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The Kempt Five

  • Eric Twardzik
  • 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.

0205KMT_Five_1Long Johns. “As in, the thermal-stockings kind, not the delicious cream-filled kind. Allow me to extol the virtues and benefits of long johns: 1) They’re cheap—around 10 bucks a pair—and probably the most cost-effective way to mitigate a subzero commute (the cheap kind work just as well as the expensive merino wool kind). 2) They double as ridiculously comfortable lounge wear (assuming you’re not lounging with company). 3) They’re called ‘long johns’—easily one of the greatest colloquial names for a piece of clothing. (Or ’Jonathans,’ if you’d like to class them up a bit.)” —J.W.

0205KMT_Five_2Billy Preston. George Harrison. Gerald Ford. “I came across this while researching a project and I can’t get enough. The ’70s were awesome. (Ravi Shankar was there, too—the whole situation is captured here.)” —P.L.U.

0205KMT_Five_3Club Monaco Fair Isle Beanie. “I’d have had frostbite three blizzards ago without this bad boy, easy.” —S.P.

0205KMT_Five_4The League. “Full disclosure: I don’t enjoy football. Like, not even a little bit. So how do I go about getting myself psyched for Super Bowl Sunday every year? Well, I think about nachos. But also, I binge-watch the last season of The League the day before. Because it does a great job of reminding me that football isn’t really about the game at hand. It’s about making fun of your friends.” —S.P.

0205KMT_Five_5Beating the Hell Out of Cheap Wingtips. “It’s my sartorial guilty pleasure. I loot every Marshalls I come in contact with for cheap wingtips. The less-than-$60 variety, composed of questionable ‘leather’ and an unfortunate sheen. The kind that are, quite frankly, fake-looking. But here’s the secret: get them dirty, scuffed and lightly rubbed with street salt, and an organic, beat-up handsomeness washes away their ignoble beginnings. Pro tip: it really helps if you live in a place like Boston.” —E.T.