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Your New Favorite Summer Pastime: Frescobol

  • Najib Benouar

Last week, our colleagues at UrbanDaddy SF turned us on to a curious summer sport from 1940s Brazil called “Frescobol.”

And to Merriment Hardware, founded by a group of gents trying to introduce the game to America by way of handsome reclaimed wood paddles and selvage denim park blankets.

Naturally, when news of any relatively unknown summer pastime comes along, we’re intrigued—especially when the sun-flecked beaches of the Southern Hemisphere are involved.

So we had the guys give us a few pointers on how the game is played—all you need is a sunny patch of land (park, beach, dead-end alley, et cetera), a willing partner (who may or may not be wearing a bikini) and these paddles.

How to play the surprisingly simple and challenging yet rewarding game of Frescobol:»

Mike Tyson: Still a Really Weird Dude

So, a couple nights ago, Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world, appeared on a Brazilian television show called Caldeirão do Huck and, dressed to the nines in a white rental tuxedo, (kind of) sang “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Mr. Tyson was accompanied on piano (and mercifully on vocals) by the original composer’s grandson, Daniel Jobim, who should be ashamed of himself.

As for the video itself, there’s a whole lot going on here and yet absolutely nothing at all. Thankfully, as he’s prone to do, Iron Mike finishes strong (and offers a random bonus word at 1:21).

It’s hopefully the weirdest thing you encounter today.»

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties – Part 2

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

Part two of five.

As we introduced yesterday, The 12 Original Playboys were a self-proclaimed ‘elite breed of professional pleasure seekers’ who fascinated the world in the 1950’s and ‘60s. They did so with exceptional genes, unparalleled wealth and, as we learn from today’s batch, exquisite style and grace.

Meet Gianni “The Rake of the Riviera” Agnelli, Francisco “Baby” Pignatari, and Alessandro Principe “Dado” Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Fabrizio Rollo

Our cardinal rule of style is to dress for the occasion. And when you’re a Vogue Brazil editor on assignment in Art Basel, that means bringing your A-game.

Fortunately, when presented with said challenge, Fabrizio Rollo knocked it out of the park.

The sockless loafers speak for themselves, as does the just-weird-enough chambray tuxedo shirt—so we’ll start with those pants. We haven’t seen double pleats on a fashionista in quite a while, much less wool pants rolled above the ankle, but if you’re dressing for a cold season in a warm climate (like Miami in December or Rio in July) it’s a pretty smart move.

Throw in a summer scarf tied over both the collar and the shirt, and you’re in hall of fame territory. Take notes, gentlemen.

No Yellow = No Fear

  • Shawn Donnelly


This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa.

So the Brazilians just lost, and everyone is wondering why. We’ll tell you why: they didn’t wear their yellow jerseys. What were they thinking? Blue shirts with white shorts are just not as intimidating. They looked like a regular team. Mortal. And after the Dutch tied them up 1-1, they played like it. So many games are won and lost in the dressing room...

Alessandra Ambrosio Supports Brazil

  • Shawn Donnelly


This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa.

There’s been a lot of talk about the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the players at this year’s World Cup. And for good reason: they’re quite photogenic. The latest media outlet to get in on the fun is V Magazine—you know, the magazine about fashion with a capital F—which will be publishing a 12-page feature called “Footballers’ Wives” in their new issue, out July 8.

While many of the photos aren’t safe for work (note: not complaining), our favorite shot is probably this one of Alessandra Ambrosio, showing off her national pride in green jeans and a blue bra. Which reminds us: we can’t wait for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


elevatorbeard_crop.jpgvia NotCot

Our favorite ad of the day: To promote the Gillette Mach 3, the company covered inside of a Brazilian elevator in beard. Unfortunately for Gillette, this just reminds us how awesome beards are.

Could the Jabulani Ruin the World Cup?

  • Shawn Donnelly


This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa (kicks off June 11).

A couple of months ago, we got our hands (and our feet) on the official 2010 World Cup ball from Adidas, the Jabulani (it means “to celebrate” in Zulu). Playing with it in a modest 5v5 scrimmage, the ball felt surprisingly cheap and plastic-y. It slipped off our feet. In short, we thought it sucked. We couldn’t believe it was the ball they were going to be using in the World Cup. As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones with this opinion.

What the players are saying»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Carlos de Souza


This snap comes from a Diane Von Fustenberg opening in Sao Paolo—prime fodder for MOTHing, by any standards.

The gentleman in the middle is one Carlos de Souza, a socialite jeweler and prime example of a southern hemisphere dandy. This particular outfit caught our eye not because of the gray sharkskin suit—which works far better than we’d expect—but because he provides a master class in our favorite sartorial quirk, the neckerchief.

He’s wearing this one in true under-tie mode, stringy and simple enough to be taken for pure functionality. It’s hot out there, after all, and if you’re keeping your neck dry, you’d rather have cotton than silk. It might be the least luxurious part of his outfit, which is only right, since it’s got a job to do.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’re in gaucho country.