• Creel and Gow

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    by Tucker Chet Markus

    There is a brownstone on 70th Street and Lexington Avenue that houses the world.

    Creel and Gow was established in October 2012 by entrepreneur Jamie Creel and Sotheby’s sculpture aesthete Christopher Gow. What has emerged from their union is an entirely one-of-a-kind accumulation of the natural world’s finest art. To cross the threshold of this place is to encounter the exotic. Inside is a collection of exquisite objects from depths of prehistoric oceans, 19th century Parisian ateliers, swaying jungle treetops—a museum of natural creation, though here, these pieces are meant to be brought home.

    A fossilized Sea Lily from the Jurassic Period (a time when North America and Africa were one stretch of land), $20,000; a Peacock whose ornate tail feathers plunge down its back, $3,000; elaborate statuettes hand-carved out of Moose antlers, $200; a black-and-white-striped rug that once roamed South African plains, $3,500—here, the face of Mother Nature is painted upon every portrait, carved into every sculpture.

    New York is a place filled by every corner of the earth, but at Creel and Gow, Earth fills a corner of New York—in a brownstone on 70th and Lex.

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    closet confections left a comment on 9/6/2013 at 1:21 PM:

    this store looks amazing.  i love interesting little shops like this.  i’ll definitely try to swing by over the weekend.  thanks for the recommendation.

    Gregory Tenenbaum left a comment on 9/2/2013 at 6:32 AM:

    Proof that the UES is still King. Proof that there is a God. Proof that ... this is just awesome.

    Worldoyster left a comment on 9/1/2013 at 6:42 AM:

    This looks like a great store!! I will have to go visit next time I am in NYC.

    khordkutta left a comment on 8/31/2013 at 9:13 AM:

    Great Post, Very interesting store.  Thanks for the info.

    George left a comment on 8/30/2013 at 11:01 PM:

    The perennial question: Where do they find all this stuff?


  • Prestat

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    Valentines Day is right around the corner and you’re thinking chocolates? Well, they aren’t cliche if they’re from the heart...and from one of the top chocolate shops in the world. Prestat, founded by confectioner and chocolatier Antoine Dufour in England in 1902, has held the Royal Warrant as purveyors of chocolate from her Majesty the Queen for over 35 years—essentially making Prestat known as the Queen of England’s chocolate makers. They also make a brilliant truffle. In fact, Defour and family created the chocolate truffle back in 1895. They were so good that Roald Dahl—author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—made Prestat truffles central to his racy novel My Uncle Oswald. Try the sea salt caramel truffles. If they’re good enough for the Queen, they’re good enough for your Valentine.

    Prestat's flagship shop at 14 Princes Arcade, Picadilly, London

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    john left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 9:16 PM:

    Makes me hate that I swore off sugar.

    Jessica left a comment on 2/8/2012 at 4:54 PM:

    Dahl was one of my favorite authors, growing up!


  • Wanderers Palm Beach

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    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.

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    emjkmj left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 9:23 PM:

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    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 12:36 PM:

    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 11/24/2011 at 12:20 AM:

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


  • Groovy Palm Beach Vintage

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    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

    Nov 18, 2011 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

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    eileen rooney left a comment on 3/1/2014 at 5:33 PM:

    where are you located Ill be down for Easter!!

    Al left a comment on 1/5/2013 at 2:02 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 11:37 AM:

    Excellent collection!

    Jon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 3:18 PM:

    Could you add Barbarian Rugby to your list of Brands?



    Bevin Elias left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 8:41 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 2:32 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 9:44 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 8:11 PM:

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

    Mrs. SLPS left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 4:33 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 3:54 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 3:05 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.

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

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

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 2:04 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 11/22/2011 at 12:53 AM:

    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 11/22/2011 at 12:18 AM:

    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!

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    Jacob left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 10:37 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 10:30 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 10:27 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.


  • Rugby Haberdashery Shop

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    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.

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    arne left a comment on 11/10/2011 at 4:12 PM:

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

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/9/2011 at 8:16 PM:

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


    Docks left a comment on 10/8/2011 at 4:10 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 11:04 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 8:22 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 8:21 PM:

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

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 7:18 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 5:53 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 5:48 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 4:42 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 10:51 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 9:14 AM:

    great post Fred!! beautiful pix

    BCB left a comment on 10/6/2011 at 2:23 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 10/6/2011 at 12:48 AM:

    i need to move to NYC

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 11:26 PM:

    This is ace! Thanks FEC.

    Omni left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 10:52 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 9:57 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 9:34 PM:

    Some damn good photos man.  Love the style.

    DBCC left a comment on 10/5/2011 at 5:31 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 5:11 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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