If you don’t already have the up-and-coming shirt company by the name of Trumaker on your radar, you should. (And if you do, nice work. Keep reading.)
A little background: the San Francisco–based outfit (with Chicago roots) has been making a name for itself by turning out the sort of handsome, perfect-fitting dress shirts you’ll actually want to wear—without requiring a banker’s collar or salary. They do this thanks to the magic of the Internet and a nationwide network of Outfitters—think personal shopper meets tailor.
Those Outfitters come to you—at the office, the laundromat, wherever it is you’re most comfortable—and measure you up. Then you’ve got your pick of shirts sourced from world-class textile mills, and a few more details to iron out should you be so inclined. (This isn’t your average stuffy bespoke job, nor will there be an overwhelming amount of choices. The curating has been done for you.)
Then, about 30 minutes later, you’re done, and Trumaker will get busy working on your shirts. And before you know it, your new shirts will be at your door.
A couple months ago, we hipped you to an up-and-coming shirt company by the name of Trumaker. You know… born in San Francisco, making the sort of handsome built-to-fit shirts you’ll actually wear—without the need for a banker’s collar or salary—thanks to the magic of the Internet and a network of Outfitters across the US.
Of course, now you remember.
And since you’re probably still working on at least one gift for that special someone on your list, we thought it prudent to alert you to the fact that they’re knocking $20 off their excellent built-to-fit shirts for fittings between now and the end of January. (Which reminds us: they’ve got gift cards, too.)
And yes: it’s okay if that someone special is you.
You may have heard. It’s Cyber Monday.
But don’t bother—we’ve already found you the best value you’ll see all day, or any day, for that matter…
Because today Combatant Gentlemen has unveiled an incredibly-handsome-yet-amazingly-priced tuxedo, perfectly timed for any winter-gala-ing you plan on doing. (Not to mention New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.)
In case you’re not familiar with the LA-based upstart label Combatant Gentlemen: it’s basically what you get when you combine a third-generation tailor, a fashion-business insider and a tech guru—and subtract all the conventional markup schemes. What you also get: well-made suits cut from 140s wool with real horn buttons… all at an absurd value. And, as of today, a classic tux that’s got satin lapels, traditional waist tabs in the pants and all of the same construction and value Combatant Gentlemen is making its name on. Plus, they’re sweetening the pot today by giving every tuxedo purchaser an opportunity to win a champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve blowout for four in Las Vegas.
You can probably guess the dress code.
Things that say “It’s the holidays”: Gifts. Eggnog. Roasting chestnuts. Levi’s holiday collection.
About that last one…
Levi’s is really kicking the holiday spirit into high gear today by throwing one heck of a sale, with everything 40% off. It’s today and Monday (we’ll understand if you stop reading and start clicking now, by the way) and perfectly timed to help you knock out all the requisite gift-giving on your list—it’s inevitable that you know at least one certain special someone who could use a handsome flask. But should you be in the mood for a bit more self-giving, allow us to point you toward the perfect way to update your corduroy trouser situation with Levi’s spot-on trim cuts. You’ll probably want to pick up a festive cable-knit sweater and a winterized trucker jacket, too, just to make sure you’re fully prepared for the holiday-party circuit. Oh, and to sweeten the pot: you’re also getting free shipping.
Yep. Might want to get your head start now.
We’re of the mind that every shirt—not just the stuff headed for the boardroom—could benefit from the custom treatment.
Which is why you ought to know about Trumaker, a shirting company born in San Francisco that’s making the sort of handsome built-to-fit shirts you’ll actually wear—without the need for a banker’s collar or salary—thanks to the magic of the Internet and a network of Outfitters across the US.
Unlike most custom shirt operations—online or otherwise—Trumaker keeps it simple with a carefully curated selection of patterns and high-end materials. You won’t have to sift through dozens upon dozens of collar styles or fabrics not worth your time. They’ve edited it all down to the good stuff for you: narrow-loom chambrays, luxurious oxford cloths and original designs you won’t find anywhere else.
Once you’ve made an appointment, they’ll set you up with a local Outfitter who will measure you, take you through your options, place your order and voilà: handsomeness is on the way. Plus, they’ll save your preferences and measurements online, so ordering new shirts is a cinch.
Assuming you understand how to click a mouse.
The ultimate essential for any gentleman traveler: a sophisticated, durable travel bag.
The sort of thing that can take some punishment and gets better with age.
Something like TUMI’s new line of travel bags designed for the global citizen. The heritage travel brand tapped designer-craftsman George Esquivel to head up creative direction for the brand, and everything’s coming up dapper already. From the sleek leather carry-ons to the indestructible Tegra-Lite rollers. (TUMI is the only travel brand using the revolutionary armor material.)
And now they’re launching the TUMI Global Citizens campaign, highlighting world-class and well-traveled characters like Paolo Ferrari, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, who requires travel gear that wouldn’t look out of place next to his Italian tailoring and hard-bottoms.
Of course, if your own jetsetting habits skew more toward “international gentleman of leisure,” you’ll still want this stuff at your side.
Even private islands have dress codes.
We’ve got a weakness for anything structured, rugged and finished in a buttery-soft leather. And just about everything else Coach does.
So consider this double whammy: they’ve just launched a fall 2013 collection inspired by NYC, plus their new design partnership with Billy Reid.
Yep. Coach isn’t just making achingly beautiful wallets and handbags anymore—though they’re still doing a bang-up job on that front. They’re applying their 72 years of luxury know-how to a slick mélange of autumnal handsomeness in their fall 2013 collection, replete with tailored coats, cashmere sweaters, leather boots and bags—and whatever else you need to look better than everyone ever.
(Pro tip: to hear some New York Stories from some of Coach’s handpicked fashion influencers like British gent-about-town Will Chalker, and inspiration behind the collection, follow #CoachNewYorkStories wherever hashtags are accepted.)
And feel free to expect everything in the new fall collection to be just as ruggedly handsome as their bags have always been.
With even more emphasis on the “handsome” part.
For all the obsessing over sartorial minutiae that happens on the Internet, one of the most important elements of our daily wardrobe doesn’t get much attention: underwear.
And that’s a damn shame.
So today we set out to right that wrong. And you’ve got 24 hours to do the same.
Because our esteemed colleagues at UrbanDaddy and the maestros of underthings at MeUndies are teaming up to get you back on track in the boxer/brief department with three ridiculously comfortable pairs for half off the retail price.
What you need to know: these underwear are designed in Los Angeles and made from the highest quality modal sourced from the high Alps of Austria. It’s ultrasoft. And it never rises. And… well, it’s perfect.
The Exclusive MeUndies x UrbanDaddy Three-Pack is only available for the next 24 hours. So you’ll need to act fast.
You can figure out what you’re wearing over them later.
Use code UD33 to pick up the three-pack.
You know Sperry Top-Siders.
Of course you do.
There’s a picture of them in the dictionary under “boat shoe.” You can wear them anywhere, from schooners to rooftop bars. And they pair with tweed and seersucker alike.
Well, now they’re unveiling something called the Gold Cup Collection—a fall arsenal of boaters, saddle shoes and chukkas perfectly timed for any autumnal adventures on the high seas or otherwise. Naturally, since originating the boat shoe in 1935, they’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, so you can expect even more ruggedly refined touches, like deerskin lining and some advanced technology to increase the grippiness of the soles in this new line.
Never underestimate the importance of grippiness.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s: get the right timepiece and you’ll see returns far beyond your initial investment.
And when it comes to haute horology, there are only a few houses as legendary as Cartier—they’ve been making iconic watches since 1904, when Louis Cartier designed one of the first-ever aviation watches.
And now they’ve got another instant icon on their hands: the new Calibre Chronograph.
It’s a style that will catch the attention of watch aficionados and gearheads alike. (For those keeping score at home, “calibre” is the official designation for watch movements totally unique to a watch brand.) But the real functionality is that this Cartier is just as slick as its forefather—down to the telltale sapphire adorning the crown—but it’s a sport watch at heart. In other words, you’ve got a timepiece that’ll look just as at-home under a field jacket as it will under your summer-weight suit. It comes in a handful of different finishes that you can get a better look at after the jump, plus we’re deeming our three favorites instant Must-Haves (to join the rest of the crew in our left-most column).
Behold: this is the greatest arrival of all time.
Yes, that’s the Beatles touching down on American soil for the first time (at JFK airport). And after weeks of careful deliberation by a team of grand-entrance experts, it was deemed the pinnacle in the art of arriving—just edging out the moon landing and the Copacabana scene from Goodfellas among the 40 in the running.
But that’s just one part of UrbanDaddy’s Gentleman’s Guide on How to Arrive, powered by Heineken, a slick four-volume encyclopedia on the etiquette of the stylish arrival. It includes sage morsels on every aspect of making a grand first impression—from your mode-of-transportation choice, to deciphering unconventional dress codes, to gracefully handling emergency arrivals, to what your facial hair says about you… and much, much more.
If you plan on going anywhere, ever, we suggest you give it a close review.
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It should come as no surprise that this natty gent here keeps shop for Billy Reid at his Dallas outpost.
We stumbled upon Matt on the latest stop of our Style Shifters project, powered by Cadillac, where we’ve been touring the most stylish hoods of the most stylish cities across the nation to capture what personal style means regionally—something we found looks much different in Brooklyn than in Miami or San Francisco. And since Dallas was our last stop, we thought we’d give you the heads-up to give it one last look, now that you can take in the entire country of dapperness at once.
We must say, it was one heck of a ride.
Last fall, we were duly impressed by UGG Australia’s continued efforts to step up their men’s shoe game—teaming up with a champ like Tom Brady didn’t hurt. And now they’re back with their newest offering for spring:
The Kaldwell, a chukka/boat shoe hybrid that comes in three spring-friendly shades of burnished nubuck and with custom-made soles from Vibram.
Our love for the chukka in spring is no secret—perhaps it’s their versatility with or without socks—and the Kaldwell is a shining example of spring chukka excellence. It’s the sort of shoe that’ll take you from post-work drinks to a beach weekend without having to worry about your choice in footwear. Our favorite touch is the seersucker lining, which makes them even more barefoot compliant.
You never remember to pack socks anyway.
High finance hasn’t had much in the way of stylish role models since Gordon Gekko hung up his suspenders. Until now…
Enter House of Lies headliner Marty Kaan (played by Don Cheadle, who received a Golden Globe for the role this year).
He’s already spent one season as the rogue agent taking corporate America for all it’s worth—with his crew of fast-talkers played by Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson, among others—and he’s back on the Showtime blockbuster Sunday lineup at 10pm EST. Aside from the smart Italian suiting and knit ties, there are some sage lessons to be learned from the wily Kaan. And luckily, Showtime was gracious enough to give us a couple never-been-seen clips from this season where Marty dishes on a few key areas of gentlemanliness.
Check out Marty on promotions up top, and a few more clips, here.
It’s not often we’ve given Kempt’s Man of the Hour distinction to a fictional character, but in honor of season 2 of the Showtime series House of Lies, we’re making an exception—to applaud leading man Marty Kaan (played by Don Cheadle, who received a Golden Globe for last season’s tour de force).
As the Internet’s torchbearers of gentlemanliness, we’re obligated to mention that Kaan plays by his own rules (something that goes a long way in the personal style department), so there’s plenty to learn from the boardroom-dominating firebrand—whether it’s his stance on boundaries (never enter a liaison that could one day involve Jean-Ralphio) or the running man (Kristen Bell is still working on it, we hope). He’s also got his own nuanced take on politeness. Tune in for more life lessons Sunday at 10pm EST.
Remember: Marty knows best.
There are dive watches… and then there are dive watches—the kind that have been given the stamp of approval from the Italian navy and titans of industry alike.
We’re talking, of course, about the legendary Italian timepieces from Panerai that trace their roots back to 1860s Florence (when the designs were shrouded in military secrecy and tested on top-secret underwater missions).
Luckily, they’re not just tactical timepieces, they’re seriously handsome works of horological art—especially the black Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica, which has all of the telltale signs of Panerai’s rugged Italian-ness and Swiss precision, down to their signature case shape and Panerai P.2002 movement (produced exclusively in-house).
Just in time for your next semiformal scuba trip.
Our new favorite #menswear corner of the Internet, Ikkon, is giving Kempt readers 30% off full-price items when you enter the code “URBANPERK” at checkout.* Which means you’re getting first crack at all of their simple luxury for the modern man—like these velvet loafers from Alberto Moretti Arfango, this red chunky-knit shawl-collar sweater from Ovadia & Sons and these burgundy vintage corduroys from J.Lindeberg—just in time to update your wardrobe for making your rounds on the holiday party circuit.
Or just upping the ante on a regular old Tuesday.
*Offer valid through January 3, 2013.
For all the gushing over Italian menswear we’ve been seeing lately, it’s still relatively hard to find the good stuff—outside of a few old-school brick-and-mortars or a plane ticket to Milan…
Enter DC-based webshop Ikkon, your new #menswear haven. They’ve got the Pitti Uomo set’s cult favorites like Slowear’s Incotex pants, Luigi Borrelli spread-collar shirting, Fratelli Rossetti double monks, Cruciani cashmere and, to top it off, Borsalino hats. But it’s not all Lapo Elkann territory (oh yeah, they also carry his stuff, too). There’s also some solid menswear representation from the US as well, like Kempt favorites Ovadia & Sons, Gant Rugger, Splendid Mills, Rogan, Gilded Age… the list goes on. It’s enough to get any fan of handsomeness excited.
Which most certainly includes us.
This snap comes from Levi’s recently unveiled Holiday 2012 lookbook and it’s got us looking forward to gifting, eggnogging and cozying (preferably near a crackling fire).
And on the occasion that today is Cyber Monday, Levi’s has instituted free shipping and a sitewide sale at 40% off*—which means you can knock off a few very thoughtful gifts from your list while updating your corduroy situation with Levi’s tailored cuts. Plus you’ll want a cable-knit cardigan and a herringbone blazer to make sure you’re well prepared for your rounds on the holiday party circuit.
And that you aren’t cozying fireside alone.
*Offer valid today, 11/26, at us.levi.com only with code CYBERMON.
Fact: the book is always better than the movie. Lesser-known fact: the ebook is even better than the book (for portability reasons, mostly). Which is why we couldn’t be happier to see Ian Fleming’s 14-book James Bond oeuvre being digitized (possibly as we speak) and released by Amazon today for your Kindle. There’s just no substitute for the written nuances that are often lost in the movies (or Sean Connery’s tomfoolery), nor the in-depth research reflected in Fleming’s writing. If you don’t have a Kindle on hand, you’ll want to notify your Q to make the proper arrangements. Unless your Miss Moneypenny already has.
Fact: the book is always better than the movie. Lesser-known fact: the ebook is even better than the book (for portability reasons, mostly).
Which is why we couldn’t be happier to see Ian Fleming’s 14-book James Bond oeuvre being digitized (possibly as we speak) and released by Amazon today for your Kindle. There’s just no substitute for the written nuances that are often lost in the movies (or Sean Connery’s tomfoolery), nor the in-depth research reflected in Fleming’s writing. If you don’t have a Kindle on hand, you’ll want to notify your Q to make the proper arrangements.
Unless your Miss Moneypenny already has.
With all the layers you’re putting on and removing this time of year, it can be tricky to stay cool (especially in the generally moisture-prone region of your underarms).
Here to help you with that: Gillette Clinical Strength—an antiperspirant/deodorant with three times the dryness power of the average over-the-counter stick (merely double strength would be leaving things to chance). Consider it the ace up your sleeve when you’ve got to be a cool customer in high heat-and pressure situations—like nailing the intricate menswear “double-down” (a D-B suit with double monks), or heading into a boardroom with the temperature inexplicably turned up to “tropical.”
At least you told everyone you were heading to Rio on business.
Granted, you’ve already got an impossibly handsome head of hair—but there might be room for slight improvement…
Enter the Volare X1 by BaByliss Pro, hair clippers with an engine designed by Ferrari engineers that’s got about as much torque as a 360 Modena (we’re only speculating). Add to that a revolutionary Japanese blade system that’ll plow through even the wooliest of manes. The result: the sort of high-and-tight-ness that would put a tear in a drill sergeant’s eye—or Tom Ford’s.
Which reminds us, this comes just in time for Fashion Week.
You’re probably familiar with the shearling coats for your feet that UGG Australia has become famous for—but you should be interested to hear they’ve recently upped their men’s shoe ante.
With handsome results, we might add.
They’ve got a whole new line of fall-ready leather and canvas shoes—most of which are tough-as-nails boots sans fur. Plus they’ve just set up shop in NYC with an UGG for Men concept store (you can find a closer one here, if you’re not in town) where you can try them on firsthand.
Or rather, firstfoot.
Ted Baker wants to send you to London.
And all the Brit-based label wants in return is for you to check out the autumn/winter 2012 collection at Ted’s Grand House, the new ’20s-London-style trilevel mecca of impeccably cut shirts and chunky knitwear they opened yesterday on Fifth Avenue.
They’ll have an Instagram photo booth, prizes and Ted’s butlers serving you high tea. If you want to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too: that’d be aces. It’s how you’ll keep abreast of any other vital afternoon-tea-and-shirting developments.
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