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These Are Your Summer Must-Haves

  • Kempt Staff

Must Haves

If you can’t quite put your finger on why things are feeling more summery on Kempt today, we’d like to direct your attention to the left column (you might want to scroll a bit).

We’ve got a fresh crop of seasonal must-haves at the ready for your impending summer adventures. Some can be ordered, while others will require a little creativity and stylishness, but most of all, they’re here to serve as inspiration for the warmer months to come.

Allow us to show you the way to the greatest summer ever.»

Sprucing Up Your Bedroom, Debating Shorts and the Titanic 2

  • Kempt Staff

Bedroom Upgrade

Carefully Curated Mess: GQ makes the case for making your bedroom just as well-appointed as the rest of your place.

Short Stuff: In anticipation of the inevitable, Monocle begins the debate on the appropriateness of wearing shorts around town (and to work).

Second Time’s the Charm: An Australian mining tycoon has unveiled plans to build the Titanic 2 with the promise of more lifeboats.

Twitter Winner: Thanks to a team of researchers who spent 15 months monitoring over half a million tweets, you can finally know the secret to getting more followers—aside from being a celebrity. (Which reminds us, you should follow Kempt now.)

The War Hero of 1812 Sails Again

You don’t get a nickname like “Old Ironsides” by losing high-profile battles.

To commemorate the USS Constitution’s 200-year-old victory over the British fleet in the War of 1812, the US Navy’s oldest commissioned warship was sailed across Boston Harbor under its own power yesterday.

Tea was served, mockingly.

This Weekend, You're... Heading to the Beach

In this new weekly series, we’re peering into your summer weekend agenda and offering a few essential sundries to help you make the most of your upcoming escapade. And it appears that this weekend, you’re heading to the beach.

You enjoy the beach. Of course you do.

It’s just that you’ve been enjoying the beach for dozens of years now, and it’s become a bit predictable: the sand, the sun, the water that’s “freezing!” and then “actually not so bad!” and then “aren’t you gonna get in?!” and so on, and so on.

Let’s be honest—you’re not going to read the Steve Jobs biography. So don’t pack it. In its stead, may we recommend one or more of the following...

10 Exceptional Gadgets to Combat Beach Boredom»

The Largest Catamaran in the World Sets Sail

Summertime has brought with it a billion-dollar conundrum: you love the superyacht, but its massive hull deems shallow-watered ports inaccessible. Numerous dredging requests have gone unanswered by the Monégasque government. Normally, you’d risk it and just ease her in, but, well, Showtime’s had Titanic on a loop for the last month and a half...

Luckily, we at Kempt are in the business of solving billion-dollar conundrums. Allow us to introduce you to the SS Hemisphere, the largest catamaran ever built. Most importantly, it’s got the roominess of a destroyer, but the depth of a dinghy.

Permission to climb aboard, granted...»

The Hot Tub Boat

Technology is an incredible thing.

It’s given us the wheel, the airplane, the split atom. And perhaps more impressive than all these things, this week it gave us the Hot Tub Boat, a floating hot tub large enough to accommodate six people and two coolers of beer, with a top speed of six knots. It’s going to be a bold future.

Out to Sea


We’ve been digging canvas sneakers for a while, but Acne seems to have taken the look to its natural conclusion: the sailboat. These Stroll Low sneakers aren’t obviously nautical, but those grommets do look awfully familiar. Of course, actually wearing them on a sailboat would be the preppy equivalent of the trucker tux, but as long as you ditch them in the marina you should be fine.

Natural Light


Au Natural: ScarJo takes to the cover of French Elle. [Fashion Copious]

Three Wolves?: The (other) Times tracks down Zach Galifianakis’ semi-ironic shirt from The Hangover. Investigative journalism at its finest. [L.A. Times]

Stripe Life: A refresher course on proper boating attire. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Chivalrous Furniture: One lucky Pavement fan wins a $500 date with IKEA. Yes, it’s real. Yes, it’s a joke. [Vulture]



It’s been a long time since Scarface, but the world of drug trafficking has been through some remarkable changes. For instance, it looks a lot more like a Batman movie than you’d think…

A Vice TV doc just tipped us off to the strange phenomenon of narco-subs, underwater crafts that carry up to 10 tons of cocaine across the Pacific with as low a profile as possible. Naturally, they’re every bit as makeshift as you’d expect, but it’s still amazing what you can do with a bit of carpentry and fiberglass…

See the video»

A Nautical Mile


Band of Outsiders returned to do another version of their successful Sperry Top-Siders revamp, and we have to say that they turned out pretty well.

They swap the treated leather for treated wool, making it a little less susceptible to dunking, and the deep green is more army than navy, but how many of those shoes ever see the top of a sailboat anyway? In this case, we don’t mind a little creative anachronism.

Zooey, Boats and Cowboy Shirts


The Eyes!: Nylon turns its lens to Ms. Zooey Deschanel. Yes, we’re still listening to that album. [FashionIndie]

Highlights for Kids: A field guide to the hairstyles of the tasteless. [Men.Style]

Cowboy Up Yet Again: A longform journalist peeks into the troubled soul of the inventor of the cowboy shirt. [Design Observer]

On Sail: A boat catalog circa 1969, with only the best in nautical graphic design.[A Continuous Lean]