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Your Summer House Essentials

  • Najib Benouar

Summer

Everyone needs a good summer hideaway.

It could be the family lake house, a weekend rental on the Cape or just a really summery corner of your sixth-floor walkup.

But to really make it feel right, you’ve got to have the right vibe—which, granted, is a little different if you’re summering near the sea versus a woodsy lake or river. So we’ve gone ahead and found some handsome appointments and setting-appropriate curios to properly equip your abode.

Here’s what you need to stock that summer shack of yours, depending on whether you’re heading inland or to the beach.»

Your 2013 Summer No-Reading List

  • Kempt Staff

Books

There’s nothing better than a good summer read—especially when it doesn’t require much actual reading.

You don’t need all of that flowery prose cluttering up your perfectly good beach weekend or scenic train ride upstate. What you need is a handsome book full of glossy pages you can breezily flip through at will. Whether it’s clever infographics with easily digestible tidbits, photos of interesting cultural phenomenon or just Paz de la Huerta wearing a lot of different wigs, there are plenty of new books out this season that make for ideal summer lounging companions.

So, herewith, the five new books to put on your summer no-reading list.»

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.»

The Essence of Made in Maine, a Great Deal of Gatsby Covers and the Everyman’s Italian Suit

  • Kempt Staff

Shoes

Maine Objective: We can never resist more handsome shoes from Maine, and Well Spent has the scoop on the state’s latest homegrown shoemakers: New England Outwear Co.

OCD Button Down: Put This On has set out to extol the every virtue of oxford cloth button-down shirts—beginning with some history and some unapologetic gushing. (We trust they’ll do it justice.)

Cover Band: One man spent his entire life collecting 83 years’ worth of The Great Gatsby book covers and it’s one fantastic collection.

Badowers Meaning Good: Valet tracks down a lust-worthy Italian-made suit for under a grand in, of all places, Iowa.

The Benz Whisperers, Separating Fake from Real and the Hottest Cars from the New York Auto Show

  • Kempt Staff

New York Auto Show

A Fool No Longer: Your definitive guide to every April Fools’ Day prank on the Internet yesterday, courtesy of BuzzFeed.

Benz Whisperers: T Magazine discovers a boutique restoration company in California breathing new life into 40-year-old Mercedes coupes, sedans and wagons.

Timekeeper: A look at the new book on watchmaker George Daniels, the “godfather of mechanical movement.”

And Now: The 11 cars from the New York Auto Show that made Cool Material drool...