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Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.

Sean Penn in Sweet and Lowdown. “In his career, Sean Penn has starred in precisely three comedies: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, We’re No Angels and the 1999 Woody Allen flick Sweet and Lowdown. (Though obviously Tree of Life was a laugh riot.) I rewatched S&L over the weekend, and was struck once again by his beautiful, twitchy, melancholy performance as the self-described ‘second-best jazz guitarist in the world,’ Emmet Ray. And more relevantly for Kempt, I was also struck by Penn’s excellent double-breasted suits, a hallmark of style you don’t normally associate with Woody Allen movies. The dude looks slick—perfect for a dandy con man who blows all of his dough on cars, girls and clothes in the ’30s. There’s a glamour to it—a perfect bit of inspiration for the holiday-party season ahead. (Or if you just feel like shooting rats by the dump…) And hey, the soundtrack ain’t bad either.” —P.L.U.

1113_Five_2Tender Buttons in NYC. “Need buttons? They’ve got buttons. This is a good time of year for it, too—swapping in some big brass ones (we mean buttons) for your peacoat is a good way to freshen it up for another season of wear. Oh, and they can meet your undoubtedly extensive pinup/skull needs as well…” —P.L.U.

1113_Five_3Bombas Socks. “Founded by a couple of friends of Kempt—I got in on their crowdfunding campaign, so my week’s worth of socks just arrived recently and I’ve been reaching for them ever since. Essentially, they’re ridiculously nice athletic socks, but I wore a pair of the calf-lengths with some desert boots the other day and was comfortable as hell while not at all inappropriate feeling. Now I’ll be trying to get away with wearing them as often as possible. Not to mention, they donate a pair for every pair bought. Everybody wins.” —N.B.

1113_Five_4Finally, It’s Robe Season Again. “Stay toasty, my friends.” —N.B.

1113_Five_5The Broker Bodega. “If you’ve ever had the unfortunate, frustrating and possibly hazardous experience of having to apartment-hunt in New York, this little blog will hit super-close to home. Hilariously attempting to answer the not-at-all age-old question of ‘What if NYC apartment brokers ran a bodega?’ it’s either a stunning commentary on the power of spin or a railing diatribe against the city’s realtors. But either way, it’s totally worth a minute of perusal. Or 20.” —S.P.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar
    Stephen Praetorius
    Paul L. Underwood