• The Debonair

    Top Drawer | Style | Prep Essentials  

    When we caught up with Jason Pollak almost three years ago, he had just given life to Deja Vu Refinery. The pièce de résistance? The Debonair sunglasses. We immediately fell head over heels and have been basking in the sun in them since. Pollak is a product guy. His voice gets pitchy when he starts talking about his glasses’ 45 degree arm joints, historically accurate flat lenses, and custom lens colors (like beer bottle green and polarized beer bottle brown). In a previous life, he was a men's vintage clothing and accessories dealer with a penchant for iconic eye-wear.

    Deja Vu Refinery’s Debonair frame, smartly inspired by vintage Tart Optical Arnels, are handmade by master craftsmen from cellulose acetate (a high quality plastic that lends itself extremely well to coloration). They boast seven barrel hinges (not just five or, Heaven forbid, three), functional rivets, and rounded arm ends—an improvement on the Arnel.

    "What I'm doing is essentially vintage reproduction. It's something you've seen before but better."

    One need not be an eye-wear connoisseur to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail though. It is readily apparent Pollak has created something special. Each frame presented in a time capsule case wrapped in brown butcher paper adorned in idiosyncratic skeleton art. Pollak's personal wax seal finishes it off. The fact that it glows in the dark only confirms what we've known since discovering Debonairs—Pollak embodies an early 90s old-school cool.

    The Debonair ($135) is offered in 36 frame and lens combinations, polished to a shine or in a matte finish. While the translucent blonde hue isn't for everyone, the tortoise shells are as inspired as the iconic frames that came before. You can pick up your own pair for a limited time at 25% off with the discount code “CASTLEBERRY”. Each pair comes with a lifetime warranty and a grip of envious looks.

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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Mink

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    Say hello to Peyton Ladt. Easily one of the sweetest people I've met in New York, she smiles as if you’re the only person in the room. Over oysters at Leadbelly recently, a group of us were all swapping stories and I learned the Ladt girls—there's four of them in New York—share this mink coat that travels the city between them. A night at the opera, an evening gala, or New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker could have any one of the sisters criss-crossing Manhattan to don the heirloom piece.

    The full length mink belonged to their grandmother. It still bears her initials on the inside. Somewhere between a Spring Creek and a Beach Point I knew I wanted to capture a vignette of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Mink memoirs. Wearing fur is about feeling luxurious...dramatic...there's an occasion to it. But it doesn't have to be precious. Wear it like a robe with a ball cap? Sure. What better occasion than over her vintage Bowie tee while singing like nobody’s listening.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    George left a comment on 2/26/2014 at 11:04 PM:

    So, preppies CAN smile! We see so many pouts, frowns, and blanks on the internet looking up “preppy” stuff. It’s reaffirming to know there’s a real person in back of it all. Gotta love those teeth!


    Bob left a comment on 2/26/2014 at 7:52 PM:

    Nice shot. Very nice.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 5:43 PM:

    @Thad—I know they taste really good on the way down…with Tabasco ;)


    Thad left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 5:35 PM:

    Fred, what’s your experience with or knowledge of beach point and spring creek?


    David left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 4:19 PM:

    You are a quarter of the way done with this story.


    Peter left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:44 PM:

    I can only imagine the sort of stories this mink has been an accomplice to.


    Lucas Tingle left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:20 PM:

    Love this post. What a great story and concept - “if that mink had eyes.” I hope they keep a record of everywhere notable it’s been worn.


    Nancy left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 2:03 PM:

    I love you Peyton!! You’re adorable! (Also, all the Ladt girls are amazing).


    Leslie left a comment on 2/25/2014 at 1:26 PM:

    You’re outdoing yourself here.


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  • Orange Is the New Black

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: During my time at Ralph Lauren, Ben Eskridge was one of the biggest fans of Rugby. I love this guy. Each day he brought an incredible energy to the office. He loves color in a city that is black and white. There is always something fresh to take away from what he does. Here, I appreciate his relaxed approach to tailored clothing by mixing in his bright graphic knit Rubgy beanie and parka.

    Jan 31, 2014 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    khordkutta left a comment on 2/17/2014 at 5:49 PM:

    Dig the look! “He loves color in a city that is black and white”. If it wasnt for the guy over Bens left shoulder, the quote would fit perfectly with the photo.


    Big Jon left a comment on 2/15/2014 at 5:47 PM:

    Very cool. Is this for a print ad?


    Lauren left a comment on 2/15/2014 at 4:28 PM:

    I love this guy!


    cam left a comment on 2/15/2014 at 10:25 AM:

    FEC…i recall you mentioning this past summer that you are a fashion designer and had a line of product you were working on….any updates you can share? thank you sir


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  • 29th Annual Harriman Cup

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    Those who go, know. The Harriman Cup is all about the tailgate. More importantly, how you tailgate. Awards for this stuff are handed out you know (along with Best Outfit, Best Dog, Best Hat, and a few awards for actual sporting achievement). Maximillian Sinsteden knows this. In fact, he's banking on this (he was snubbed last year but still walked away with Best Outfit). Max arrives with a U-Haul carrying his beloved beat-to-hell Oriental party rug, ten box hedges he rented from a company in New York, five crates of liquor, two bartenders, and an open bar.

    Now it's a party.

    Adam Klopp of UVA picks his poison

    Swirl striped paper straws, wicker beer pitchers, and mason jars with your initials written in wax pencil were only a few of the details that made The Party Carpet Tailgate so fun

    Otis, the German Short-Haired Pointer who took Best Dog, with his owner

    Max being sprayed with Champagne at the announcement for Best Tailgate

    After blowing out his entire backside before halftime, Adam Klopp taped what he could together and kept riding

    The annual polo match between Yale and University of Virginia alumni is a bittersweet reminder summer is on its way out. Most everyone is four or five in by the divot stomp just to cope with oncoming summer separation anxiety. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy the festivities though. Harriman has always seemed to embrace "the more the merrier" ethos—just come in your Sunday best. This, of course, means not a single thread of madras, seersucker, or linen is left on a hanger within a 100 mile radius. If you're a lady, points for donning a hat. Sponsors, including JP Crickets, my friend Karen Klopp's What2WearWhere.com, Harpoon Brewery, and Frava (caffeinated juice...brilliant when you think about it), line the safety zone alongside games of ladder toss, croquet, and a grip of tailgates.

    Three hours later, Max humbly accepts the award for Best Tailgate...while being doused in Champagne.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    roux left a comment on 8/17/2014 at 6:36 AM:

    where is ‘max’s’ blazer from?


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    Ize left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 4:00 PM:

    UVA!


    Tyrone left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 10:38 AM:

    Those pants are from vineyard vines


    J left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 7:37 PM:

    Any idea who made the geometric colored pants?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:24 PM:

    @Bradford—Unfortunately I do not know who makes that white oxford.

    @Cam—Best Outfit went to a young man named Dean.


    Bradford left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    http://unabashedlyprep.com/up-posts/Culture/29th Annual HarrimanCup/theharrimancup20130907_0232.jpg

    Fred, do you know who makes that oxford? Been looking for it for a while. Thanks


    scaleworm left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 1:29 PM:

    Horses.
    Polo.
    Summer.
    Drinks.
    Sun.
    What is not to love?


    cam left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    fun event…who won best outfit?


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  • Tight Croquet

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    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    Noteworthy: silk head scarf (on her), the gentleman's look is absolutely perfect.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Leith left a comment on 9/13/2013 at 11:53 AM:

    I absolutely love her look!  Classic yet fun :)
    http://outsidelanddiaries.blogspot.com


    Steve left a comment on 9/12/2013 at 1:45 AM:

    Loving the Hermes scarf. Crocket and Jones on the gentleman? They both look stunning!


    Alicia left a comment on 9/12/2013 at 1:43 AM:

    @Lauren the scarf is by Hermes and @chapeau the sunglasses are definitely Persol


    Lauren left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 9:03 PM:

    Love the head scarf!

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


    emjkmj left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 7:47 PM:

    @Chapeau, he is wearing Persol sunglasses.


    chapeau left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 6:47 PM:

    What glasses is the gentleman wearing? Also, the jacket? Perfect look. The young lady also looks stunning.


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