com

    Thanks,

    Jon


    Bevin Elias left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 7:41 PM:

    I just visited Palm Beach on my Florida Inspiration tour, Thanks Fred good places.  Wouldn’t it be cool to reside down here at a moment at the height of the good times of fashion and culture.


    Cindy left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 1:32 PM:

    We were there yesterday for 3 hours (we need to remember to bring a bottle of champagne along next time).  Amazing clothes.  Amazing prices.  And an amazing guy.  We will return!!


    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 8:44 AM:

    Love this store, was just down there last weekend. Wish I had left more time to shopping.


    J.Miller left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 7:11 PM:

    I would love to have the light blue flower blazer he is wearing


    Mrs. SLPS left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 3:33 PM:

    I have been planning a trip there for the last few years and have yet to make it down there.  I really need to make a point.


    Horatio left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 2:54 PM:

    My Grandfather gave me his Burberry Mac which I have started wearing. I would never normally be someone who would look out for vintage clothing but I must say I’m hooked!


    Victoria left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 2:05 PM:

    What I’d give to go there. I’m traveling to Florida on my spring break and have recently gotten into vintage shopping. All of that Lilly makes me excited.


    Aja Lake left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 11:03 AM:

    fabu!

    http://ajalake.blogspot.com/


    JNG left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 10:21 AM:

    Go EJ! Fantastic shot of him. Love that man.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 1:04 AM:

    Fantastic! Thanks for posting this. When I was a teen in London in the pre-eBay days I wore tons of vintage stuff. I wish I had kept some of the nicer items.


    poloist12 left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 11:53 PM:

    Is Church Mouse still going strong? They had some nice vintage items last I was there.. Been years since I’ve been out that way. If still in PB, stop in. However, they don’t or didn’t have near as much as this place.


    lexi left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 11:18 PM:

    I thought I had made my way through every resource for vintage finds in Palm Beach; next time I visit my family on the island I’m going to have to call E.J. for an appointment. Thank you for writing about this!


    Muffy left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 9:43 PM:

    Swoon!


    Jacob left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    What a great store. I would love to have an hour or two there, because I own (and love) my predominantly vintage, yet classic, wardrobe. I would love to get my hands on a few Lilly jackets.


    emjkmj left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 9:30 PM:

    When I was in high school, I used to buy old items at vintage shops.  I loved showing my Grandfather things I would buy.  I remember showing him a vintage pair of loafers I bought, he would call them “Dead man’s shoes”... I can still hear his voice…


    MGM left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 9:27 PM:

    I’d pay $40 for those white loafers.  Looks like a great store.  Vintage stores are sort of like a personalized unstructured Ebay search.


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  • Rugby Haberdashery Shop

    Top Drawer | Style | Store Profiles  

    On a chilly Tuesday night in the West Village, the dark woods, warm glow, and beat-to-hell Oriental rugs of 390 Bleecker Street are a welcome invitation. Dennis and Lynton greet Coggins, Mordechai, Foxley, Darrell, Brian, and me from inside the diminutive shop. You would never guess the rectangular West Village space was vacant one month ago. From the creaky wooden planked floor to the fireplace stuffed with 19th century hard bound books, Rugby’s haberdashery shop feels anything but new. In fact, all it’s missing is a coat of dust.

    The shop typically closes at 7pm but the boys keep it open for us so we can check out Rugby’s custom shirting program. With a bin of Brooklyn Lager on ice, Wilco in the air, and vintage English pieces waiting to be discovered, the experience feels similar to 99 University Place but intimate...grown up. Vintage Barbour Internationals hang overhead (yes, they are for sale), rare John Lobb velvet Prince Albert slippers are kept safe in a vault down stairs (no, these are not for sale), and suiting made in Italy lines the walls. My dad could shop here—my dad would shop here.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Rugby takes the oxford silhouette you already love and renders your made-to-order shirt in cloth from the world’s finest mills. You handpick the elements, from seven classic fabrics, four collars, two cuffs, chest pocket, and customized monogram, and Rugby puts it together according to your exact specifications and measurements. After a back and forth with Lynton, I opt for the blue and white university striped oxford with white tab collar, barrel cuff, chest pocket, and my monogram. The other gentlemen follow suit with an array of chambray, pink oxford, and striped broadcloth selections.

    Rugby’s dress shirts are manufactured by the revered New England Shirt Company in Fall River, Massachusetts. The craftsmanship and quality pay homage to New England tradition—the soft shoulder sack suit, boat shoes, summers in Newport, and winters in Vermont. The American outfit has been making clothing of incredible quality for the last 75 years. Each shirt is hand made by skilled, dedicated craftsmen using vintage sewing machines to create classic staples you’ll wear for years to come.

    Oct 5, 2011 | Permalink (20) View/Leave Comments

    arne left a comment on 11/10/2011 at 3:12 PM:

    why don’t we have store’s like this in holland?


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/9/2011 at 7:16 PM:

    It’s funny how Americans generally are into any shirt collar BUT spread/cutaway collar. I wonder why this is…? Odd.

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    Docks left a comment on 10/8/2011 at 3:10 AM:

    The essence of the matter is that you’re getting made-to-measure pieces with customization. For many however, that’s satisfactory, especially given the heritage and quality bestowed via the manufacturer.

    The Bleecker store is phenomenal, Fred. I was waiting to see this entry. Talked with Lynton and Lawrence one night, they said you stop by on occasion.


    Richard Ross left a comment on 10/7/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    I’ve looked at this like ten times. This is such a great piece. The fireplace full of books is absolutely brilliant.


    Preposity left a comment on 10/7/2011 at 7:22 AM:

    I visited the Bleecker St store when I was in NYC recently, despite being from London, England, it’s so cosy and intimate. Now we have our own store here in London. The visual merchandising in the Rugby stores is just top notch, unequaled. I’m intrigued by the custom shirting, wonder if it’s available in the UK?
    Great photos Fred, I can tell you had a great time shooting there, since you’ve published so many great images in this post.


    Scott left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 7:21 PM:

    Wonderful.  I’d like to move in here tout de suite….


    emjkmj left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 6:18 PM:

    I have toured the New England Shirt Company and I think their products are worth the $150 retail, at that price NESC has gross revenue of about $50, that is including fabric.  When you pay union wages like they do and each order is a one off… this work isn’t very profitable.  If you compare NESC, Gitman or another high quality US manufacturer the retail price is usually in that same ball park (unless you have a real high grade fabric).  I guess what gets lost in translation here is it is more of a limited made-to-measure vs. a real custom shirt program.  But if your shopping at Rugby, you are buying into that particular aesthetic or in this case a particular fit.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 4:53 PM:

    @bucephalus—You choose your neck size and then you choose your sleeve length.  The waist and chest will be the same fit as Rugby’s University oxford.


    bucephalus left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 4:48 PM:

    I’m confused.  Can you or can you not customise basic measurements like neck, chest, yoke, etc. ?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 3:42 PM:

    @AEV—The value Rugby is bringing to their custom shirting program is in the “limited selections” and “fit measurements.”  They are using their existing oxford silhouette which fits most men (who are in shape) well.

    I have gone through the J.Hilburn bespoke shirting process twice.  For the average man, it is very easy to get lost in the myriad of decisions required to create a shirt…and I’m not even talking about fabric selection at this point.  The value here is Rugby has made the big decisions (in line with their point of view and brand) and they allow their guys to make the smaller decisions (cuffs, collars, one of seven fabrics, etc).  More is not necessarily better.  A man has to really know himself in order to go completely bespoke successfully (and few do).  Rugby has made a tight edit in order to make the custom shirting process as familiar as possible to those in favor of their point of view.

    I should also add that the slight price premium is due to the fact that these shirts are made in New England, not Asia.

    @Dan—Rugby’s target market isn’t just 18-25 years olds anymore.


    Dan left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 9:51 AM:

    Rugby has just opened in London, great shop with prices to match. Who in the target age group of 18 to 25 can afford this stuff ?


    trm left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 8:14 AM:

    great post Fred!! beautiful pix


    BCB left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 1:23 AM:

    Love the look of the shop. Wish we had this kinda class in Texas, but that’s just also a uniquely northeast look. Oh how I miss my days in the UK… Also, @FEC, why are prince albert slippers all so pricey? I’ve never seen a single pair below two hundred. I get you’re paying for quality and I’m not complaining, I just wonder why they often outprice fine leather shoes or cost a similar amount.


    cam left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 11:48 PM:

    i need to move to NYC


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 10:26 PM:

    This is ace! Thanks FEC.


    Omni left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 9:52 PM:

    ATH, I felt the same way when I tried one on a few months ago…I wound up purchasing one from Jcrew in brown herringbone instead.

    Great work on this one Fred, loving everything in these pics but can’t justify spending the coin on them even being a part time RL employee.


    ATH left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 8:57 PM:

    I love the Rugby Black/White herringbone jacket!  I tried it on and, quite unfortunately, the fit was very odd.  Didn’t fit well at all.  Any suggestions on inexpensive herringbone jackets?
    -ATH (exceedinglypreppy.blogspot.com)


    Rhon left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 8:34 PM:

    Some damn good photos man.  Love the style.


    DBCC left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 4:31 PM:

    Great effort, Freddy.  I’ll be at Rugby’s Boston location this weekend.  Thank you.


    Carlos Ultreras left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 4:11 PM:

    Beautifully written. I wanted to trade this coffee for a scotch as I was reading this. Awesome photo’s as well. Can’t wait to see the shirt in your site.


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  • Ann Mashburn

    Style | Store Profiles | Prep Essentials  

    Sunday afternoon at 1158 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, Georgia, and if the ladies that just opened the Ann Mashburn boutique are exhausted—if the pressure of complementing one of the best, if not the best, mens’ shops in the country that consistently garners praise from the likes of GQ, countless style blogs, and its burgeoning clientele is getting to them, if they feel like they’re going 100 miles an hour from trade shows to shuffling two doors down to their tailors holed up in Sid’s shop—you wouldn’t know it.

    Elizabeth, the eldest of five Mashburn daughters, greets me at the door with a collegiate smile. Even though she is under the spell of a trans-Atlantic jet lag, her southern hospitality masks it. While most college seniors her age spent the summer grasping at the waning days of adolescence, Elizabeth was volunteering in Africa, working alongside her mom to open up the eponymous shop in Atlanta, and acquiring a hands-on education in fashion merchandising and retailing.

    Ann Mashburn is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we have it all to ourselves. The experience feels similar to Sid’s place but softer. Instead of dark stained woods and taxidermy, white surfaces, gold framed mirrors, and north light pouring in from the storefront windows persist.

    Ann, with her right hand woman Jen, has just returned from a trade show spawning the thought to carry Le Chameau rubber boots in lieu of Hunters. “Everyone seems to be doing Hunters now.”

    This is the magic behind what the Mashburns do. They curate. And they do an impeccable job of it. Meticulous even. It’s why every woman from the suede-fringed-boot-wearing Taylor-Swift-listening teen to the 80 year-old who appreciates the style and cut of the shirts stops in.

    “Our customers are women who want to look great, have some attention paid to them while they shop, and get some good advice if they need it.”

    Jen, Ann, and Elizabeth

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    With stints as an assistant to Polly Mellen at Vogue in the 80s, an editor at Glamour, and a stylist at J.Crew, Mashburn came into this experience as an editor, not as a retailer. Sid and Ann launched Sid Mashburn together three years ago. “We set out to build a brand based on nothing more than what we loved and what we wanted to stand behind.” Her shop, which opened this summer, evolved with some heavy coaxing from their daughters. “They were quite tired of Sid getting all of the attention and, really, just wanting some girl things to wear for themselves. We already had a family business and lots of female opinions that needed an outlet.”

    Aside from her own private label, Mashburn stocks Barbara Shaum sandals and belts, Delman shoes and boots, J Brand jeans and pants, Saint James tees and sweaters, Levi’s, Pretty Ballerinas flats and heels, Fred Perry and Lacoste polos, Superga sneakers, and James Perse tees, tanks, turtlenecks. Come spring, A.P.C., Barbour, Mackintosh trenches, Tucker blouses and dresses, and Jil Sander will line the shelves.

    “For us, it’s about the edit...not the item.”

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    Cal left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 5:04 PM:

    Beautiful job Ann! Wish I were closer to see it all in person. Take good care. xx


    The Broke Socialite left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 11:09 AM:

    LOVE Ann and the team! The shop is in our ‘hood. Can’t keep out of there.


    Laura left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 8:20 AM:

    I would love to shop Ann Mashburn online!  Noticed the website says it’s being updated.


    kathie left a comment on 11/28/2010 at 8:40 AM:

    @Megan - try ‘Summer is a Verb’ (summerisaverb.blogspot.com). While I, too, love Muffy Aldrich I often crave more ‘adventure’ in my wardrobe. You’ll definitely find that with Allie.


    allison Lees left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM:

    Your store looks great!


    bunny left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 11:30 PM:

    the store looks gorgeous. i love seeing creative peeps mood boards. the chic catherine deneuve photo is unexpected.  not a reference you hear much in prep.  should be used more :) classy like ann mashy is the highest compliment i can think of for a lady.


    Jesse Lyn left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 2:52 PM:

    I am in L-O-V-E! I will need to make a visit down South come summer to check out the lovely Mrs. Mashburns gorg store!!!  It appears simply perfect and immaculately put together. 

    Ps. Best blog for all things prep!!


    Grace left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 12:04 PM:

    My husband & I are both loyal Mashburn shoppers. Born & raised in R.I. we’ve been in Atlanta for 6 years (since we graduated from graduate school). It has been so exciting watching the Mashburns grow from small start up shop to national names.  Ann Mashburn is a smart & stylish woman.  I’m glad she is doing so well.  In a city filled with boutiques hers stands out amongst the rest.


    Campbell H K left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 11:10 AM:

    Wow, what a couple. I find the layout of each of the Mashburn stores to be almost as compelling as the clothes themselves.

    And I immediately have the hots for “Elizabeth”.


    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 10:01 AM:

    A shop as lovely as I imagined it would be. Great article, and the photos speak to the welcoming simplicity and softness of the space. Well done!


    ACH left a comment on 11/25/2010 at 9:25 AM:

    Just lovely.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 7:46 PM:

    What a wonderful space. Best wishes for great success to this addition to the Mashburn brand; great photos as usual.


    Megan left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 7:34 PM:

    Thank you F.E.C. for featuring the more feminine sides of prep. This seems like a perfect occasion to ask you a question that I have been trying to solve: Do you have any good recommendations for preppy blogs/sites that cater specifically or at least regularly to women? Obviously Muffy Aldrich’s site is a bible when it comes to wardrobe staples and essentials, but I have been looking for someone who offers advice geared toward a more adventurous and dare I say younger look. Any advice? And I also have to say that while I know your work is geared towards men, your attention to women is not only very appreciated but superb!


    Victoria left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 2:30 PM:

    Ah! Take me there. I would kill for more shops like this on the east coast, especially Rhode Island. Hardly anything unless you travel to Newport.

    Ps. Mason Pearson is the best hairbrush ever made, I’ve had mine for years. Yet to fail me.


    tammy left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 2:14 PM:

    I love the clean and simple look of the store.  It gives the impression that one is walking into the walking closet of your dreams.


    JFD left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 12:43 PM:

    That’s a very nice looking store. There used to be in our town several relatively small classy (kinda preppy) stores where my wife could buy wardrobe staples and some special things, all gently related to classic looks (shirtwaist dresses, shetland sweaters, loafers, blazers) and they’ve all gone now. There certainly is a place for this kind of thing—at least in our budget—but, if the market means anything, apparently there aren’t enough of us anymore for even larger cities to support such a place. That’s sad.


    Harriet Litzky left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 12:33 PM:

    Jen,
    You make me proud.
    Harriet
    Your Second Grade Teacher


    Natalie J. left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 12:23 PM:

    Born and raised in Atlanta for 25 years I can verify the necessity of a store such as this one. I wish this store has been open while I gathered my Georgia Tech degrees - it would have made my fashion transition from young adult to adult much more enjoyable! The sophistication and personally-garnered character of this store fills a much needed niche juxtaposed with the plentifully available larger retailers and “trendy,” but limited in terms of the classic style, boutiques already in Atlanta.


    Andy M. left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 11:23 AM:

    Nice to see the Mashburns continuing to get attention.  It’s a beautiful store; my girlfriend loved browsing there after my last trip to Sid.  As usual, I’m perplexed by LBF’s unrelenting negativity.  Perhaps this style of clothing is harder to come by in Atlanta than in other locales.  I can’t speak for women, but if local ladies feel the same way walking into Ann Mashburn as men do going into Sid, then I’m sure they greatly appreciate having this boutique available to them.


    The Boss left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 11:05 AM:

    “Our customers are women who want to look great, have some attention paid to them while they shop, and get some good advice if they need it.”—The operative word being “if” on the latter point.

    It’s wonderfully refreshing to see a women’s boutique that has a mutual respect for their customers.


    Kathie left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 10:40 AM:

    Women need another boutique like this. I see very classy, basic items. With a world full of H & M’s, J Crew going off the deep end and other retailers following suit it is extremely difficulty, not to mention exasperating to find decent clothing. I’ve even been disappointed in Brooks Brothers lately, and I feel like I meet myself coming and going in J.Laughlin and Lily.


    AWKeller left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 8:50 AM:

    I want to get up from my desk, get in my car, and drive to Atlanta to visit this store.  Right.  Now.


    Rashidi left a comment on 11/24/2010 at 7:48 AM:

    I saw some bags on my last visit that I think the lady might like for Christmas. Great pics.


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  • The Cary Collection

    Music & Books | Store Profiles  

    Thomas Cary just paid $1,400 for Take Ivy, and it was only the second edition. It doesn’t bother him that it’s being reprinted. “I have clients—I sell to Tommy (Hilfiger?),” he assures me. Over the last decade he has spent up to a quarter million a year on rare and vintage books only to turn around and shrewdly supply them to the likes of Kate Spade, Tory Burch, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. They are just a few of many tapping The Cary Collection for design inspiration and display; furnishing their retail stores stretching from the Hamptons to far east Asia. Though a queer client list for a book dealer, Cary’s aesthete taste has granted him access to this veritable Who’s Who of neo-prep designers.

    “Just watch your step,” Cary warns me as we tight walk our way through the narrow hallway. Stacks of rare and vintage books scale the walls as high as eye level. At first glance, the 900 square foot Upper East Side apartment is a mad experiment in preppy hoarding, but upon further inspection I realize it is actually painstakingly merchandised. He converted his apartment into a showroom 10 years ago (available by appointment). Rare cocktail how-to books amusingly perch near antiquated Stork Club memorabilia, vintage needlepoint pillows of horses and terriers dot the WASPy interior—including one handmade by Brigid Berlin (one of Andy Warhol’s muses), while a vintage Gucci saddle rests on the back of a slipper chair; all showcased in intricate arrangements upon a scad of oriental rugs.

    “Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”        —Walter Benjamin

    Photographed in New York, NY (click select images to enlarge)

    Thomas W. L. Ashley's Skull and Bones 1948 yearbook

    Cary's Prince Albert velvet slipper collection rivals his books

    He is a merchandising virtuoso having spent 30 years in the fashion industry. During his days at Paul Stuart (and Brooks Brothers prior), he would run down on his lunch hour combing antiquarian book shops then hop on a train, grab a slice and be back on the selling floor in 59 minutes. Such is the life of a rare and vintage book dealer. “As a teen I would skip school and fly into the city when my parents were away,” Cary says. “I was a real wheeler and dealer in high school,” dealing in stamps and uncirculated American coins. In 2001, a home equity loan enabled him to spearhead the acquisition of his unparalleled catalogue.

    Since singularly creating a specialty niche market of selling to high-end global purveyors, Cary has expanded The Cary Collection to lamps, needlepoint and accoutrement from a bygone era when men were (mad) men. One of its most fascinating books is a 1948 Yale Skull & Bones yearbook underscoring a young George Herbert Walker Bush’s betrothal to the secret society. And this is not particularly exotic in relation to its 15,000 other books. The curated stock displayed in the showroom is only the tip of the iceberg. You can peruse the collection online at Abe Books or by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 245 E. 72nd St New York, NY.

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    Principe left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 8:28 AM:

    Great stuff! Some of the colours are a little to polychromatic, (I ‘m a tweeds and flannel type of guy) but all in all most intriguing…. and remember if you visit the premises don’t just ooh and aah… buy something! It’s a commercial enterprise, not a museum….


    richard hammond left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 3:05 PM:

    Wonderful web site, very nice talking with you today Thomas about the Bill Blass auction catalog. Look forward to visiting your gallery.


    Tickled Pink And Green left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 4:19 AM:

    How did I miss this post?
    OMG I want to spend a week there exploring.  Next time my mom says I have too much stuff I’m showing her these pictures.  I’m inspired now to do a million new things….  : )


    isabelle left a comment on 10/19/2010 at 8:08 AM:

    Thanks for sharing this extraordinary collection of vintage books. It is totally fabulous.


    Tippy left a comment on 10/4/2010 at 2:57 PM:

    Darn…he was about 12 blocks away from being my neighbor.  Now that would have been cool.


    MikeZFromHouston left a comment on 9/18/2010 at 11:19 PM:

    Cool post, I will be sure to come back and visit!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 9/7/2010 at 3:36 PM:

    Absolute mad house. Another great piece!


    mara left a comment on 9/5/2010 at 10:21 PM:

    i really really enjoyed this post! thanks so much!!!

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    Christopher Tawney left a comment on 9/5/2010 at 1:13 PM:

    Time to move on,Basher.


    Jay left a comment on 9/5/2010 at 12:57 PM:

    “Hoarders: Prep Edition”  While I love the collection, he needs to get a proper showroom.  I would be afraid to lift a blazer for fear what was underneath.


    Chznone left a comment on 9/4/2010 at 10:58 AM:

    A-MA-ZING!!!!!!! Makes me look like a minimalist, which I am far from….......


    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/4/2010 at 10:30 AM:

    His place is fascinating and his book collection is astounding, but I bet talking to him is even more interesting! Thank you for sharing this.


    bunny left a comment on 9/4/2010 at 1:51 AM:

    amazing. naturally i love the needlepoint pillow of the dog in olde finery and the fox hunt dioramas.


    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:07 PM:

    Stunning. I’m speechless.


    Ted Roosevelt left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 6:08 PM:

    Perhaps the most extraordinary collection this side of paradise!


    Sophia Redmond left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 6:00 PM:

    That shoe collection puts Carry Bradshaw’s to shame.


    Caron left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 4:26 PM:

    This must be something like falling down the rabbit hole in Greenwich, CT.


    A.W.Keller left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 3:45 PM:

    Gorgeous.  I can only imagine how incredible the photos are in the Skull and Bones yearbook.  The whole place must be incredible in real life.


    pitboss12 left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 3:00 PM:

    @FEC - The images are even more striking when enlarged.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 2:50 PM:

    @RPOhio—The Official Preppy Handbook (hardback) fetches about $100 on eBay in good condition.


    RPOhio left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 2:40 PM:

    I have the original Official Preppy Handbook in hardback cover, red cloth cover.  Wonder how much it’d fetch?  Need the cash!!


    TWA left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 2:27 PM:

    Ha! I knew this man was a genius. Everyone tried to poo-poo him and critique his pants being wrinkled/ not hemmed. He is a preppy god! The collection of slippers alone is lust worthy but the whole collection is the complete manifestation. Thank you so much for sharing!


    Royar left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 1:12 PM:

    What wonderful pictures! I must visit there when I go to New York next!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 12:11 PM:

    @Tom & pitboss12—You can know click on select images to enlarge them and take in all the intricate details. Thank you for the suggestion.


    Chens left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 12:10 PM:

    Bravo!


    pitboss12 left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 12:01 PM:

    It looks like the Royal Tennenbaums’ house threw up on itself - in a good way. 

    Great pics, definitely need to be able to enlarge to get the full scope of the space.


    Tom left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 10:40 AM:

    Wow!  That is an extraordinary place.  Any chance you can make it so the pictures will enlarge if you click them? There is so much to look at, I get dizzy with the small pictures :)


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 10:39 AM:

    “Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”  I simply must pay this collection a visit.  Job well done young man capturing this vibrant, detailed masterpiece.


    ACH left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 10:28 AM:

    Thank you; I could look at those pictures all day.


    Andrea left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 10:22 AM:

    Great pictures!  All of the color in his apartment is fantastic.  In a way this reminds me of the set from the Royal Tenenbaums. 
    Interesting that his bold style is reflected in his home.


    michael butts left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 10:00 AM:

    some stuff I love, some stuff is not for me, the clothes and slippers I mean.  And that’s what makes this collection awesome in my opinion.  Eclectic, vast, and personal.


    Emily left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:46 AM:

    A beautiful and incredible, one of a kind collection.


    robdarko left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:35 AM:

    Thank you for this glimpse, F.E.C.


    Cary Randolph left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:20 AM:

    This place is fantastic. A mad hatter, fun house library. And Mr. Cary’s taste impeccable; his adventures, no doubt, completely wild. (But then I think there is something to be said about people named Cary.) Gorgeous photos, FEC.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:05 AM:

    That’s a lot of velvet sleepers! That place is totally whimsical!


    Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) left a comment on 9/3/2010 at 9:01 AM:

    Ooo… I have to be so careful, or my house would look like that. My husband and I just donated over 300 books to our local library system, and STILL have to build a 2nd library in our house to accommodate our collection.

    LOVE the fox on the director’s chair - have any more information on that?


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