Twice a year, in six cities, menswear designers, buyers, editorialists and enthusiasts flock to the tailored temple of Capsule Show. Yesterday, the leather-bound steamer trunks and garment bags arrived in droves at New York’s South Street, chock-full of new collections for SS14.
Naturally, Team Kempt hit the pavement (or, you know, carpeted warehouse) of Pier 36 in the name of trend spotting and lesson learning. With over 250 brands in attendance, we thought it best to provide a bit of a highlight reel for our loyal followers.
June is in full bloom, and it’s got us pining to get out of town for a long weekend. Which got us thinking: probably smart to have a little something on hand, just in case the opportunity for a quick jaunt presents itself.
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.
In this new weekly series, we filter through all of the online-sale noise and grade your best options for some weekend shopping...
For Your Spring Head Start:Brooks Brothers is getting you in on their spring action a day early online—before it lands in shops—and they’re knocking off up to $200 on your final tally. Discount: C Sizes Available: A Selection: A
If You’re Looking for Luggage:Billy Kirk has knocked 60% off a decent number of their well-made bags—and one very tempting navy trilby. Discount: A Styles Available: B Selection: B+
Some More Spring-Forward Incentive: For three days only, Club Monaco is knocking 20% off all of their new spring gear with the code “SPRING20.” Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A
A Good Chance to Stock Up on Spring Basics:Gap is also getting in the spring spirit early with 25% off everything in shop with the code “GAP25”—but act fast, because it ends tomorrow. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A Selection: B+
For Those Thinking Very, Very Far Ahead:Wittmore has finally slashed the rest of their winter sale down to 60% off. You won’t be able to wear most of it till it gets wintry again, but some good finds with a decent selection of sizes are still left here. Discount: A Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-
The chaps at Hill-Side just unveiled their new lookbook, complete with cameos from some of menswear’s finest. (Also, a few dogs.) You can see the whole thing here, but first we wanted to pass along this pic featuring Kirk Bray of BillyKirk and Kempt’s own Paul Underwood. Not bad, boys. Not bad.
Here’s a low-risk way to get a piece of the seemingly immortal camo trend: put it on a bag. This carryall from Billykirk is the perfect example, pairing a blown-up leaf-pattern camo alongside Billykirk’s usual craft-focused leatherwork. It’s the rare bag that you can match to your pocket square—and camouflage aside, you won’t have any trouble spotting it on a baggage carousel.
We’ve been gaining sympathy for this position for quite some time. Our newfound suspender love is part of it, but even the more handsome belts these days have been slimming down to razor-thin proportions as a semi-apologetic sign that well, maybe you’re better off with less belt in your life. The truth is, you probably are. Your pants will drape better and, if you buy with an eye to beltlessness, fit better. That doesn’t mean the belt’s going to become a faux pas any time soon, but if you’ve got the chance to go without, you should. Yes, even with a suit.