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Jacket Companies Making Things Besides Jackets

  • Najib Benouar


We’ve been noticing a startling new trend in menswear: jacket companies are diversifying their portfolios.

First we heard that venerable coaterie Barbour was getting into the watch game. Then there was something about Patagonia selling food. And with a bit more digging, we found even more options to buy non-outerwear gear from your favorite jacket makers.

Let’s take a look at the new ventures from these enterprising labels.»

What Your Rainwear Says About You

  • Najib Benouar


With spring showers beginning to sprinkle over the northern hemisphere, it’s more than likely you’ll be reaching for a raincoat sometime soon—or looking for a new one. And in 2013, there’s a dizzying array of options to choose from. But before you head out into the damp unknown in your finest waterproof jacketry, you should know what your choice in gear says about you.

So, without further ado: what your rainwear says about you, according to Kempt.»

Capsule New York, by the Numbers

Every year around this time, the pantheon of fine menswear purveyors sets up shop in a warehouse deep in the hinterlands of Manhattan. And every year around this time, we trek downtown to check it out. Since most brands show clothes that won’t be available for about six months—and because the show is enormous—we decided the best thing to do was break it down, using our patented scientific formula.

Ergo, Capsule New York 2013, by the numbers:»

Winter-Proofing Your Wardrobe, Head-to-Toe

  • Najib Benouar

Here we are, heading into the frigid depth of winter.

And while staying warm is of the utmost importance, that doesn’t mean you can head into public swaddled in a giant blanket (at least not until winter 2014). So we dug up some of the warmest, most handsome gear out there to give you the necessary shelter your morning commute requires.

Optimizing your warmth-to-dapperness ratio from head to toe.»

Not That, This: In Defense of Low-Tech

  • Najib Benouar

Clothing has seen a lot of great technological advancement in the past century—new-age nylon, moisture-wicking fleece, genetically modified gloves that work on touchscreens—more often than not, sacrificing some handsomeness in the process.

But last week’s post on tweed trumping tech in the blazer game reminded us that sometimes the choice between high-tech and high-handsome doesn’t have to be made—because the best-looking option also happens to work just as well as any newfangled technology.

So, herewith, your high-handsome alternatives to today’s high-tech jackets, sweaters and more.»

The October Issues

  • Najib Benouar

It’s October (yes, already) and that means one thing: a new crop of magazines has hit the shelves. September was the big rallying point for the fall menswear transition, so now it’s less about how fall looks and more about how fall feels: there’s tweed, the upcoming elections and awards season jockeying (coincidentally, each cover featured an A-list actor). So, let’s get into it.

Digging through the October issues, one perfumed page at a time.»

Elizabeth, I’m Coming Back as a Scarf

  • Kempt Staff

via Fashion Faves

Old Jack City: Making the case for an unlikely icon in Law & Order’s Detective Jack McCoy—who apparently had a penchant for Barbour. [Well Spent]

Yung Berg: A cautionary tale for anyone thinking of starting a blog titled with a Bergdorf Goodman pun, courtesy of a blogger who lived to tell his tale. [Four Pins]

Tennis Topper: The Trad schools us on the long-lost tennis hat—not to be confused with the currently trending bucket. [The Trad]

Four More Beers!: It seems that President Obama has been bootlegging White House–brewed beer on his campaign bus. That’s just plain awesome. [NPR]


  • Najib Benouar

Perhaps the lingering effects of America’s birthday have kicked the heritage-centric sale-ing into high gear, because today we’ve got news that SF’s Unionmade has knocked 40% off a good chunk of their stock, including Tellason jeans in a summery white (and weight), a mind-blowing amount of Gitman Vintage and the lowest numbers you’ll find tacked to Barbour jackets this side of the pond. Do it for Americana.

The Charm of the Cotton Sweater

Now that the weather’s warming up, we’d like to direct your attention to one of the most overlooked items in your spring/summer arsenal: the cotton sweater. It’s an airier version of the wool and cashmere pullovers in your closet, and perfect for those couple weeks in mid-March when the summer sun butts up against the last gusts of winter. These will fare well against both.

A few of our favorite sweaters»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Paul William

If you were waiting for the right moment to break out your Barbour…now’s the time.

This particular jacket belongs to Paul William of Goose Barnacle, snapped at yesterday’s Atlantic Antic. It’s a prime example of fall style, right down to the neutral socks and shined loafers—colorful in a muted way that only feels right once October rolls around.

Our favorite touch: a pair of shades to keep the glare out and to remind you it was summer not too long ago. Future’s so bright…