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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Eric Twardzik
  • Jessica Rusinak
  • 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.

Chris Pratt on the Guardians of the Galaxy Red Carpet. “In which he interrupts dress discussion (around the 2:25 mark here) to give one of the best replies to the ‘Who are you wearing?’ question I’ve ever seen...” —J.R.

072314-Prodigal-ShirtThe Return of the Prodigal Shirt. “Everyone has some dusty, cast-off piece of clothing that they haven’t worn in a year and don’t want to investigate. It’s the closet equivalent of that aging box of pad thai in the back of your fridge. You know it’s there, but you don’t want to deal with it. Because then you’d have to acknowledge the amount of money you wasted on something that’s hopelessly out of style or never fit you in the first place. But having the opposite experience... is great. Last July I ordered a shirt from a custom shirtmaker and was mightily disappointed with its fit. I immediately bunched it up and exiled it to a cubby in my closet reserved for surplus garment bags and college mistake scarves. So I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out on a whim this morning, ironed its formidable wrinkles and found that it was a great-fitting (okay, maybe a little generous in the arms), great-looking shirt, and I’ll be wearing it to a wedding on Friday. There’s a lesson here: never forget how blind-sighted your own judgment can be. Sometimes you just have to give it a year.” —E.T.

0723Kempt-Five-Dom-Vetro-Club-Monaco-Arpetto-SunglassesDom Vetro x Club Monaco Arpetto Sunglasses. “The latest installment of Club Monaco’s Makers and Muses series—these incredibly sharp shades birthed from Vetro’s creator Ashley Bezamat and the Club’s own Aaron Levine. They hit stores this week in three colorways, and I was lucky enough to snag a pair (above) in the Classic Tort. Summer sun be damned.” —C.G.

0723Kempt-Five-Jack-WhiteJack White Is So Pumped, I Can Hardly Stand It. “I’m more surprised he was at a Cubs game, wearing a Cubs jersey, than I am by his face—but altogether it’s just amazing.” —C.G.

072314_New-Yorker-ArchiveNew’s Summer Free-for-All. “Before the New Yorker’s website erects a Times-like paywall structure in the fall (say it ain’t so...), they’ve gracefully elected to grant nonsubscribers a free pass for the summer. So flip through the digital archives a bit. Read that Malcolm Gladwell think piece you’ve cleverly convinced your friends you’ve read already. And if you need a little something to get you started, try this out from last week’s edition: ‘Wagner in the Desert’ by Greg Jackson, a playfully philosophical short story about a group of 30-somethings who decide to go on a weeklong bender in Palm Springs. Unless you want to go ahead and take that bender yourself...” —S.E.