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Style Icons Wearing Undershirts


Here’s a little history lesson for you: plain white T-shirts first appeared in the late 19th century, when some manufacturer decided to split the union suit into separates. And originally, they were meant to protect one’s finer outer layers from the perils of, well, sweat.

Like boxers for your chest.

But the rules have changed in the past century. The undershirt has, on occasion, been called to take sartorial center stage. Like before bed. Or between takes on set. Or during takes, for that matter. And throughout it all, some brave, overtly stylish men have succeeded in proving that these baser layers can be worth way more than their thread count.

So we’ve assembled the finest moments in Style Icons Wearing Undershirts for you, after the jump.»

Anais Pouliot’s Life Is a Highway

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Cap It Off: Legions of menswear enthusiasts have descended upon NYC for the Capsule show, and Cool Hunting has some early pictures of the action. [Cool Hunting]

No Homonym: Two shadowy figures whose names sound identical have entered the pop culture fray. Here’s an easy chart to help differentiate between Bain Capital and the Batman villain Bane. [NYMag]

Who’s the Boss: A (very) long-form ode to Bruce Springsteen, still rocking hard at 62. [New Yorker]

That New Banksy: Even a counterculture street artist can get excited about hosting the Summer Olympics. [Hypebeast]

We Can’t Wait for Flag Day

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Censored Content: Have we started designing browsers explicitly for porn? The latest version of Chrome suggests that we are. [Buzzfeed]

My Fellow Americans: The coltish Mr. Springsteen’s latest lyrics have been recut into a stump speech. [Vulture]

The Carter Family: Some early looks from Greg Chapman's H. W. Carter line. Very nice. [Selectism]

One Last Convertible: And finally, a 1955 Porsche Spyder. [Driven]

Is Bruce Springsteen Dyeing His Hair? A Critical Investigation

We’re pleased to see Bruce Springsteen back on the scene, supporting a new album...but there’s something different about him. We love the Boss, so it pains us to say this—but when a man of 62 appears with hair as consistently coltish as this, certain questions have to be asked. And as duly appointed grooming experts, we had no choice but to track down the answers...

A thorough investigation into Bruce Springsteen’s hair»

The Three Best Kinds of Letter

The well-written letter is a rare thing these days. Blame Outlook or the US Mail, but somewhere along the way, we lost touch with the simple pleasures of a pen rambling over paper.

For the rest of the week, our brothers-in-arms at UrbanDaddy Perks can hook you up with some handsome stationery from Terrapin—but we’re more concerned about the inspiration. To that end, we’ve put together three of our favorite letters of all time, and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Three letters to write right now»

Rachel Has Been Brushing Her Hair for Hours

Skills Include Lounging, Skateboarding: Behold, the scenester creative agency. The world may never be the same. [Daily Intel]

Something in the Night: Early word on that Springsteen doc we kept talking about. [Boing Boing]

See It Now: 5 million people watched the live feed of the Chilean miners’ rescue on Ustream this week, making (at least temporarily) more popular than Mad Men. [TechCrunch]

The Ties that Bind: And finally, a handsome crop of ties. [Selectism]

Dispatches from the Edge of Town


Circa 1978, Bruce Springsteen was in a spectacularly tortured place. Fresh off Born to Run and overflowing with material, he had the chance to fully indulge his perfectionist streak. That made for a stew of ambition, insecurity and some spectacularly frustrated band members—and, as it turns out, some pretty good television.

A new Springsteen doc called The Promise is making the rounds at the Toronto Film Fest with archived footage, band interviews and a refreshingly geeky take on the whole affair. Clips are already leaking out at a thrilling pace, showing exactly how wrenching the sessions for Darkness on the Edge of Town really were, with upwards of 70 songs being whittled down to the darkest ten he could produce (at least until Nebraska). It’s a rare creative moment, the kind of thing that makes you glad someone brought a camera along. And if for some reason you don’t feel like trekking out to Toronto, it’ll be arriving on HBO on October 7.

See a clip from the movie here, including an impromptu rendition of “Sherry Darling”»