These Are Your December Must-Haves
- Kempt Staff
680 Power Down-Fill: Staying warm is of utmost importance, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style—so grab a high down-fill power blazer like this one from Parajumpers that boasts 680 power.
A Handsome Axe: For chopping firewood, felling a prize Christmas tree or just generally looking handsome propped up on your mantel.
Mistletoe Brandy: Yes, there is such thing. It’s called Biska and it’s only made in Croatia, of all places—which means you’re either going to have to figure out how to make your own, or order it straight from the source.
A Velvet Tux: If you’ve ever fancied the idea of wearing a velvet tux, this is pretty much the only time of year you can get away with it. So pick up this chocolaty-rosé number from Suitsupply.
Trusty Dress Shoes: A versatile pair of lace-ups is key—like these cap-toe oxfords from Jack Erwin, which you could even get away with wearing under that velvet tuxedo with an extra-high-shine polishing.
The Un-Sweatpant: It’s somewhere between sweats and drawstring pants—perfect for when you’re somewhere between the bed and the couch.
A Frozen Pond: For pickup hockey games, a romantic couples-skate, ice fishing... Having your own frozen pond really opens up a world of possibilities.
Snow Stompers: When frozen precipitation strikes, you deal with that with something called Ice Cutter. These Red Wings are called that.
Winter Sunglasses: It happens to the best of us. The doldrums of winter are happening, and, for some reason, you start to think, “I don’t need sunglasses.” And that’s incorrect. Persol’s Film Noir collection makes up for that lapse in logic.
Natty Pajamas: You can’t be doing the shorts, no shirt thing while sleeping these days. It’s not tenable. You’ll catch cold. We’re concerned. So we recommend the Mike Mills Artist Edition pajamas from Sleepy Jones. They’ve got a pill print, and there’s no reason pajamas shouldn’t be subversive.