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The Kempt Five

  • Jason Wire
  • Najib Benouar
  • Sam Eichner


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

021214_FIVE_1 Shirley Temples. “In honor of Shirley Temple passing yesterday, a few of us slipped out of the office, went to the nearest fancy restaurant and had a round of her namesake drink. It was a pretty silly thing, four grown men drinking kiddie cocktails. The bartender definitely raised an eyebrow when we ordered. But she warmed when we told her why, and a well-dressed older gentleman at the bar joined us in a toast when he overheard. And the drink? Pretty refreshing for being booze-free.” —A.P.B.

021214_FIVE_2ColumbiaKnit Practice Jerseys. “On a recent rugby jersey kick, I stumbled upon this small Oregon mill that’s been supplying the likes of Lands’ End with their American-made jerseys and something called ‘Cobblecloth’ since the early 1900s—and these ‘practice jerseys’ caught my eye. They’re made from the leftovers of other orders, so they’ll stitch two differently striped sleeves onto the nearest jersey—or at least that’s how mine turned out, the mystery is half the fun—which results in a rugby reminiscent of the go-to-hell preppy ‘fun shirt’ popularized by Brooks Brothers and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s not the most tailored cut, but for a shirt with that much character (and one I wear mostly for my own amusement), I couldn’t be happier with it.” —N.B.

021214_FIVE_3Beat-Up Red Wing Iron Rangers. “Look. It’s no secret that bloggers love these things, so we’re not exactly breaking new ground here. Still, despite the beating my pair has taken from the coldest and slushiest winter of our time, they still look handsome enough to wear to the office (or a fashion show). Wait, did I say ‘despite’? I meant ‘because of.’” —P.L.U.

021214_FIVE_4Backgammon. “This past weekend, I busted out an old backgammon board, made some spiked cider and turned on the Olympics with a friend. Of that nice trio, I think the backgammon ended up being the foundation for the perfect winter-sickness-weathering afternoon. The game is strategic, but still involves such a partial degree of luck that you don’t feel inferior having lost. Plus, it’s simple enough that you’re not at all handicapped after the bottle’s run dry.” —J.W.

021214_FIVE_5“The Moon Song” from Spike Jonze’s Her. “Karen O and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig released a studio version of the lo-fi original a few days ago. In the movie, Joaquin Phoenix sing-whispers ‘The Moon Song’ with his OS paramour, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It’s by far the most intimate guitar duet between a man and his operating system I’ve ever heard. Moments of weakness between me, Siri and the Tiny Guitar app excluded...” —S.E.