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Capsule Show New York, by the Numbers

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


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.

As such, a scientific breakdown of the scene after the jump.»

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.»

Your Weekend Sale Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


For any menswear browsing you might feel inclined to do this weekend, we’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there...

For the Larger Sizes: Austin men’s shop Stag is slashing their sale prices by another 50% with the code 50EXTRA. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B- Selection: B

For Springing Forward: Gant has knocked 30% off their “pre-spring” gear for the weekend. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For the Odds and Ends: Arrow and Arrow is clearing out some leftovers from the season—from Billykirk bags to Saturdays shirts—for up to 50% off. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B Selection: C+

For Cleaning Up on the Off-Season: Rooney is clearing the racks from last season with a decent amount of markdowns. Discount: A- Sizes Available: B- Selection: A

For a Shirt Thing: Here’s a good chance to stock up on Hamilton shirting—they’ve knocked 30% off their renowned sport shirts. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

Introducing... The Sale Scorecard

  • Kempt Staff

Crew shirts

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-


Lipsvia YHBTI

The Man Who Broke Atlantic City: A man named Don Johnson (not that Don Johnson) walked away from Atlantic City with $15 million...without cheating. A closer look at the monster run. [The Atlantic]

Hand Tooled: Inside the studio with the brothers of Billykirk. [Swiss Miss]

“Swine Drunke” Is an Early Favorite: A 1592 pamphlet detailing the “Eight Kindes of Drunkennes.” Tonight, we’re aiming for sheepe drunk, which is “wise in his conceipt.” [Lists of Note]

You Never Know: We don’t know what your plans are for the weekend, but you should probably learn how to make a small-game survival snare just in case. [Art of Manliness]

The Hill-Side Strikes Again

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.

The Camouflaged Carryall

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.

Joan Smalls is Listening Intently to Your Story About Work

The Bags of Madness: BillyKirk teams up with Opening Ceremony for some inspired craziness. [Selectism]

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady: A comprehensive guide to Charles Mingus. [A.V. Club]

The Latest in Handsomeness: L.B.M. is set to make quite a splash in tradwear. [Sartorially Inclined]

The Animal Kingdom: It's a hard fact: Celebrities love playing with animals. Finally, there's photographic proof. [Vulture]

Against the Belt


Here’s an early candidate for sentence of the day: “Beltlessness, or the state of being suited without a belt, is to me a superior state.”

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.