The Kempt Five
Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.
This Gitman Birthday Cake. “My mom is the best mom. And she just baked what might be the world’s first menswear birthday cake for my perpetually dapper brother’s 20th. It’s a stack of neatly pressed Gitman shirts that just happens to be made out of flour and sugar instead of cotton (and also made in the USA). I can’t confirm whether or not she ironed it. But I’ve got a weird craving for shirts right now.” —E.T.
“Yo Kev!” by Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock. “I’m not sure I can wholly recommend Champagne Jerry, the performance art rapper character played by Jaydiohead DJ Max Tannone. It’s pretty silly stuff. But I can definitely recommend skipping to the 1:35 minute mark just to catch the effortless verse by Ad-Rock, my favorite Beastie Boy and one of my favorite living New Yorkers. Hard to believe he’s been a professional rapper for 30 years. Also: very easy to believe. All day, everyday: BRUNCH.” —A.P.B.
The Draper Polo. “While reminiscing over Don’s California style in this week’s Thoughts on Mad Men—specifically about the iconic tipped polo shirt in Season 2 that shocked and awed the world with our first sighting of Don out of a suit and tie—I remembered: hey, I own that polo. Not that exact polo, but the reproduction from the capsule collection Janie Bryant did with Banana Republic a few years back. The polo was the one item I couldn’t resist. Sadly, it’s no longer available, but it’s pretty similar to the original, seen above, and many of the retro-leaning ones you’ll find today. It’s probably the ‘dressiest’ polo I own and looks sharp under a casual blazer or on the golf course (shades of Arnie). Especially on the 19th hole.” —N.B.
Triple-A Baseball. “It’s everything good about being taken out to the ball game without the big league hassles. Peanuts, Cracker Jack, cold beer and, if you’re lucky, catching a foul ball or two. So read up on the seven minor league ballparks to see before you die. And this personal tale/gentleman’s guide to catching a foul ball.” —N.B.
Chvrches, Live. “So, yeah—even though it feels like I’ve become the epitome of Brooklandia by endorsing a band called ‘Churches, but the U is a V’—this is happening. After catching their set via Coachella Live last month, I picked up tickets for the Glasgow synthpop trio when they toured through NYC last week. Sure, they’re every bit new wave electro laser beat makers, but they’ve also got a kind of rock-and-roll topspin happening with their pixie bandleader, Laura Mayberry. I felt like there was a sporting chance she might smash a synthesizer over an amp—which didn’t happen, sadly, but the looming possibility gave them that soulful dimension of showmanship that tends to lack with others of the ilk. So, yeah—even though the U is a V, they know how to lay it down.” —C.G.
— Najib Benouar
— Andrew P. Bradbury
— Caitlin Ganswindt
— Eric Twardzik