With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s hopefully just a matter of time before we’re all feeling a little sand between our toes. And when that day comes, the difference between you and the next schlub will be that you took the time to prepare for the occasion.
Right now, though, we’re not talking about packing sunscreen or deciding on your level of thigh exposure. (Though we’ll most certainly get there.) No, today we’d instead like to examine that essential component of any sunbather’s seaside HQ: the beach blanket. Whether it’s adorned with a bikinied lady friend or simply keeping sand out of the potato salad, no day at the shore is complete without one. And there are some handsome options in the menswear market that are more than worthy of your consideration, available as we speak.
We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...
For the Europhile: With plenty of items at up to 80% off at the Corner, you’ll have to do some digging (and get lucky with sizes), but there are some good finds for the Maison Martin Margiela, Andrea Pompilio and Dries Van Noten fans out there. Discount: A Sizes Available: C+ Selection: B
For the Bits and Bobs: Sir Jack’s has a wide range of menswear, accessories and grooming products for up to 60% off. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B Selection: A
For the Blanket Statement: A good wool blanket is a good thing to have—and hard to find a deal on—so the 30% off Context is running on their stock is worth a look. Discount: A Sizes Available: N/A Selection: B+
For Falling Forward: Things are going fast and the sale ends at midnight tonight, but if you want to snag some Todd Snyder fall gear for up to 68% off, act quick. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+
You might be wondering why Kempt looks so fresh-faced here in the new year... Yes, we finally shaved, but also: we’ve updated our Must-Haves for the deep winter. (You’ll find them in their semipermanent home over in the left column.)
You might have noticed it’s feeling a little more autumnal today on Kempt—as if our digital leaves were turning and a brisk breeze were wafting the comforting smell of hard apple cider through your screen...
That feeling is emanating from our left-most column, where we’ve updated our Must Haves to reflect the season’s greatest wants and needs—amongst them hounds, houndstooth and some very lovely motherfucking decorative gourds. We invite you to take a look, make a mental note and remember that they’ll be right there all season, ready to be revisited should you ever need more inspiration for your autumnal endeavors.
Though you’ll have to stitch your own blanket of sweaters.
The closer we get to October, finding the nearest crackling fire and blanket-mate starts sounding better and better.
And if you don’t already have a few yards of wool handsome enough to hang off the back of your couch while still outdoorsy enough for an impromptu road trip, we may have found what you’re looking for: the Foot Soldier blanket from Old Faithful Shop—who commissioned the Minnesotan blanketeers at Faribault Woolen Mills to weave an exclusive pattern of their military-spec blanket.
Which, coincidentally, calls for just enough room for two.
It’s a utilitarian-size backseat blanket that’s made from a sturdy wool, but instead of your typical woodsy look, it’s woven in bright beach-bonfire-appropriate stripes. As the name suggests, you’ll want to have this handy whenever four-wheeled wanderlust strikes.
It’s the wilderness equivalent of a J.Press scarf, sending coded messages to anyone wonky enough to be up on these things and maintaining a grizzled obscurity towards everyone else. And if you happen to have a favorite (thanks to a youthful evening in an Acadia lighthouse, for example), it’s a pretty good way to represent.
Granted we’re more likely to hang one over the back of a couch than haul it into a tent—but it’s good to know it’s there.