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Indigo Beyond the Denim

  • Kempt Staff

022514_Indigo_3 For years, indigo was a term relegated to the dark corners of the denim-obsessed, but nowadays it’s been popping up everywhere—and far beyond jeans.

Which is great, because indigo can be so many things. And menswear has begun embracing the centuries-old natural dye in all of its forms—from blazers knit with indigo-dyed yarns to garment-dyed indigo sweatpants—thanks in no small part to the gents at San Francisco’s Unionmade who were at the forefront of the beyond-denim indigo movement. Which brings us to this upcoming spring awash in a sea of saturated blues...

Behold: all of the new indigo, sans the denim.»

Head to Toe: Socially Conscious Garb

  • Kempt Staff

japanese_oxford_mode_white_front1 When you look good, you feel good. That’s a given.

But there’s a next level: doing good.

And with all of the new socially conscious brands out there these days, you can find just about everything your daily wardrobe requires—while knowing you’re helping those in need, by actually clothing them Toms-style, or supporting small endangered co-ops, or building a well in Ethiopia. Naturally, we’ve gone ahead and found you everything you’ll need to outfit yourself from head to toe in charitable dapperness. »

The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar

Kempt Five

Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado: here’s what’s on our minds this week.»

Considering the Unlined Blazer

  • Najib Benouar

Unlined Blazer

The trick to spring-summer dressing is pretty much the opposite of fall-winter: the less layers, the better.

And one way to remove a layer while still pulling off a tailored look is to opt for an unlined blazer—preferably in the airiest weave you can find.

The giveaway of a good unlined blazer is the taped seams (our bearded friend here is doing a good job of demonstrating this, by showing the neon-taped interior of his blazer). Most blazers don’t have finished seams because they’ll never see the light of day once the lining has been sewn in. It’s a neat trick—the taped seams—but mostly a good sign of what you should be looking for in a lightweight blazer.

And we have taken the liberty of rounding up the eight finest unlined blazers on the market right now.»

Your Summer Accomplice

  • Najib Benouar

Tales of the latest adventure of the dapper do-gooders at Apolis have been making the rounds in the blogosphere for the past week—here’s the video chronicling their trip to a shirting co-op in Honduras, if you haven’t seen it.

And just now, the washed oxford button-down in question has landed in their e-shop, ready for warm-weather OCBD escapades of your own. The 20s two-ply oxford cloth is woven in Brazil—they know a thing or two about dressing well in balmy climes—and constructed in Honduras, to the trim specifications of Apolis. (You can expect a #menswear-friendly cut.) And to celebrate this week’s unveiling of the new shirts, they’re knocking 20% off the going rate.

It’ll be the most versatile thing in your weekender bag.