Archive for 2012

Going to my Birthday Party

Dear Birthday presents,

I am excited to receive you.  I promise not to just toss you in my closet amongst all the cluttered junk I have collected over the years.  I will honor you as the symbol of generosity and friendly love you represent.  Even though I sometimes might not want you.


-This is a warm wool toggle duffel from Burberry
-Fair-isle moose sweater is from Ralph.  He made it back in the 80's and I'd imagine it will be quite difficult for you to find. 
-J. Crew this soft plaid shirt was made by.  Loving the yellow buttons on it. 
Bonobos by pants.  Wait...  no.......  Pants by Bonobos.
Always pair your topsiders with some thick thick socks.  I know I know...  Even in the Summer. 
Boat Shoes by Brooks Brothers.

All I got for Christmas was a Pirate Treasure and Riddle

After unwrapping 45 meters of wrapping paper to my surprise I had wrapped myself pirate treasure separated in two trunks.  The first trunk had a skeleton holding a map.  The second trunk had a mirror.  I hopped in the first trunk and ended up in Bermuda with the second trunk full to the brim with golden doubloons.

Its a riddle...  can you figure it out?  I'll bet you can't.  Whoever solves it first gets a linen bag chock full of Buffalo Nickels, making this THE FIRST FPF GIVEAWAY.  Take some guesses and win those Nickels.

The Herringbone Jacket:  Ralph.
The Striped Poplin:  Gant.
The Green Christmasy Cords:  Gant.
The Cashmere Sweater:  Ralph.
The Longwing Boots:  Alden.
The Necktie with stripes on it:  Brooks Brothers.

The Rare Northeastern Scottish Wingless Owl

The rare North Eastern Scottish Wingless owl began of course as a cat before crawling out of its furry cocoon and owling.  These strigiformes have claimed their name to fame being best friend of... you guessed it...  the fox! 

Unlike man whose bestfriend is canine the fox took a liken to nonthreatening cats and owls which led to the two typically quarrelsome animals to make amends in honor of befriending fox and incidentally began breeding during a trip to Scotland back in the 50's creating what today is known as the rare hybrid "Scottish Wingless Owl". 

Jacket:  Harris Tweed and Baracuta of England teamed up back in the 60's to make this reversible version of the classic Harrington Jacket.  They still sell something similar today.  

Sweater:  J. Press

Shirt: Brooks Brothers.
Necktie:  Ralph Lauren.
Wing Tips:  Broken in Brogue.  
Sock 1:  Brooks Brothers.  
Sock 2:  J. Crew.

Santas Little Helper

 Dear Santa,
Christmas Eve hasn't fogged all too much for over a decade now.  What I am proposing is to give Rudolph a resignation rest this season in otherwords permanently replace him with FPF.  I will serve you well and assure you I will swiften your benevolent journey.  All I ask in turn for my deed is a holiday wreath for my borrow and a warm Jug of mulled mead.

-This Jacket was made by: Barbour
-These Corduroys were created by Gant-
-This Fair Isle Knit was Knitted by Barbour-
-Do you see I'm Wearing an Oxford under my sweater?  It's a Brooks Brothers-
-I have a monogrammed buckle, whale belt on and I'm not telling you where I got it- 
-My Brooks Brothers calf skin monk straps are my winter emergency food rations in case these colder months do not serve... wait a minute...  Can I hibernate?... -

Long Line of Prized Buck Foxes

Mother was the horniest fox in our region and had the award winner rack to prove it.  Taking 1st in our annual, regional prize buck competition 10 years in a row (aside from 1939 when the competition had been slept through due to the turkey contest doltishly held the day before putting the entire region to sleep the succeeding day) it was to no surprise at all when her son ended her streak as the unbeaten blue ribbon buck the first season he antlered.  Her son was me... the bucks Angry... its not fair when foxes are buxes.

Blazer:  Andover Shop.
Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater:  Ralph Lauren.
Oxford:  Brooks Brothers.
Tie:  Ralph Lauren.

Oyster Friends for Walrus

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings."

Fisherman Sweater:  L.L. Bean Signature
Belt:  Izod Lacoste.
Ducks:  An old pair fetched from dad without his permission.  Similar L.L. Bean.  
Hunter Tartan Throw: Dann Online
Khakis:  Bonobos.

The Reindeer Aren't the Only Ones with Antlers

Christmas in New England is almost magical. The scent of wreathes and freshly trimmed Christmas trees fill the air. The sound of the crackling logs burning in the fireplace creates the coziness that only comes at this time of year. Outside, the snow fall makes the whole world look lustrous, twinkling and glistening in the moonlight. It is a time to celebrate and remember friends and loved ones.

The right holiday playlist evokes all kinds of emotions, excitement as the season begins, the innocent anticipation of children waiting for Santa Claus, to the festive brilliance of holiday parties. Some Christmas music brings feelings of romance for that special someone, or the bittersweet feeling of loved ones that can't be with you, but always have a warm place in your heart. Most of all Christmas music is about love, home, and family.

As I sit at my desk, warmed by the hearth, writing out my holiday greeting cards, I thought I would share with you some of the music that is my companion during this wonderful time of year.

Snow – Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – The Mills Brothers
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
Baby, It's Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Donna and Blitzen – Badly Drawn Boy
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Grown-Up Christmas List – Michael BublĂ©
I'll Be Home for Christmas – Dean Martin
Silver Bells – Bing Crosby and Carol Richards
Christmas Waltz – The Carpenters
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Ella Fitzgerald
Silent Night – Jim Reeves

Gone Birding

Birdwatching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity.

Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons.

As a fox I often find the hobby of birding to be a bothersome burden as my unamused boredom flip-flops baring teeth, mouthwatering by binocular spotted rare North Eastern Spotted feathery something, plucked up, served up medium rare.

Sweater:  J. Press Shaggy Dog.
Plaid Shirt:  Ralph Lauren.
Pant:  Bonobos.

Most Wonderful Time to Reflect

 I stuffed about 45 acorns into my pocket before realizing that were not acorns but macaroons and that I didn't stuff them in my pocket but in my shoes, which were not shoes at all but my mouth, and the macaroons were pilgrim shaped gingerbread men heads. 

In alaphabetical order:

Sweater:  Ralph Lauren.

Socks:  Brooks Brothers.
Shoes:  Dooney and Bourke. 
Shirt: Gant.  
Scarf:  J. Crew Factory.
Slacks:   Levis.  
Sweater:  Ralph Lauren.

A Murder Most Foul

The golden whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings. Short is his joy; snapping his razor sharp beak, which unfortunately for him are no match for my teeth.

Pheasant Sweater (Lost a bet):  Jack Wills.
Button Down:  Bills Khackis.  
Coal Bag:  Jack Spade/Barbour
Rope Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick.
Pants:  Bonobos.
Duck Boots:  L.L. Bean.
Pheasant:  Henry was not harmed or mistreated during the shooting of this lousy post. 

Hey Hay, Roll Away

Jolly jacket weather, a hay harvest breeze,  tartan on the feather,  green leaves the trees.  The fox atop the haystack can't eat the hay himself and Foxy won't let the horse eat it either (Nothing Rhymes with self).

Harrington Jacket:  Baracuta - Made in England - The kind with the nice wool lining.
Rocket Ship Necktie:  Jack Spade.
Shirt:  Brooks Brothers.  
Rope Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick
Leather Belt:  Dan the Leatherman makes them out of his Van on the Island of MV.  
Pants:  Bonobos Stone Cutters.
Argyles:  J. Crew.
Bison Leather Loafers:  Buffalo Jackson.

Seasons Turn, Turned Stones Turn Crayfish

It was only in that second I had realized, that it was about another minute before I truly grasped how quickly, time had so precisely ticked so quickly, to bring these colder months ahead to me so swiftly.  Crayfish, you mini lake lobstering treat.  Desiring you, lifting stones with my nose, finding and tossing you up, exo-bones and devouring your delicious offerings slyly winking at that Summer eve moon's last beat.  28 crayfish thereafter, asleep a peachy fox on the beach. 

Cable Knit:  Saint James.
Oxford: Gant Rugger | Magic Shirt.
Rope Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick.
Jeans:  Bonobos Bottle Rockets
Bat Belt:  Ralph Lauren (Old).
Duck Boots:  Schnee's.

Indian Summer - 1981

During the 80's I did my part by sporting shorts that opened legitimate family concerns whether or not I would be capable of continuing the family fox line down the line.

T-Shirt:  1981 Holographix Tee.
Tennis Shorts:  Izod Lacoste.
Tassel Loafers:  Alden.  
Sunglassses:  Ray Ban Clubmasters

En garde

It all began with Farmer Jenkins responding to last weeks Sunday classifieds for barbwire chicken coop fence leading to my responding to this weeks classifieds for a chicken part paying job.  Poultry doesn't grow on oaks.  Heard herd of old men whistling, approving and applauding my natural swording adeptness, setting them to set me up, protecting Geronimo's tomb weekends this Fall until they find a suitable homosapien replacement.

Italian Cashmere Sweater:   Ralph Lauren Purple.
Buchanan Tartan Shirt:  J. Crew.
Polo Rider Belt:  Leatherman LTD.
Cords:  Gant Rugger.
Rope Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick.
Wing Tips:  Broken in Brogue.  
Gatsby Sunglasses:  Ray Ban.  You wont be finding these anywhere, anytime too soon.

Sail off into Battle

Commander Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, my fine noble French friend, let us sail victoriously into battle together.  So, where should we head first?  Just point... ??  Oh Rochambeau, forget this troubled world around us.  Take this little fox into your arms and kiss me hard, the way the gangster did to the girl in the diner in Michael Jackson "Beat It" music video. 

India Madras Check Shirt:  Gant Rugger.  Aviators:  Brooks Brothers/RayBan.  Shorts:  Cisco Shorts by Castaway Clothing.  Loafers:  Allen Edmonds.  Sailing Belt:  Kiel James Patrick "Brigg's Capeside Docks.

Save the Bay for Labor Day

Slim picking on woodland creaturse this weekend. Chipmunk, bats, jays lucky to snag a king toad. Angling for some prime waterfowl capture real estate, heading out to the Bay.

Tartan Shirt:  J. crew.
Leather Belt:  Met Dan the Leatherman at Sunday market on the Vineyard.
Aviators:  Willson 1940's USA WWII according to Gramps war tales
Pants:  Bonobos.  
Hat:  Murray's Toggery Shop.
Wingtips:  Florsheim Kenmoor.
Rope wrap:  Kiel James Patrick

Puff Puffed Puffing Time

A pipe collector as my father was and his fathers mother had been,
a walk with three pipes adorning my chest in hopes to share a puff with a friend. 

Fox apologizes for speaking in third person, I do not know what came over Fox.  Perhaps all this fame, prize gooses and smokey has gone straight to his furry antlered noggin.  Egg Nog...  can't wait.

Herringbone Blazer:  Very Old heirloom, a Harris Tweed, top button missing and it is fine.
Pipes:  Nat Sherman Fifth Ave
Clock Tie:  Vintage Brooks Brothers of Course.
Oxford:  J. Crew.  
Surcingle Belt:  Jack Spade.
Khakis:  Jack Spade.
Penny Loafers:  Allen Edmonds Kenwood.

Bobby Had Had a Bag

Tweleven nights earlier this month,  overnight duffel in paw, scuttled out of Burrow after it gnawed on me that I had a compromising ant infestation.  Scratch Scratch...  no, no positively not...  Molly Fox refused my tale to join my tail to join her tail in her den.  Defeated I hastily climbed the Great Welshep Worthington Oak to slumber a branch.  GRRRR!  Owl Swooped... duffel taloned... fly high... ahhh... beautiful a silhouette in the bright white full moon.  Single Fox in need of a new overnight duffel big enough to sack a 1st prize goose.
-Oxford Plaid Shirt:  J. Crew.  Quite comfortable...  tad heavier than madras and ideal for Autumn.
-Bracelet:  Barrett Alley Levis Limited Edition.  Each bracelet is handmade from rare 100-year-old American deadstock fabric, US vegetable tanned leather, and an antique American bone button.
Leather Duffel:  Bobby From Boston.  Go see Bobby.  Write me a lovely thank you letter later.
Shades:  Catty Clubmasters by Ray Ban
Nautical Flag Belt:  Preston Leather.
White Denim:  J. Crew.
Socks:  Richer Poorer.
Loafers:  Rancourt and Co.

Stick 'Em Up

Allow me to introduce you to a good friend of mine.  His name is New England and I am his heart, as I am the 5 point Fox.  It seems my left antler seems to be sprouting another point, but for now is a nub.  In the case that it continues to grow on, I shall simply invite Mrs. Molly Fox to file it on down with her pearly teeth.  Five points is more than enough.  Not the number of antler points which matters, but what you do with what you have.

Harrington Jacket:  Izod Lacoste 1984.  That's right.  Good luck finding one of these Buchanan lined gems....  maybe try Target or lands end? 

Madras Check Shirt:  Gant Rugger

Jeans:  1954 Levis Straight Leg:  Jeans began with the 501 according to Grampa Hank and any other man who knows their shit.  Us cowboys up here in New England have an old saying th...  errr...  grrrrr...  I'm a fox...  we don't have an old saying...  I'm gnawing on a goose femur.

Aviators:  Bobby from Boston.  Treasure hunted and found.  Swapped 25 hood ornaments and a gooses egg I thieved.  

Goose Egg:  Nest over in Gaspee, Warwick.

Belt and Buckle:  Rick Walkers Rock N' Roll Cowboy Clothes on Newbury St, Boston.  In business since 1932.

Anchor Turk's Head Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick.

Argyle Socks:  Jack Spade.

Buffalo Nickels:  Nana Peg.  Email me.  I'll swap for Gooses parts and hood ornaments.

Loafers:  Rancourt & Co.