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We’re Caring for Our Beards Now, for You

  • Geoff Rynex
We’re Caring for Our Beards Now, for You

Some of us at Kempt have beards. Some full-time, some part-time. But frankly, we’re not beard fetishists. We don’t own closets dedicated to care products. We don’t even use them most of the time. To us, it goes against the real spirit of beard-having (the one that came after having them for warmth) to get too precious about it. If you’re spending time in public wondering whether your beard looks a little dry or if there’s a stray hair or two, you’ve missed the point. That said, we don’t endorse the feral beast look either, and we’re not about to deny you knowledge that could be vital to your grooming future. So, in the name of science, Kempt is going on a multi-month journey of pileous discovery through the most bearded months of the year. We’re going to try every oil, cream, comb, wax and potential laser wand we can get our hands on, and let you know how each is working out, so they can then, in turn, work out for you.

Keep an eye out...

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 most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

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

Classifying Collars and Getting Tough on jOBS

  • Kempt Staff

Collar ID: The Wall Street Journal dives headlong into the issue of shirt collars and their many iterations of late.

Lloyd Banks: There’s been a considerable amount of gnashing of the teeth over the beard Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein grew while vacationing in Davos, Switzerland. David Coggins reports.

Totally Rad: Bullett digs deep on the aesthetic of designer Rad Hourani, only to find a conundrum wrapped in a mystery enshrouded in asexuality.

Woz Happenin’: The Woz questions the verisimilitude of the new biopic about Apple’s late, turtlenecked CEO jOBS, according to Gizmodo.

The NHL Is Back... and Haggard as Ever

  • Najib Benouar

It’s never easy to see the silver lining when your livelihood is in jeopardy, which is why we can excuse all of the unkempt beards we’re seeing skate into training camps now that the NHL has finally returned from its lockout hiatus.

In fact, we’d like to applaud their commitment to letting themselves go. Take a moment to peer into Brent Burns’s thicket of tangled wilderness. It’s at the same time magnificent and horrifying—the man looks like he’s spent the entire off-season running with a pack of wolves. It’s an impressive feat, seeing as hockey players are already considered some of the gruffest athletes out there.

A few more of his scruffy colleagues, after the jump.»

Dusting Off: The Bearded President

  • Najib Benouar

We’ll assume you either ended last night enjoying the sweet taste of victory, or in kind of a weird place... You also might’ve caught the presidential election.

We came away from the whole thing longing for the days of yore, when this great nation was ruled by men as grizzled as their jawlines.

Not since the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, a fellow by the name of Honest Abe and just about every US president in the second half of the 19th century have we had a president with some sort of facial follicle to pensively stroke while guiding this fair land. Back then it was more unusual to run for president and not have a crazy-ass beard.

And it’s high time we dusted off the presidential beard. Some more meditation and illustrations this way...»

Milla Jovovich Is Waiting for Her Furniture Delivery

  • Kempt Staff

Moving Dirt: The Selvedge Yard digs up a 1971 Sports Illustrated story on Steve McQueen and his dirt-biking alter ego Harvey Mushman. [TSY]

RIP, Steve Sabol: Remembering the late NFL Films president. NFL Crunch Course was a game changer. [Deadspin]

Uneasy Money: The question at the core of Facebook’s future success: Can it possibly build a business model that isn’t inherently creepy? [The Atlantic]

Getting Beard: In case you weren’t aware, the European Beard and Mustache Championship happened this past weekend. Luckily The Telegraph was on hand to photograph it in all of its bristly glory. [Telegraph]

The Man Who Barbs Bernanke

Ben Bernanke is a powerful man—and while we’re not saying it’s entirely due to his luxuriant silver beard, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

So when one intrepid journalist tracked down the man who tends to the Federal Reserve chairman’s “ostentatiously silky” beard, we were understandably intrigued.

Apparently, the Fed has its own in-house barber, a well-appointed chap named Lenny Gilleo who claims Bernanke follows the same playbook as most of the bearded gentlemen we know: a trim and shaping every three or four weeks, and a lot of off-handed stroking in the interim. More interesting is that the barber only charges whatever Mr. Bernanke feels like paying.

In other words, when the beard wants you to do something, you do it. Well played, Ben.

Greta Gerwig Is All Business

Greta Gerwigvia Pier 59 Studios

The Old Whiskbroom: Esteemed (and bearded) Kempter Paul Underwood recounts his Movember-inspired stab at the mustached life. It’s not pretty... [Esquire]

It’s a Drag: A style appreciation of the timeless American Graffiti. [Wax Wane]

The Ur-WASP: Speaking of Greta, here’s a chat with Whit Stillman, the man behind Metropolitan and Mme. Gerwig’s upcoming Damsels in Distress. [AV Club]

Inside the Tie: A video look behind the scenes at General Knot Co. [A Headlong Dive]