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Now Online: Gitman Vintage Made to Order

  • Kempt Staff


Our brothers-in-stylish-arms over at UrbanDaddy just tipped us off to the new online made-to-order operation from Gitman Vintage.

Which is great news, considering the only way you could get your own custom Gitman Vintage shirt until now was by visiting them in Pennsylvania, catching them at a trunk show or opening a hip men’s shop.

Now it’s all online with a slick interface that makes it way too easy to turn your favorite oxford cloth, chambray and indigo patchwork from the Gitman archives into button-down popovers.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we...»

Kempt Digs: The Hill-side’s New Patches

  • Kempt Staff


The Hill-side has been trading in rare Japanese textiles for years, with their idiosyncratic ties loved the blogger-world over, and now they’ve gotten the brilliant idea of turning some of the scraps into iron-on patches.

Technically, you can use them to spruce up any clothing looking a little worse for wear, but we like the idea of an elbow patch—it’s no secret that we’re fond of a good set of elbow patches, but usually they’re your typical leathery or tweedy patch meant to blend in more than stand out. Since all of the packs come with three different patterns, you’ll either have to mismatch your elbows, fun-shirt-style, or buy two of the same set.

Get a closer look at our favorites, after the jump...»

Sneak Preview: Ernest Alexander’s New Line of Wallets

  • Kempt Staff


By now you’re probably familiar with Ernest Alexander’s line of shirts, ties and luggage, but you might not remember where it all started: a timeless, handsomely rugged messenger bag for everyday use.

And it’s with that same ethos that the label is launching a new line of sleek leather wallets on Thursday.

Like most of EA’s stuff, the four different wallet designs were hatched in NYC and expertly crafted just a few blocks away—cut from leathers that are meant to get better with age... We could go on, but we have a feeling you’d rather see them for yourself:

A sneak preview of Ernest Alexander’s new line of wallets.»

The Most American-Made Watches on Earth

  • Kempt Staff


We’ve always had a soft spot for American-made goods and the utilitarian charms of the field watch.

So we were pleased to see these new timepieces from LA-based watchmaker Weiss hit the web for preorder.

Just about everything on the watches was designed, engineered and manufactured in the US—from the forged-steel case to the brass dial, all the way down to the springs and bolts. Even the mechanical movement gets an American once-over after arriving from Switzerland. (A good horology rule of thumb: if there's one non-American part, let it be Swiss.) What that all means is you’re getting the most American-made watch on earth. And a handsome one at that.

Take a closer look, after the jump.»

Everything’s Coming Up Seinfeld

  • Kempt Staff


Well, would you look at that...

First it was 25 style lessons from Seinfeld. Then it was Kramer taking a modeling turn for Calvin Klein. And now, today, we bring you news that Jerry Seinfeld himself has become a fashion model—this snap comes from Rag & Bone’s newly released S/S 2015 lookbook, with Jerry joining the fashion ranks of Carmelo Anthony, Camille Rowe and the One They Call the Style Guy.

Get a closer look, after the jump.»

Duck Head Is Back, with Your Summer Chinos

  • Najib Benouar


It’s safe to say that the heritage menswear revival is alive and well in the South.

Earlier this year it was the return of Louisiana’s Haspel, and now Garden & Gun brings word that Civil War–era Southern brand Duck Head has relaunched their line of sturdy chinos and polos just in time for the dog days of summer.

As far as heritage brands go, all of the bona fides are there: founded in Tennessee by two brothers after their tour with the Confederate Army; started with chinos made of leftover duck canvas from war tents; supplied the US military with overalls during WWII; spawned a chino craze among Southern fraternity prepsters in the 1980s; everything went downhill when they moved production overseas... And now they’re back—with a couple of Ralph Lauren vets at the helm. Most importantly: so is their iconic label, stitched with a mallard’s head.

Get a closer look at our favorites from the new collection, after the jump.»

How to Support Team USA In Style

  • Najib Benouar

061314_Kiton-World-Cup-Pocket-SquareIn case you’ve been searching for the most dapper way to show your World Cup fandom this summer, we’ve got your answer. (Put down the vuvuzela.)

Because luxe Neapolitan tailoring house Kiton has just released a handful of national flag pocket squares in silk twill—with rolled edges, naturally. Of course they’ve got Italy and Brazil in there, plus Britain and China (which we’ll assume is wishful thinking for 2018). But the real standout is the star-spangled banner of a pocket square for the good old US of A. And since Team America doesn’t take the field for their first game until Monday, you’ve got all weekend to track one down (Barneys looks like a smart bet). Which is especially timely, since you probably won’t be able to get away with wearing a jersey into the office.

Get a closer look, after the jump.»

Possibly the Most Gentlemanly Pocket Squares Ever

  • Kempt Staff


It’s easy to forget that in a more genteel era, the pocket square wasn’t just a piece of sartorial flair—it served as a man’s first line of defense against a damp brow or a teary companion.

Which is why a little upstart pocket square maker out of Dallas named Quixotic has begun issuing a challenge: should any of their pocket squares get lost or ruined in the line of gentlemanly duty, they’ll send you a new one, free of charge. You’ll need to supply them with a good story or evidence of valor-related fraying or staining (which probably does not include mustard), and your chivalry will be rewarded. But first you’ll need one of their pocket squares...

Take a look at a few of our favorites, after the jump.»

Wear This Stuff to the Beach: Thaddeus O’Neil

  • Kempt Staff


Perfectly timed for any summer beach plans you might be making about now—or that trip to Cannes this weekend—our friends at UrbanDaddy just hipped us to a new line of handsome swim trunks and other beachy sundries from Thaddeus O’Neil.

The man behind the sun-baked collection of menswear (that would be Mr. O’Neil) is a philosopher-king-of-the-beach who spent a few years of endless-summering around the globe, picking up menswear inspiration and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for a wife along the way. In other words: exactly the kind of guy you want designing your Japanese indigo après-surf kimono, breezy double-weave stripped blazer and colorful popovers. It’s the sort of surf-worthy gear that wouldn’t look out of place at a coffee shop on the Lower East Side.

A closer look at some of our favorite pieces from the collection, after the jump.»

When Menswear Shops Meet Menswear Designers

0507-Kempt-Shops-HEADER-Context-Schott Historically, there’s been a pretty wide creative divide between the guys designing your clothes and the folks selling them.

But as of late, we’ve noticed a rash of new joint projects emerge, connecting innovative designers with our favorite menswear shops across the country. And we certainly won’t say we’ve hated it. So to honor this newfound camaraderie, we’ve taken a moment to round up the handsomest final products of their collaborative efforts.

What happens when menswear shops meet menswear designers, after the jump...»

Now You Can Wear James Dean’s Boots and Shirts

  • Kempt Staff


You might remember when we hipped you to the Phoenix Project from menswear historians Bench & Loom.

Their mission of bringing extinct pieces of iconic menswear back to life, Jurassic Park–style, began with Johnny Cash’s beloved baseball jacket—but now they’re on to a new icon: James Dean. And it just so happens that our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks have your exclusive first dibs on the historically accurate reproductions of the boots and shirts that the rebel without a cause famously wore.

Suddenly your summer plans are looking a lot more badass (1955 Porsche Speedster optional).

Here’s why, after the jump.»

The Return of a Legend: Massimo Osti’s Boneville Relaunches

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


The brand that launched as a creative think tank for legendary Italian menswear innovator Massimo Osti returns today after a 21-year hiatus.

From the early ’80s and ’90s, Boneville was the benchmark for creation in the world of men’s fashion, giving rise to stuff like modern garment dying and printing—along with the invention of brushed wool, micro and thermojoint fabrics.

A veritable Thomas Edison of garment engineering, Osti is credited for designing a slew of groundbreaking lines as well as founding the game-changing sportswear company Stone Island.

Presenting the five things you’re gonna want to pick up...»

The Designer of Your New Ray-Bans: You

  • Najib Benouar


Perfectly timed for the bright future of spring and summer, Ray-Ban has just unveiled their first-ever customization program, Ray-Ban Remix.

And for all of the things that have received the online-customization treatment, this is something we can get behind. You’ll get to choose between their nine most iconic frames and have dozens of color, lens and engraving options. Which should come in handy if you’re looking for a subtle way to sport your team colors in the Final Four.

Here’s a closer look at the process.»