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.
Spring Court Sneakers. “Just a great-looking shoe. And it’s been on my mind for two reasons:
A. This summer has totally destroyed my sneakers, which were already held together with little more than hope and willpower.
B. Our recent suits-with-sneakers post, which reminded me how cool John Lennon made Spring Courts look.” —P.L.U.
Sugo at Girl & the Goat in Chicago. “There are times in life when one must cast aside one’s dietary restrictions in the name of experience, and this is one of them: a beautiful handmade pasta, with goat and gooseberries, perhaps the most delicious thing you’ll eat this year.” —P.L.U.
Prince’s Breakfast Can Wait Album Cover. “It’s so meta. But it’s Prince. So he can get away with using an image from the legendary Chappelle’s Show skit featuring Charlie Murphy telling a story involving Prince holding a plate of pancakes. It looks like a joke, but it’s not. It’s simply awesome. Keep being Prince, Prince.” —D.M.
Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit White Dress Shirt. “I popped in the other day in need of a new white dress shirt. It's something that nowadays you’d think of as an afterthought--pulled off the nearest shelf--but before I knew it, I was in the dressing room, getting measured, trying on pattern samples, the works. It’s the sort of attention to detail and the customer you don’t see too often these days. Oh, and I walked out with a great shirt.” —N.B.
Espresso. “It’s something I’ve wanted to get into drinking in earnest ever since I dabbled in the dark-beaned arts during a study abroad in Rome (though at the time I was merely abiding by our age-old obligation to “do as the Romans”). I don’t know what the aficionado stance is on using a Nespresso machine, but at this point it’s more than sufficient for my neophyte tastes. (And for lending a European-bon-vivant-ish start to each morning.)” —N.B.
- Najib Benouar