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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar

Kempt Five

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 newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado: here’s what’s on our minds this week.

The Apolis Standard Issue Civilian Blazer:Apolis“This isn’t the perfect navy cotton blazer—the shape’s a bit too Japanese and shackety to really be called a blazer. That said, it’s actually something better—something you throw on damn near every day because it goes with everything, fits you perfectly right off the rack and works just as well whether you’re gussying it up with a pocket square for a rooftop cocktail party or throwing it on as you stumble out the door for a lifesaving morning-after egg-and-cheese. That it’s made in America is just a bonus.” —P.L.U.

Serena Williams’s Victory at Roland Garros:Serena“How awesome* is it, how lucky are we, to watch this woman absolutely dominate the field right now.

(*In the dictionary sense, not the throwaway “The new Star Trek is awesome” sense.)” —P.L.U.

A Summer Ride with Sprezzatura:Summer ride“I’m currently hell-bent on finding an old knock-around Italian roadster convertible for the summer (possibly sparked by a recent rewatch of The Graduate). A decent amount of ’70s Fiat and Alfa Romeo spiders are on the ’list for under $5K, but the trick is finding one that’s been casually well-maintained for the past 40 years—which can be a gamble. The payoff: breezy weekends spent tooling around in a peppy Italian sports car designed by Pininfarina, the same guys who were also designing the now-classic Ferraris at the time, for pennies on the lira.” —N.B.

Billykirk No. 235 Leather Tote:Billykirk“I picked up the Western floral print this past March, and it’s become my staple bag for everyday use. It’s great because it’s not something you need to be precious with; it comfortably fits my work essentials (book, notebook, random miscellany and laptop on occasion) without being too bulky. The best part is, as I break it in, the embossing on the leather is starting to wear darker in all the right places. It just looks really good.” —C.G.

My First Album:Record“However bad and kind of Brooklyn ironic this sounds, I’ve been thinking about getting a record player for a while. Weekend vinyl pop-up shops are on every corner out in my Williamsburg hood, and thumbing through them on a Saturday just feels right. Anytime I’ve happened on one I like, I remember that I don’t have a way to listen to it. But every time I have the thought to buy a player, I’m faced with not having any records. Last weekend, I was flipping through crates along the likes of Paul Anka when I pulled out Eric Clapton’s Slowhand, and for whatever reason, it was the one that made me fold. So, that’s my first record. And now I have an excuse to get a player.” —C.G.