Earlier this year I had a buttondown shirt made for me at a Sid Mashburn trunk show in Boston. Pleased with its quality, I reached out to the Mashburn team for details about their shirt offerings, both MTO and ready-to-wear. I received the answers I was looking for (it’s an unfused collar with 3¼” points), but also gained the opportunity to pepper Sid with questions over the phone, leading to a freewheeling discussion touching on the hunt for the perfect collar roll, tie-dye, and Sid’s own relationship to the Ivy League Look.Read More
Ivy style has had something of a moment lately, and no Ivy moment could be complete without yet another online brand vying to recreate the OCBDs of old. On July 28th a new venture calling itself Wythe New York launched a Kickstarter campaign titled “The ‘Perfect’ Oxford Shirt,” hoping to raise $10,000 by August 25th. By August 5th the campaign had raised over $12,000.Read More
When it comes to traveling with suits, zipping one neatly into a garment bag is always the ideal. But whether it’s a matter of carry-on restrictions or inadequate overhead bins, the garment bag is not always going to be an option. There may come a day when you’ll need to pack a suit for a business trip or a special occasion.Read More
Sunday is the day for making a big breakfast, such as French toast. Which rhymes with post. Because, well… Happy Bastille Day from Eric Twardzik, who wrote this poem in honor of French Ivy.Read More
If you’re more familiar with pork Milanese that a Milanese buttonhole, don’t sweat it. There’s a reason why the Milanese buttonhole isn’t exactly a household name: it’s a one-inch detail that cannot be added by machine but requires painstaking handwork to create, and has traditionally been reserved for high-end bespoke suits.
One failure of the Anglo-American mind is its tendency to conflate day drinking with unrestrained rakishness. We view the pre-five o’clock tippler as a cad straight from the set ofMad Men, clearing his afternoon schedule in the wake of a ruinous three-Martini lunch. Our sole exception is brunch, an overdone affair where far more orange juice is likely to be consumed than Champagne.Read More
Spring is here and that’s fine and dandy, but before long it is going to get hot. Hot enough that you don’t really feel like going outside unless it involves a pool. Hot enough that you can’t even consider drinking coffee that isn’t iced. Hot enough that even a pair of cotton chino pants is too much.
Forget what you’ve been told about “the boring grey suit.” Grey is one of the most versatile colors out there, and even slight variations in shade can suit it to entirely different moods and places. As we’ve mentioned, the grey zone for suits is quite diverse—but for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to break the ultra-wearable color into three main categories: light, mid-gray and charcoal.Read More
Not to be confused with Renaissance murals or outdoor dining, fresco fabric is a type of worsted wool with a tactile, slightly raised texture and a more open, breathable weave. The former quality makes it more visually interesting, and the latter makes it an excellent choice for spring and summer wearRead More
Valentino was on to something here. The Italian fashion designer poetically places his thumb on an English sensibility that deeply informs what we do at F.E. Castleberry. It’s evident in our anointment of a young David Hockney as a cardinal brand muse, our allegiance to a code of light formality (albeit slightly bent)—the better your dress, the worse you can behave—and our faithfulness to British cloth; especially our faithfulness to British cloth.
Printed shirts have been creeping into more closets over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. The vibrancy of a printed pattern is an easy way to kick-up otherwise simple warm-weather outfits. Add a short-sleeve floral printed shirt to a pair of khaki shorts, and you’re suddenly attracting a lot more attention than if you’d stuck with a solid blue oxford.Read More
Spring is a natural time to start adding color and pattern back into your wardrobe. No offense to gingham, but there are more ways to accomplish that goal.Read More