There are few things in this world as achingly beautiful as an immaculately-cared-for vintage roadster.
And tomorrow Sotheby’s is rolling a few dozen of them into Manhattan for an auction called The Art of the Automobile. If you’re in town and have ever felt the urge to see a Mercedes with gullwing doors, the race car Michael Schumacher piloted to victory in Monaco or the Jaguar Enzo Ferrari deemed the most beautiful car ever made (or have a couple million bucks lying around to buy any of them), this is your time.
Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.
Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.
Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Bryan Cranston, Porsche 911s, Aubrey Plaza, fathers-in-law, biceps, porn star names, overcoats, Jon Voight, holograms, absinthe summer cocktails and words of wisdom from Richard Simmons—is after the jump.
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 newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.
Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations, gathering its own uniquely handsome patina and lived-in warmth along the way. But before all that, it started out shiny and new in some factory or on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Yesterday we began with watches. Today we’re looking at cars…
The open road beckons.
And to welcome in the most glorious of travel seasons, we’re proclaiming it Road Trip Week here on Kempt.
So, to kick off the festivities, let’s begin with your getaway vehicle of choice. Of course, the sin qua non is the convertible—there’s nothing like throwing caution to the wind while it’s blowing through your hair. But the question still remains: which mode of topless transport best suits your sensibilities?
If any of your fall plans involve motoring around in a 1930s open-top roadster with the wind flapping at your driving scarf, you’ll be pleased to hear Bench & Loom has just launched a webshop-within-a-webshop dedicated to old-timey motoring.
Amongst the great finds are roadster goggles, a leather racing helmet, some handsome driving gloves (number one on our Fall Must Haves) and, yes, even a silk driving scarf. Though the best of the lot might be this archival quarter-zip sweater from Dehen.
Because you can wear it while driving a car from any era.
If you managed to check off the first summer must-have on our list early (see: the vintage roadster to your left), it’s probably about time for an oil change. And luckily, Gear Patrol just tipped us off to a new, handsomely packaged motor oil that’s been specially formulated for classic cars. It’s a collaboration between German oil company Mathé and auto magazine Chromjuwelen—who’s to thank for the graphically pleasing labels—which should make for a fitting addition to any well-read garage (or gear-headed desktop).
We’re of the mind that luxury sports cars should remain luxury sports cars and chairs should remain chairs. It’s a slippery slope otherwise, a slope that nine times out of 10 leads to fire-engine-red Ferrari armchairs with matching slippers, grease stains on the head rests, monthly ExtenZe shipments and so on…
All this to say: we like the new BMW Clarity seating series. They’re all about “design through reduction,” which seems like the right way to approach, you know, chairs. As a result, the omissions are the features: no mysterious, Aeron-esque collection of pulleys/cranks/levers, no armrest detachments and (mercifully) no dickish Beemer logo front and center.
After all, we wouldn’t want to take away from your snow-camouflaged Lambo…
We have a soft spot for mid-century watch design—brushed steel and minimalist lines are the sorts of things we like on our wrists.
Which is why new watchmakers on the scene March LA.B immediately appealed to us. The watches lean on classic design for the faces and dials, then borrow from muscle car interiors for the leather straps. Seems like an unlikely pair (much like the “LA” and “B” in the name, which stand for Los Angeles and Biarritz) until you see the Swiss-made timepieces. Our favorite of the bunch is the AM2 with a square, Tank-like case and a ribbed leather strap that’s based on the interior of a classic Mustang.
It’s like wearing Drive and the South of France on your wrist.
The gents over at Driven have taken street style photography to a whole new level with this shot. They managed to wave down a passing motorist while in Maine this weekend to get a photo of her entire “on the street” look, which included a vintage roadster, aviators and a pooch riding shotgun. It looks like fun. And it’s the same reason bloggers started roaming SoHo with giant cameras—to capture regular-yet-impossibly-cool folks in a fleeting moment of utopian stylishness—but this takes it to an even larger scale of “lifestyle.” (We’ll have to come up with a better word than “accessorizing” when referring to a ’70s MGB.) And we wouldn’t mind seeing more of it. We’d also like to point out that it looks like Ms. Rioux has already checked off items #1 and #3 on our newly updated summer must-haves. (No worry, there’s still time to catch up.)
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