For the most part, the luxury watch world draws a stark line between classic design and the sort of mechanical wizardry you’ll find in the avant-garde horological machines on the cutting edge of watchmaking.
But the latest watch from Hermès manages to meld both quite handsomely.
We’ve noticed a new breed of suit popping up lately, cut from tightly woven, often three-ply wool that’s built to take a few hours of being bunched up in an overhead or seated on a train yet arrive without a wrinkle, ready to be worn to your destination.
Quick reminder: the grand finale of MLB All-Star weekend is happening tonight when the American League’s best take on the National League’s in Minneapolis.
And should you find yourself inspired to get out to your local diamond to try your best Yoenis Céspedes impression sometime this summer, we’ve rounded up the finest gear up to the task. (Yes, we’ve even tracked down some artisanal eye black.)
Epaulet has been on a real tear lately. What started as a well-appointed menswear shop on a sleepy Brooklyn block selling Aldens next to Japanese selvage has turned into a bona fide menswear label with an ever-growing line of oxfords, chinos, suits and even leather café racer jackets.
The latest: minimalist calfskin sneakers based on 1960s tennis shoes. And like everything they make in-house, the attention to detail is high.
You’ve probably already switched out your leather watch strap for a ribbon one on your wrist—and the same logic applies to your waist.
Which means ditching the thick leather belt for something breezier. There are plenty of options out there—from the surcingle to the Southern Hemisphere favorite faja—so we took the liberty of rounding up the best on the market this season.
Welcome to Kempt’s #Merica Week. It’s pretty much exactly what you think it is. Fuck yeah, U-S-A.
Up first, Kempt endorses an entirely made-in-America wardrobe for all your three-day-weekend diversions.
You may recall last summer’s campaigning for the Summer Pocket Square.
If not, allow us to remind you—there’s a certain charm to sticking something bright, gauzy and not too fussy into your breast pocket during the sunnier months… Plus, it’s the easiest way to inject some bright summer vibes into your navy suit or that sandy linen blazer.
You’ve probably noticed your office commute getting gradually warmer by the day. And while the weather is partly to blame, so is your suit.
The answer: a trusty cotton suit. Choose the right one and you’ll have the most versatile thing in your closet this summer—in addition to wearing it when you’d otherwise be sweating in wool, you can also throw the jacket into your weekend mix of polo shirts and chinos when the occasion calls for it.
Wimbledon might be the last bastion of sartorial tradition in sport—with its age-old requirement that all players wear white—but as the competition kicks off today, you’ll notice it’s not nearly as stylish an affair as it once was.
But there’s still one last torch of dapperness being carried by the gentlemen perched above ground level—and that’s the piped umpire’s blazer, supplied by none other than Ralph Lauren. Which means, if you’re feeling up to the task, you can pick one up for yourself.
As such, we present the beach-ready chino. Those sharp, tailored iterations of the bathing costumes of yesteryear.
Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you’ll slink past coworkers under the guise of smartly fitted flat-fronts, ready to whip off your madras popover at the faintest whiff of ocean mist.
With wearable technology on the rise, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into menswear.
And while we’re usually in favor of low tech over high when it comes to our wardrobes, we can make an exception if it means we’ll never lose another pair of sunglasses. So, we’ve rounded up a few of the more handsome options of smart menswear.
The sun has returned—with a vengeance.
Naturally, you’re going to want to properly shelter your skin from the damaging effects of its rays—and, if possible, you’d like to do it without having to smell like you’re headed to the public pool for your first swim lesson. So, should you feel the need to go beyond the regular old drugstore-variety tubes, we’ve gone and rounded up the five finest fancy sunscreens on the market.
We’ve sung the praises of the venerable Panama hat many times before.
And for good reason: it’s the nearest thing to a perfect specimen of warm-weather dapperness man may ever create. Which is why, every year around this time, we come back around to the trusty topper. And if you’re contemplating a new one, you’d do well to start here:
It’s time for bold predictions: there are warm breezes, alfresco cocktail parties and possibly a visit to seersucker country in your future. When it comes to choosing your footwear, the obvious answer is a pair of classic white bucks.
They’ve got five weaves and colors to choose from for the set, in addition to navy hopsack and seersucker takes on the slimly notched lapel jacket. To complement all that handsome: a myriad of gingham, chambray and broadcloth shirts/pocket squares, along with a couple handfuls of new silk ties.
It might not be this weekend—though there is a good chance it will be—or the next weekend, but soon enough you’re going to find yourself at the beach.
And you should be prepared.
Which is why we’re declaring it Beach Week here on Kempt, in an effort to send you to the shore in style. We’re rounding up all of the pertinent essentials, from reading material to sunglasses. In fact, that’s where we’re starting: the almighty shades.
It’s not unlikely that you’re going to find yourself in or very near a body of water in the next few months.
And should that body of water happen to be on the Iberian peninsula, in the French Riviera, on a lake with an Italian name or at that very European pool party your neighbors throw every Bastille Day… you’ll want the appropriate pair of trunks: ones straight from Europe. There’s just something different about the way they make swimsuits over there—maybe it’s the power-tie-esque patterns, their progressive stance on upper-thigh visibility or those six weeks during summer when the entire continent shuts down while everyone heads to the nearest beach.
The days when only the ballplayers wore caps are long gone.
Which is not entirely a bad thing. Now that the sun has returned, you’ll want something with a brim within arm’s reach—and your least fussy option is a ball cap. And luckily, these days there are plenty of menswear-leaning options out there—beyond the old team logo—fashioned from seersucker, Italian cotton and more summer-friendly materials.
It’s finally starting to feel like summer, and you’re… probably not thinking about leather jackets at all. But you should be. Because Boston’s Wilderness Workshop just played menswear matchmaker between Vanson Leathers and The Hill-side to produce just 12 of these eye-popping, fabric-lined biker jackets.
We’ve had a long-standing fascination with the Aloha shirt. (Last summer we went so far as to name the 58 greatest Hawaiian shirts of all time.)
And since then, it would seem that menswear has begun to really embrace the tropical-friendly shirt usually relegated to cruise ships and Nick Nolte mug shots. In fact, a few of our favorite labels have been turning out some pretty handsome stuff recently.
As recently professed, we’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the classic vertical stripe.
So we’re pretty pumped to see that the ’60s throwback is trending back into menswear circles, with updated takes on offer from the likes of Gant and Steven Alan.
Orlebar Brown expands their beach-ready empire with the launch of their first-ever eyewear collection.
All told, they’ve got four styles in 12 colors—ranging from an update to the classic aviator (cut from one solid piece of metal) to ’70s-inspired navigators and wayfarers with handmade acetate frames out of Italy.
Mind you, these aren’t the billowing taupe eyesores of yesterday—this new breed of pleated pants somehow manages to look streamlined while also adding a bit of extra movement. (Which, really, was the original intent of pleats.) It’s tough to know where it all went wrong for pleats, but it’s nice to know that things are going right again. So, should you dare to embark on this next-level sartorial shit…
The good news: the weather is only getting warmer from here on out.
The bad news: it’s going to get muggy out there soon. In fact, you might already be feeling a bit hot under the collar on your morning commute. Which is why it’s a smart idea to invest in a stick of the good stuff—with hints of citrus, mint or, perhaps, ginger—instead of smelling like every other guy in the drugstore aisle.
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