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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Jason Wire
  • Najib Benouar
  • Ricky McCrumb


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

This Photo of Bill Clinton and Al Gore Jogging. “Having a rough day? Down in the dumps? Got a case of the doldrums? Take a gander at this. Works for me every time. God bless the ’90s.” —P.L.U. Benjamin Clementine. “I’ve had Burberry Prorsum’s LCM show stuck in my head all week. Not because it was stunning, which it was, or because of how complex it felt in all its simplicity, which it did. It was the music. They had Benjamin Clementine sitting at the mantle of the runway, playing his only three songs on a black grand piano, making him the first musician to perform live throughout a Burberry show. He was dark and hopeful, with a sound I haven’t ever heard. It felt like a new kind of dimension, like I was being whispered the inner dialogue of the man they saw wearing the collection.” —C.G.

0625Kempt-Five-Billy-Reid-K-SwissBilly Reid x K-Swiss. “These have become my new weekend go-tos because they were built specifically for the barefoot months of summer—thanks to the ingenious addition of terry cloth lining. If you’re looking for something a bit less flashier than camo, they come in white, green and navy, too. And, hey, look at that, they’re all on sale right now.” —N.B.

0625Kempt-Five-Joys-Of-SunscreenThe Joys of Sunscreen. “Sure, there’s not much better than a long weekend spent beer-in-hand and toes-in-sand. There are, however, about a million things better than realizing you and your lobster dinner are the same shade of crimson. I promise myself every year I won’t let this happen again, and with every June returns an odd Irish hubris that SPF 5 will get the job done. It has yet to do so, but hey, there’s always next year.” —R.M.

0625Kempt-Five-Days-Of-HeavenDays of Heaven. “Terrence Malick isn’t for everyone, but anyone with access to Netflix and a weekend morning to spare should pour themselves a coffee, assume the couch position and just stare at 94 minutes of some of the most beautiful (and famously stylish) cinema of all time. At least, that’s what I did recently, and it was pretty glorious. The picture quality and Oscar-winning cinematography holds up against anything made nowadays—for good reason, as many of the outdoor scenes were shot only during the magic hour after sunrise and before sunset. (That’s hard, if you didn’t know.)” —J.W.