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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Jason Wire


Every Wednesday, we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.

0108KMT_Five_1 Billykirk No. 236 Schoolboy Satchel. “I’ve been a big fan of the boys at Billykirk for some time now, so when I found myself in the market for a new work bag I went straight to the seductive leathery source. I’d previously been working with their No. 235 tote (which is also lovely), but as these arctic winds have forced my hands into my pockets, anything with a top handle is just absurd. A supple brown cross-body satchel, however, that’s just right.” —C.G.

0108KMT_Five_2 Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable. “Y’all may remember when I talked about picking up my first record over the summer—now I’ve finally gotten around to picking up the player. And so far, I’ve been really pleased. I went with the AT-LP60, which is pretty much the standard choice for an entry-level vinylphile such as myself. It’s got a low price point, was super easy to install and has been just the kind of melodic escape my January needs.” —C.G.

0108KMT_Five_3 Indigofera Wool Blanket. “About a week ago, unaware of any incoming polar vortexes, I managed to snag an Indigofera wool blanket for a criminally low price from Context’s fall/winter sale. It arrived right before my iPhone’s thermometer went below zero and, my God, this thing has already paid for itself. It feels like a billion tiny sheep compressed into one single sheet of soul-warming happiness. I could truly feel my body heat giving up trying to escape from beneath it. I was going to give this to my girlfriend as an anniversary gift, but now I’m thinking maybe she really would rather have some new jewelry...” —J.W.

“Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis. “So it won’t be nominated for an Oscar . And the soundtrack itself isn’t selling . But if you haven’t seen the Coen brothers’ latest—or, for some insane reason, don’t have the patience for a beautiful 90-minute movie about the Greenwich Village folk scene—then you’re missing out on the movie’s hilariously catchy faux protest song. We’ve done you a favor and posted it above. (And for your consideration as Best Supporting Novelty Song Vocalist: Adam Driver.)” —P.L.U.

0108KMT_Five_5 Uniqlo Heattech. “Look. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know if it works. What I do know is, is that I put on a Heattech long-sleeve shirt during yesterday’s polar vortex, and managed to stay relatively warm. Was it the shirt? Was it the confidence I had because I was wearing the shirt? Does it matter?” —P.L.U.