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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar


Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So, welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado, the shoes, pizzas and furniture we’re digging this week. Top SidersClassic Top-Siders. “I’ve had the same pair for about seven years. They’re not an everyday thing, but a go-to for any kind of sand/saltwater situation. The more they’re exposed to the elements, the nicer-looking and better-fitting they get. Also, they’re pretty inexpensive. Don’t rock them too hard, though—they’re the type of thing that can go bad-kind-of-frat-boy quickly.” —C.G.

PizzaThe Heirloom Tomato Pizza at Motorino. “POINT: It sounds foodie. COUNTERPOINT: But it’s also delicious—a sort of white pizza piled high with plump, ripe, juicy, in-season tomatoes. POINT: This is an NYC-centric recommendation. COUNTERPOINT: You can make one at home, or probably get something similar at any Neapolitan pizza joint that cares about ingredients. POINT: It’s really hard to eat this with anything like grace and precision. COUNTERPOINT: That’s what makes it pizza. CONCLUSION: Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. And once you’ve tried it, you won’t knock it” —P.L.U.

SocksBallplayers Who Still Wear Knee-High Socks. “I took in the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano pitching against the Cubs this weekend. He’s an otherwise unremarkable player, but the knee-high socks definitely added a certain something, especially in this baggy-pants era. (See also: Hunter Pence of the Giants.) Now, if we could only get stirrups to make a comeback.” —P.L.U.

SoapSoap on a Rope. “Perhaps in a moment of life imitating art, I was inspired by our recent post on getting back to grooming basics to pick up a bar of soap from legendary Portuguese perfumers Musgo Real. It’s on a rope, which only adds to the tactile old-timey feel—and happens to hang perfectly on a hook in my shower that I’d never understood the need for until now. And the best part about hanging it is that it never gets that layer of mushiness from sitting in a dish. (Aside from making me feel like a brawny sailor every time I wash up.)” —N.B.

BenchThe Nelson Platform Bench. “Sleek, utilitarian, handsome, timeless... pretty much everything you’d want in a piece of furniture. It’s been modernizing living spaces since 1946—and can be used as everything from a coffee table to a bench. Ours sits in the entryway as the perfect spot to drop off a briefcase on your way in, wait to greet an expected guest or throw on your shoes before heading out à la Mr. Rogers. Cardigan optional.” —N.B.