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When Menswear Shops Meet Menswear Designers

0507-Kempt-Shops-HEADER-Context-Schott Historically, there’s been a pretty wide creative divide between the guys designing your clothes and the folks selling them.

But as of late, we’ve noticed a rash of new joint projects emerge, connecting innovative designers with our favorite menswear shops across the country. And we certainly won’t say we’ve hated it. So to honor this newfound camaraderie, we’ve taken a moment to round up the handsomest final products of their collaborative efforts.

What happens when menswear shops meet menswear designers, after the jump...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff

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We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For Fresh-Faced Retail: After joining the e-shop scene just last month, Onassis is willing to give you $50 off any purchase of $250 or more, both in stores and online. Nice move, new guy. Discount: B- Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

For Standard Fall Prep: The 25% off select shirts, sweaters, pants and accessories (with the code FALLSTYLE) at J.Crew should thoroughly cover your basic fall needs. Discount: C+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For Approval from Up North: Haven, out of Edmonton, Alberta, is offering up to 50% off summery selections from brands like Wings + Horns and Reigning Champ. Discount: A- Sizes Available: B+ Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Union, Context and others, after the jump.»

Considering the Beach Blanket

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With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s hopefully just a matter of time before we’re all feeling a little sand between our toes. And when that day comes, the difference between you and the next schlub will be that you took the time to prepare for the occasion.

Right now, though, we’re not talking about packing sunscreen or deciding on your level of thigh exposure. (Though we’ll most certainly get there.) No, today we’d instead like to examine that essential component of any sunbather’s seaside HQ: the beach blanket. Whether it’s adorned with a bikinied lady friend or simply keeping sand out of the potato salad, no day at the shore is complete without one. And there are some handsome options in the menswear market that are more than worthy of your consideration, available as we speak.

So we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of the most beach-worthy blankets we could find, just for you...»

The 14 Best Patterned Shorts for Summer

  • Najib Benouar


When it comes to shorts, we’ve always been of the mind that if you’re going for it, you have permission to get loud. (With the caveat: not at the office.)

And until recently, your only options were of the plaid or embroidered-critter variety meant for rebellious trads. But this season has seen more new patterned shorts on the market than perhaps ever. Stripes, ikat, paisley, liberty and batik prints. There are a lot more ways to get tastefully loud these days (which means you’ll want to outfit the rest of your body in a solid-color oxford cloth button-down, pocket tee or polo shirt—for the sake of everyone’s retinas, keep it to one pattern). So we rounded up our favorites of the bunch, to get you ready for the season.

Herewith, the 14 best patterned shorts out there right now.»

Head to Toe: Seersucker

  • Najib Benouar


Around Derby weekend, the seersucker suit gets all the attention.

But the fabric itself is so versatile—and cooling, with its uneven weave lifting the cotton off your skin and leaving hundreds of tiny pockets of air to cool you. So, in the event you’d like to outfit another part of your body with seersucker—say, your neck, or your feet—we’ve gone ahead and found enough gear to swathe you from head to toe in the legendarily cooling fabric. Now, we’re not saying you should try wearing every single piece here at once...

But we’re not not saying that either.»

The Newsie’s Shacket

  • Najib Benouar

This time of year, it’s not a bad idea to have an extra layer handy—as well as the morning paper.

And this new quilted overshirt that’s just landed in Context’s webshop (as part of the latest drop from the McNairy-helmed Woolrich Woolen Mills) has got you covered on both. This mid-weight “shacket” is right on time for the upcoming transition into the cooler season. The extra-large breast pocket is a nice touch—just the right size for a folded broadsheet or anything else that might not need to stay crisply tucked into a briefcase.

Plus, we hear everyone is going to be using newspaper as pocket squares this fall.

In Context

  • Najib Benouar

One of our favorite heritage-leaning shops on the Web, Context, is handing out $100 to anyone with an UrbanDaddy Perks account (you’re getting $300 credit for spending $200), just in time to get a few last-minute summer additions or start gearing up for fall. There’s a never-ending trail of handsome stuff on the site, so we thought we’d help guide you through it all—from the jackets to the deadstock fabric ties. Turns out, 300 bucks goes a long way. And here’s how you’ll use it to freshen up your wardrobe.

Your 10 best bets under $300.»

The Best of Cyber Monday

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As countless spam emails have no doubt informed you, it’s Cyber Monday—the day e-commerce shops offer their deepest discounts of the year. (It’s also Randy Newman’s birthday, so you may want to get him something.) And since you don’t have time to scour every last one, we’ve pulled together the best of the lot, from Fair Isle scarves to Donegal tweed pants. Have a look after the jump.

See the best deals Cyber Monday has to offer»

What Matters (and Doesn’t) About Scarves

We love a good scarf. It’s the grace note of a well-dressed man—a sliver of color in a gray season. And since we’ll be wearing one every day once winter ramps up, it’s easy to get emotional about things.

But for all the wisdom and hype in our corner of the blogosphere, there’s really only one thing that matters in finding a good scarf. And it’s definitely not how you tie it...

The one thing that makes a good scarf...»

You Have 24 Hours to Buy This Shirt

Over the weekend, Context unveiled a pretty spectacular three-day sale. The only bad news is, it finishes up at the end of today, but if you’re sure of your size, there’s plenty here worth picking up.

Our favorite so far is this Dunderdon army shirt (a shacket candidate if we ever saw one), but there are also a few synthetic winter coats, a houndstooth tie, a nautical sweater and one of the cooler shirts we’ve seen all year.

And judging by the winds outside, it got here just in time.