PinstripesandTweed.com sat down with F.E. Castleberry, who is best known for his incredibly popular Unabashedly Prep blog among other things.
PinstripesandTweed.com: How did Unabashedly Prep come about?
F.E. Castleberry: I was at an impasse in my photography career in 2009. Inspired by another fashion blogger, I decided to create a style blog to channel my creativity until I knew what path to take.
PinstripesandTweed.com: It seems a lot has changed since then … now there are heaps of blogs and message boards out there. Where do you go — or are you strictly a reader of Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook?
F.E. Castleberry: I have a handful of Tumblr accounts I subscribe to, I read Twitter sporadically and Facebook is just really only my close friends. Inspiration for me often seems to come when I'm traveling.
PinstripesandTweed.com: What’s happening at Rugby? You have worked there for a while, but the brand’s parent company unexpectedly announced it would cease to exist.
F.E. Castleberry: Rugby is shuttering its doors February 2, 2013. As a result of that, I left Rugby at the end of November last year.
PinstripesandTweed.com: What are you wearing today?
F.E. Castleberry: Prince Albert velvet slippers with horse and rider embroidered on them, RRL high-waisted jeans, sterling silver engine turned monogram buckle, leather belt, Brooks Brothers repp tie, white oxford button-down shirt, Norman Hilton 3-roll-2 wool check sport coat, vintage Omega Seamaster wristwatch with alligator strap, clear frame glasses.
PinstripesandTweed.com: Your style is very much Rugby — it’s a contemporary take on the Ivy style classics that were once found everywhere, but are now relegated to a handful of shops. Where do you go? Are you an internet or brick-and-mortar sort of fellow?
F.E. Castleberry: I shop click-and-mortar shops mostly. Listen, if you don't have an ecommerce presence today, you're selling yourself short — literally. I like try things on, I always have. Gant Rugger, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and Sid Mashburn are a few places I shop.
PinstripesandTweed.com: Tell us one thing people don’t know about you, please?
F.E. Castleberry: I actually like opera.
PinstripesandTweed.com: Going forward, what do you see happening with your blog?
F.E. Castleberry: There are some exciting developments in the works this year and I'd be a terrible host if I ruined the surprise.