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Eight Great Henleys For The Season

  • Kempt Staff

EwanMcGregorTheImpossibleAFI We’re officially into the “odd uneven time” of seasonal transition—when a cloudy morning could just as easily mean rain or a balmy afternoon.

Our suggestion: look to the perennially underrated henley.

It splits the difference between a tee shirt and a rugby, which is ideal in casual layering situations, but it can hold its own when the temps unexpectedly rise and your collar needs loosening. (A nautical stripe helps with the latter.) Some might even be adventurous enough to slip it under a blazer (what helps here: being Ewan McGregor).

Naturally, we’ve rounded up the season’s eight best henleys for your collar-forgoing pleasure.»

Yard Workwear

  • Najib Benouar

Paul Newman

Now that your spring awakening should be in full swing, you’re going to want the proper attire for all the spring cleaning you’ll be doing this weekend (especially if you’re dusting off the push reel mower).

Sure, an old retired pair of jeans will do in a pinch, but there comes a point in the life of any piece of clothing when it’s been run too ragged to be of service (but hey, now you’ve got something authentically broken-in to wear fashionably).

The answer: something tougher than the workwear-inspired stuff that’s been floating around the Internet for the past few years now. We’re talking about real workwear. Stuff you don’t have to worry about beating up, because it was made for it—and because the price didn’t have the overseas shipping from a small artisan workshop in Japan built into it. We’re not guaranteeing all of this stuff will fit the same way, but you’ll be happy to have that extra give in your pants’ rise when kneeling down to change the spool in your edger.

Herewith, your head-to-toe yard workwear kit.»

Lamborghinis, the First Ladies of Baseball and Mad Men Artistry

  • Kempt Staff


Sacrificial Lambo: Our pals over at Driven get the lowdown on Lamborghini’s newest supercar—with a price tag to the tune of $4 million.

Sporting Goods: Archival Clothing digs up some great print ads from 1950s sportswear.

Ball Girls: Just in time for baseball season, Bleacher Report counts down the 50 most notable MLB WAGS.

Mad Artist: It only took six seasons for the producers to track down an honest-to-God Mad Men–era illustrator for the show’s promotional art.

The Stat Sheet: Archival Clothing Down Vest

  • Najib Benouar

The down vest has been experiencing a renaissance—in many forms—but we’re most interested in the old-fashioned armless outwear version. And this new waxed-cotton down vest from Archival Clothing is exactly that. Here’s what else you need to know about it.

The Story: The nostalgic outdoorsmen at Archival Clothing got together with Seattle’s coziness experts at Crescent Down Works to insulate this waxed-cotton vest—even the pockets are stuffed with down to keep your hands extra warm—and Centralia Knitting Mills for the worsted-wool rib collar.

Who to Channel: Steve McQueen dirt-biking on a crisp fall morning; Sidney Poitier in Shoot To Kill; Marty McFly; not the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

When to Wear It: Chopping firewood, on morning commutes that might require reaching for a subway straphanger or on trips back to the future.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium. If you’re feeling adventurous, layer it over a jean jacket—or, if you’re at Pitti Uomo, over your suit jacket—otherwise, throw it over a thick flannel shirt or sweater.

A few ideas on how to wear your down vest, after the jump.»

A Gust of Handsomeness Blowing into Chicago

  • Najib Benouar

For anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Chicagoland tomorrow, the first Windy City installment of the men’s pop-up market NorthernGrade will be taking place. And it’s going to be a barn burner.

In the grand tradition of the Pop-Up Flea (co-helmed by our very own editorial director), the folks from Pierrepont Hicks and Well Spent are putting on a Midwestern fete of Americana. The daylong bazaar of selvage, duck canvas and other ruggedly made-in-America-only gear will be hosting 19 coast-to-coast brands, with a few local shops like Penelope’s and Haberdash on hand to help things along.

To whet your appetite, we’ve got a full list of the vendors who’ll be there, after the jump.»

Maryna Linchuk Is Gardening

  • Kempt Staff

Newman’s Own: A PTO reader makes a monumental discovery: he’s just stumbled upon a cache of Paul Newman’s suiting. (And it fits.) [Put This On]

Secret Formula: Sizing up the chances of Formula 1 taking hold in America, as it gears up for its big stateside return next month in Texas. [Vanity Fair]

Day Dreaming: Archival Clothing digs up some old photos of dapper nappers. [Archival Clothing]

Going Bust: The cast of MythBusters runs down the craziest myths they’ve ever tackled. [The Atlantic]

Bérénice Marlohe: Jacket Required

  • Kempt Staff

Robevia GQ UK

Bespoke Flapping: Trying to understand a curious vestige of Italian tailoring known as “the pettegola shirt.” [Permenent Style]

Eyesight: GQ hips us to a cool new menswear commerce site now in beta. [GQ]

Northern Exposure: The Times reports on North Korean street style as a bona fide thing. (We won’t believe them till they send over Bill Cunningham.) [NYT]

Husky Fit: Archival Clothing awards the University of Washington with the “best documented, most stylish and frolicsome campus day” and has the pictures to prove it. [Archival Clothing]

Vintage Britney Is Encouraging Patriotism

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The Origin of the Parka: Secret Forts shows Sierra Designs some love. [Secret Forts]

Boot Up: A fond farewell to the inventor of the desert boot, Nathan Clark (as in Clark’s). [WWD]

Get Terse: A short-sentenced appreciation of Papa Hemingway, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death. [Open Culture]

Made in New Jersey: A new crop of homegrown goods from Archival Clothing, including some NJ-made madras shirts. [Archival Clothing]

We’ll see you Tuesday.

It’s Pretty Warm in Here

The Beach Essentials: Valet rounds up everything you need for the beach. They forgot rum. [Valet]

From the Archive: More goodness from Archival Clothing. This time it’s a crop of handsome Breton-striped shirts. [Archival Clothing]

Making Babies: A guide to delivering a baby, just in case. Your future nephew will thank you. [Art of Manliness]

The Camo Bowtie: The worlds of deer hunting and southern society join together in one bifurcated bowtie. [T Magazine]

The Jersey Scarf

Columbiaknit Scarf

Here’s another update on the summer scarf front, this time from the old hands at Columbiaknit. They’re the Oregon shop that handled all the rugby shirts for L.L. Bean and Land’s End back in the good old days, and they’ve become a workwear favorite in the days since.

These scarves are literally cut from the same cloth, making them about as thick as, well, a rugby shirt—and the perfect guard against any summer chills. They’re also about a third the price of the designer options. As for how to work them into everyday wear, we direct you to the tale of the soporific scarf.

A Tight Knit


We usually favor chunky, nautical-style sweaters—but when your main priority is finding something that will play well with other layers, you may be better off with a slightly slimmer profile.

Archival Clothing unveiled their take on the shawl collar cardigan today, and it’s the opposite number of the loose-knit winterwear brands like Rogues Gallery and Oliver Spencer specialize in. And while it won’t fit quite as well with your watchcap and slicker, it should fit under a blazer with a lot less static.