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Today we come bearing great news for the state of menswear in Louisiana: native son Billy Reid has returned—and just opened up shop in uptown New Orleans.
Naturally, you can expect plenty more of Reid’s trademark lived-in luxury—from the knotted-wood shelves to the brass racks to the stuff that’s hanging on them. What’s more, Reid—known for his Americana that plays just as well in New York as it does in Alabama—actually grew up in the Louisiana wetlands before heading to New York to cut his teeth in design and ultimately settling in Florence, AL (now the base of operations for his ever-expanding empire). So consider this a homecoming of sorts for menswear’s resident Southern gent.
With his stellar track record, nobody is doubting John Varvatos’s fragrance chops these days.
But when a sample of Artisan Acqua, his latest citrus-and-basil-laden scent, made its way into Kempt HQ with the oddly specific claim to “embody the panache and leisure of the Mediterranean man who, without overthinking, achieves high style and an effortless nonchalance,” we couldn’t not be curious.
Fortunately, we have protocols in place to handle such skepticism. And so it was up to our resident bloodhounds/writers to take a good, strong whiff of the stuff and put into words what their noses were telling them.
You may have heard. It’s Cyber Monday.
But don’t bother—we’ve already found you the best value you’ll see all day, or any day, for that matter…
Because today Combatant Gentlemen has unveiled an incredibly-handsome-yet-amazingly-priced tuxedo, perfectly timed for any winter-gala-ing you plan on doing. (Not to mention New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.)
In case you’re not familiar with the LA-based upstart label Combatant Gentlemen: it’s basically what you get when you combine a third-generation tailor, a fashion-business insider and a tech guru—and subtract all the conventional markup schemes. What you also get: well-made suits cut from 140s wool with real horn buttons… all at an absurd value. And, as of today, a classic tux that’s got satin lapels, traditional waist tabs in the pants and all of the same construction and value Combatant Gentlemen is making its name on. Plus, they’re sweetening the pot today by giving every tuxedo purchaser an opportunity to win a champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve blowout for four in Las Vegas.
You can probably guess the dress code.
Welcome to December, ladies and gentlemen. And while the effects of a weekend filled with too much turkey and festive sweater-ing are still wearing off, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments we shared in November. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent-memory lane in the latest edition of:
Things that say “It’s the holidays”: Gifts. Eggnog. Roasting chestnuts. Levi’s holiday collection.
About that last one…
Levi’s is really kicking the holiday spirit into high gear today by throwing one heck of a sale, with everything 40% off. It’s today and Monday (we’ll understand if you stop reading and start clicking now, by the way) and perfectly timed to help you knock out all the requisite gift-giving on your list—it’s inevitable that you know at least one certain special someone who could use a handsome flask. But should you be in the mood for a bit more self-giving, allow us to point you toward the perfect way to update your corduroy trouser situation with Levi’s spot-on trim cuts. You’ll probably want to pick up a festive cable-knit sweater and a winterized trucker jacket, too, just to make sure you’re fully prepared for the holiday-party circuit. Oh, and to sweeten the pot: you’re also getting free shipping.
Yep. Might want to get your head start now.
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The holidays are upon us once again.
You’ve got turkeys to carve. Champagne bottles to open. Colleagues to glad-hand. Old acquaintances to get reacquainted with… You know, the usual.
And since we’re here to help guide you through it all as handsomely as possible, we’ve put together a little sartorial inspiration board for the occasions ahead of you—borrowed from this season’s best lookbook snaps.
We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend…
For the Exclusive: Until December 8, Wittmore is offering Kempt readers 30% off fall and winter collections if they use the code KEMPT30 at checkout.
Discount: A, because it’s just for you
Sizes Available: A
For the Dapper Brits: Ted Baker London is offering 30% off in-store and online from Thanksgiving Thursday until Monday, December 2, with the code TED30.
Sizes Available: A
For the Selection: Save 15% off purchases over $250, 20% off those over $500 and 25% off those over $1,000 with the code BIGEVENT13 at East Dane, from now until December 2.
Discount: C+, B-, B+, respectively
Sizes Available: A
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