This weekend, the Pop Up Flea takes its carnival of handsomeness across the pond: from October 11 to 13, you’ll find them at 211/214 Piccadilly W1 in London, England.
This weekend, the Pop Up Flea takes its carnival of handsomeness across the pond: from October 11 to 13, you’ll find them at 211/214 Piccadilly W1 in London, England.
The good folks over at UrbanDaddy New York have brought big news from the leather front. American masters of riveting Schott have set up their first brick-and-mortar in half a century—and it’s ready for your shopping pleasure tomorrow.
We know, it’s huge. They think so, too. Oh, and they’ve also gone ahead and put together a pop-up museum (this weekend only) to commemorate 10 decades of badassery, with about 70ish one-of-a-kind pieces from the brand’s archives. The “hand-painted Basquiat for Glenn O’Brien” kind of one-of-a-kind.
The perennially hip New York men’s shop Odin knows a thing or two about a good collaboration.
So we were pleased to hear they’ve been rounding up some of their favorite labels they carry to launch an exclusive in-shop fall capsule collection that will be trickling onto their shelves (and online) all season.
The list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of menswear heavy-hitters: Rag & Bone, Engineered Garments, AC Cantarelli, Mark McNairy, Common Projects, Alex Mill and Todd Snyder. Which should lend itself well to the shop’s downtown-meets-upstate vibe. For instance, the collection launches this week with Rag & Bone’s entries—two shirts, two trousers and two jackets all made in the USA—featuring tailored updates on classics like the admiral jacket, in Italian wool and using custom buttons from the 200-year-old Waterbury Button Company. In other words: handsome stuff perfectly timed for the brisker months to come.
Consider denim. It’s sturdy. Loyal. Cleans up nice. So we’re giving denim—in all of its forms—the credit it deserves by declaring it Denim Week here on Kempt…
It’s everything you’d hope for from the masters of that relaxed-yet-still-thoughtfully-Kempt look. Exposed beams augment a smartly curated collection of tailored jackets, printed tees, madras shirts and chunky wool knits.
Custom-fitted displays are dotted with oddities from their home collection, select reading, bags and accessories (bonus: a glass-encased Shinola display in shop).
UrbanDaddy Miami has tipped us off to the opening of Cottage, a first-of-its-kind menswear shop in the heart of Sunset Harbor. Meaning a triumphant win for all of our sartorially minded followers hailing from the Magic City.
Until now, the Miami style scene has relied heavily on department stores and e-commerce imports. The mastermind behind this new brick-and-mortar, Ariel Burman, seeks to change all that, aiming to bring the beachy-yet-dapper awareness of Nantucket, Malibu and Biarritz to his hometown.
He’s curated the place much like he would his own closet, resulting in a healthy mix of American and European designers all playing nicely under one laid-back (and canoe-lined) roof.
It’s fixing to be your new go-to stop for everything from washed trousers to all-weather knits to grooming basics and all manner of suiting/accessorizing in between, tapping brands like A.P.C., Band of Outsiders, Saturdays Surf NYC, Michael Bastian and Todd Snyder, along with a slew of other gentlemanly powerhouses.
Today we come bearing great news for Angelenos in need of a new pair of shades. (On our count, that would be every last single one of you.)
Because Warby Parker is planting its first West Coast roots in a brightly lit corner of the Standard in Hollywood this weekend—according to our pals on the inside at UrbanDaddy Los Angeles.
That’s right, an honest-to-God brick-and-mortar shop that will be stocked with all of the same vintage-y, socially conscious, thick-framed handsomeness you’ve been pining for from afar… but real, graspable, set-upon-the-bridge-of-your-nose-able. Which means you can ensure the best fit without any online guessing—they’ll even take your pupillary distance measurements for you. (Think of it as a tailor for your face.)
Today we bring you a treasure trove of leather, shirting and sundries (gracious wink and finger-gun-trigger-pull to our friends over at UrbanDaddy National).
Yes, the gents from Boston’s Ball and Buck have launched a new website and online shop, stocked with exclusive collaborations from the likes of Rancourt & Co., Tellason and Allen Edmonds, along with their own house label.
It’s basically what would happen if a fox hunter teamed up with a tannery run by a barber with an affinity for well-tailored menswear. It’s all glorious, and it’s all made in the USA.
As enthusiasts of a well-tailored lifestyle, our quest for noteworthy handsomeness knows no bounds. We’ve trekked the farthest reaches; from Ibiza to London to Aoyama and back to bring you our next installment of the international store report. Think Savile Row tailoring, Japanese surf style and American heritage with some Hong Kong-ese topspin.
Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but ever since we visited Miami during our Style Shifters campaign, it’s become quite the hotbed of menswear activity.
But we can’t take all the credit, because it’s really shops like this new pop-up in Wynwood, Supply & Advise, that are bearing the torch for the non–Don Johnson end of the Miami style spectrum. A tip of the hat to our friends at UrbanDaddy Miami, who got the scoop on the latest bastion of new-age Americana that stocks the likes of Gitman Vintage shirts sitting beside Filson bags and Randolph Engineering aviators (all on top of an Army-issue mule vehicle, front and center). It’s handsome stuff, and we’d be remiss not to alert you to it, should you be taking your talents to South Beach anytime soon.
Menswear favorite Unionmade has just opened up a shop-in-shop with the leather experts at Makr—who’ve gone from making the blogger-bait of slim wallets to building a small empire of neo-rustic home goods.
And unlike most shop-in-shop situations, you don’t actually have to make it to SF’s Mission District to get your hands on this stuff. Because it’s all online for the taking. Makr’s got their signature leather-y and canvas-y handsomeness on display, but the real standouts are the items they’ve coated in a powder green that’s unique to the capsule collection.
Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.
For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.
Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.
We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.
The venerable British summerwear brand Sunspel—you’ll recognize their iconic Riviera polo as the one favored by James Bond—is launching their first-ever pop-up this weekend at slick NYC men’s shop C’H’C’M’.
And they’re bringing the rest of Britain with them…
Well, kind of. See, along with a curated selection of their own highly sought-after polo shirts, swim trunks and breezy cotton basics, they’ve chosen to feature a few more essentials from across the pond: hats, bench-made shoes and cashmere knits, just to name a few.
They’ve also teamed up with the typography gurus at House Industries to make some one-off merch for the monthlong gig, and those of you who can get to the city tomorrow will get first dibs during the opening event from noon to 4pm. As for everyone else, the shirts will be on the webshop come Sunday.
The gents running Inventory magazine out of Canada have been the torchbearers for online menswear journalism for years (dating all the way back to when they were going by “h(y)r collective”).
And now they’ve finally landed on US soil—by way of a brick-and-mortar shop in New York.
Our friends over at UrbanDaddy NYC have the scoop—the lower Manhattan shop opens this week and trades in the same minimalist and hard-to-find gear fans of their magazine are familiar with: shackets from Workers, footwear from Yuketen, linen blazers from Margaret Howell… the list goes on. And if a trip to NYC this week isn’t in the cards, we’ve got your first look at the shop after the jump.
This new menswear shop that’s landed in an impossibly small corner of NYC caught our eye because of its ingenious use of space: it’s basically the two-story equivalent of an imperialism-era traveling wardrobe trunk.
It goes by the name of FOG and they’ve managed to pack as much handsomeness as humanly possible into its well-appointed sliver of NoHo by putting everything on casters that can be pulled and pushed around to reveal a rack of Italian sport coats, or perhaps a few shelves of D.S. Dundee sweaters, or even a drawer full of boat shoes (needless to say, they’ll have you ready for summer). What’s more, our friends over at UrbanDaddy NYC—who got the scoop—created an equally ingenious animated GIF of the shape-shifting shop in action, to really give you a sense of the experience…
The brick-and-mortar—not to mention, a lot of handsome hardwood—shop is a veritable menswear bazaar of grail pieces you thought only existed on achingly beautiful Tumblr pages or in some secret back alley in Naples. (Not to fear, there’s an e-commerce arm in the works.) It’s the brainchild of Brian Trunzo (of Nice Try, Bro menswear Internet fame) and fellow former attorney Matt Breen, who’ve been cultivating their shared passion for menswear since their days as law school roommates. And the Internet buzz did not disappoint: there’s custom Southwick and Alfonso Felipe suiting, all the Bastian/Ovadia/Italian silk one closet could handle, vintage watches, luggage, the list goes on. It all makes for one well-heeled feast for the eyes, so without further ado:
Worldliness can have its advantages and its drawbacks—knowing the time conversion for Tokyo without hesitation, for instance, isn’t going to help you when you’re in Moscow and in desperate need of a new pair of trousers. And since we’re always here to lend a helping hand, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the newest menswear shops that have sprung up in the past few months in your regular haunts—you know, Moscow, Honolulu—as well as places you might not find yourself too often. Consider this an update to your already-dapper international rolodex of men’s shops.
A lot of bloggerly ink has been spilled in the excitement over J. Press’s neo-trad capsule collection York Street, helmed by the #menswear golden boys at Ovadia & Sons.
It’s the sort of brilliance that could only happen in the Tumblr age—or by being willed into existence by a small cadre of menswear influencers performing ritualistic dances in some clandestine Ivy League clubhouse. (It could’ve been either, really; we’d rather not comment any further.)
And while it seemed that the stuff would only exist on the Internet, today it all became a reality in a real-life brick-and-mortar shop in NYC—and our friends at UrbanDaddy got us a sneak peek at all the cable-knitted wool and tufted-leather handsomeness. If a trip to the city isn’t in the cards anytime soon, not to worry—all the stuff is available online.
In a perfect storm of British rakishness, custom tailor Duncan Quinn has fully kitted out a London double-decker bus with custom suits and cocktails. And he’s on his way to a town near you.
We got a sneak peak at the whole operation last night over a few barrel-aged rum cocktails (yes, those will be along for the ride) in the upstairs speakeasy and were duly impressed with the roominess of the downstairs menswear shop on wheels. The tour began last night in NYC with a three-night stint and will continue in Miami for another three nights starting February 20. It will then make its final stop in LA for another three nights starting March 26. As you can imagine, time and space is limited, so drop Mr. Quinn a line if you’d like to get suited up when he’s in town.
You’re probably familiar with the Impossible Cool—a site dedicated to black-and-white photos starring everyone from Alain Delon to Kurt Vonnegut looking, well, impossibly cool. And you might even be familiar with the ongoing collaboration with Sonic Editions—who are in the business of archival-quality prints of iconic photos of mostly rock stars.
For their latest limited-run batch, they’ve come up with a new twist: color. It’s a revolutionary idea, we know. Almost blasphemous if you’re a longtime Impossible Cool fan, but something you’ll quickly get over once you see how ravishing Marilyn Monroe’s bright red dress looks or the way David Bowie’s strawberry blond coif adds intrigue to the mostly gray palette of a 1976 photo. It’s a whole new world of impossibilities in coolness.
The Pop Up Flea has become the stuff of #menswear legend. And it’s back for its fifth installment—but you’d be mistaken to think they’re still doing the same old stuff. This one is going to be even bigger and even better. (Trust us, we know a guy.)
If you’ve never heard of the PUF (though we highly doubt that, if you’re reading Kempt), imagine all of your favorite bloggerly things on the Internet materialized in one place: knobby wooden posts you can actually touch, your favorite shoemaker in the flesh, the smell of motor oil and vintage tweed in the air… The whole thing was conceived by Michael “ACL” Williams and our very own editorial director, Randy Goldberg, who has so graciously allowed us to pick his brain on what to expect from the three-day extravaganza that kicks off at 3pm tomorrow at NYC’s ROOT (Drive-In) studios. (And show you a few sneak peeks.)
Behold: the vintage Rolex of silk knit ties.
The horology-obsessed gents over at Hodinkee have just teamed up with the perennially dapper tie makers Drake’s London to come up with two limited-edition ties based on some legendary Rolexes. Our favorite of the two is this matte gray tie with creamy polka dots that mimic the way the dial and hands of a 1972 Reference 5512 Rolex Submariner have faded. They’re available for preorder now, but you can get first crack at them this weekend in NYC during the Pop Up Flea—the mythical bazaar of menswear co-helmed by our very own editorial director…
Stay tuned for more on what to expect from the guaranteed-to-be-epic PUF V, tomorrow…
Our love for Americana is well documented, and we’ve already gushed about the incomparable charms of fall golf…
So naturally, we were pleased to learn of a Dallas-based shop combining the two, by the name of Pebble + Pine. It’s one of those ideas that feels novel, but at the same time surprising that it hadn’t been thought of before (the brick-and-mortar shop has been peddling American-made golf paraphernalia to Dallas locals for a few weeks now, but they’ve just launched e-commerce this week).
Think of it as the latest addition to the spate of heritage all-American menswear shops we’ve been seeing, like Chicago’s Haberdash or a permanent version of New York’s Pop Up Flea—but with golf balls. Here, the fleece vests are from Woolrich, the books were written by Ben Hogan and you can even pick up an exclusive cologne scented like moonshine—should your regular 19th hole not provide you with enough.
The heritage ping-pong emporium cannot be far behind.
Kent Wang broke on the scene when he reintroduced the menswear crowd to the charm and versatility of the polo shirt with his double-layer cutaway collared version.
And now he’s moved into full-on haberdashery-ing with suits, shoes, watches and even a trench coat—all just recently landed in his webshop. And you can expect the same attention to detail (and affordability) that gained him the adoration of bloggers worldwide. The suits: full-canvas construction, handmade buttonholes and pick-stitching by hand. The shoes: bench-grade. The combs: handmade from genuine horn.
Don’t worry, the polo shirts are still there, too.
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