Hollywood has been experiencing a black-tie renaissance for the past few awards seasons, and last night’s Golden Globes was no exception—just about everyone looked sharp.
On the whole there’s been less risk taking (unless you count Leo DiCaprio challenging Clooney for his notch-lapel-tuxedoed throne), but that’s generally a good thing when it comes to something as traditional and elegant as black tie. In fact, there were so many well-played tuxes, it was hard to narrow it down, but we managed to pick the 10 best.
It’s been a year since we joined Twitter. (Related: follow us at @GetKempt if you aren’t already.)
And we took the opportunity then to name the 10 #Menswear Twitter feeds to follow—a list filled with the who’s who of menswear twitterati. But it’s a new year, and you ought to be following more than 10 Twitter feeds, so we’re updating our list with another 10 must-follow tweeters. (And again, if we’ve missed any, don’t hesitate to let us know—possibly via Twitter.)
Redford and Newman. Clooney and Pitt. Sinatra and the entire Rat Pack.
The bond between two incredibly stylish men is a special one—and, more importantly, makes for some especially handsome photo ops. But like all great romances, some were fleeting, others stood the test of time and at least one ended in litigation. So we’re taking a look back at the proud history of menswear style icons hanging out with one another.
George’s Handmade Boots is a one-man operation that’s been quietly turning out handsome custom footwear out of eastern Oregon for the better part of the past century, and now the world is finally getting a look into his shop. As you can imagine, it’s as Americana as it gets—he still operates the way he did back then: phone orders and a mail catalog that you can request by, you guessed it, phone. In the recent flurry of interest, his granddaughter set up the Facebook page and there are talks of an e-commerce site—as well as George’s talk of finding someone new to take over his operation in the next few years. So, if you’ve ever romanced the idea of heading to the Western frontier to make your bones in the craft of bootmaking—or the idea of owning a really handsome pair of handmade boots—now’s your chance.
It’s one of the better perks of holidays: you can take some liberties in the festive garb department. A loud snowflake pattern that might have raised eyebrows just a few weeks ago is now totally legit. But before you go all out, take some sartorial cues from these stylish gents. (And heed them wisely.)
Seventy-eight years ago today, a king was born. His name was Elvis Presley and he ruled rock and roll.
The same day 12 years later, another member of rock royalty came into the world. He was christened the Thin White Duke, also known as David Bowie.
Over the years, he’s been one of music’s great chameleons, constantly tweaking his persona just so. He’s been a space oddity, a spider from Mars, a Queen collaborator, an Iggy Pop mentor, an early digital-music adopter, a supermodel husband, an actor whose diverse roles include Andy Warhol, Nikola Tesla and Pontius Pilate, an innovator, a sophisticate, a total fashion plate and—high above all—a serious artist who is always ready to take a risk.
And now, on the 66th anniversary of his birth, he drops a new single and announces a forthcoming full-length album of brand-new material, his first in a decade.
Sean Connery with stunt double Big John McLaughlin, Never Say Never Again, 1983
When the city of Fort Lauderdale recognized Big John McLaughlin, Shogun of the Sea, with a star on the Walk of Fame earlier this year, he responded, “Does one have to be alive to collect it?” It likely was not the first time Mr. McLaughlin asked some form of this question, having pioneered diving, stunt rigging and motion picture safety techniques in the late 1950s that are still in use to this day. Jaws simply wouldn’t have been a scary movie if it weren’t for Big John.
“I guess the craziest thing they ever asked me to do was bite a live tiger shark,” he reminisces. But his favorite was doubling 007 in eight Bond films, including Thunderball, in which he doubled 34 different people.
Allow us to join the city of Fort Lauderdale in raising a glass to Big John, the Shogun, and all the brave men who have kept our precious style icons safe over the years. To that end, we close the week with...
The sun has set upon another legendary Texan. You’ve likely seen his name emblazoned on the back of a Mustang GT or obsessed over his automotive masterpiece, the Shelby Cobra, or maybe even picked up a packet of his expertly spiced chili powder blend. (It’s one hell of a legacy.) The man ran on pure guts and octane—when he was a race car driver, and later in life when he changed the face of the American sports car industry. So we’d like to salute Carroll Shelby with a few iconic photos of the legend standing next to his legendary works of art. (And Steve McQueen, in the above.)
(Top) Andrea Bocelli, Apl.de.ap, George Shearing, Ray Charles, José Feliciano; (middle) Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gilbert Montagné, Omar Abdel Rahman, Ronnie Milsap, Stevie Wonder; (bottom) Jimmy Carter, Sonny Terry, Reverend Gary Davis, Esref Armagan, Zhou Yunpeng
The Sierra Designs 60/40 parka has been kicking around the classic menswear scene for a while now, but it’s still one of the best pieces of warm-weather raingear out there. And since it’s also been more than a little hard to find over the years, we’re happy to find a place that actually has it in stock.
It’s the original version of all those synthetic shells you’ll find littering the Pacific Northwest. The padding is enough to see you through the Northern California equivalent of winter—which, for September, is about all you need. And if you’re looking for something with a slightly more international spin, Apolis’ khaki-clad version will be shipping in just two weeks.