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Heirloom Week: Gentlemanly Trinkets

  • Kempt Staff


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 it got handed down to your father and his father and his father’s father, it started out shiny and new 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. Today we’re focusing on the little things, like cufflinks, a fountain pen, a signet ring and so on...

Herewith, the five new gentlemanly trinkets to buy today, that will be heirlooms tomorrow...»

The 10 Style Lessons from 30 Rock

  • Najib Benouar

The final episode of 30 Rock airs tonight. Forever optimists, we’ve decided to focus not on our sadness, but on opportunities for growth. So we mined the past seven seasons for the most important sartorial lessons the show has offered.

While Jack Donaghy undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest of the show’s unkempt misfits and trucker hats, there are still plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do. And here they are:

The 10 style lessons to be learned from 30 Rock

Kempt’s Guide to the Menswear Gift Guides

  • Najib Benouar

No doubt your inbox and just about every menswear site you frequent has made you aware: ’tis the season to be gifting. And, therefore, receiving. (This is geared toward the latter.)

In our ongoing campaign to help you win the holidays, we had our team of menswear research fellows cull every single gift guide on the Internet, pull out all of the best menswear and lay it all out in one handy be-all, end-all guide.

Put all of this on your holiday wish list, if it isn’t already. Or just conspicuously leave this guide open on as many browsers as possible.

Onward, to the bounty of handsomeness that awaits, in Kempt’s Guide to the Menswear Gift Guides.»

Introducing HollenWolff Heritage Cufflinks

  • Najib Benouar

In general, we favor wearing things that have withstood the test of time. And when it comes to our cufflinks, we’d rather not feel like we’re slipping a dainty trinket onto our shirtsleeve...

That being said, allow us to introduce you to HollenWolff Heritage, a Milwaukee-based upstart that’s unearthed a century-old patent for ball-bearing-lock cufflinks and will soon be fulfilling all of your French-cuffed needs. (Rest assured, they’re much heftier than the baubles you’re clasping to your shirts right now.)

This is what you get when your cufflinks are machined in a ball bearing shop.»

Please, Borrow My Shirt

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Nothing But Blue Skies From Now On: Lapo Elkann has a baby blue double-breasted suit to match his baby blue Fiat 500. The question is, which came first? [T Magazine]

The Cloon: If you start a fast-fashion line using George Clooney’s name, he will sue you. Good to know. [Thread NY]

On Watch: Ladies and gentlemen, the watch of the future. [Gizmodo]

Print Lives: Reasons to be excited about 3D printing. Your next cufflink is going to look very, very interesting. [Epicenter]

On the Fly


If you don’t feel like going the vintage cufflinks route, we suggest getting a bit stranger. Maybe a few feathers?

These fishing lure cufflinks (via SwipeLife) from Coto should be suitably eye-catching. There aren’t many conventions for what you need on your cuffs, and it’s far enough out of the way that it won’t intrude on your otherwise impeccable outfit. Those hooks are blunted, so they won’t chew up the inside of your suit jacket, and otherwise they’ll offer a woodsy alternative to the usual polished silver.

Now if you could just find the right lapel pin

Tumbles, Rumbles, and Lures


Ankled: Another model eats runway. Can we set up some kind of foundation for this? [The Cut]

Band of Insiders: Scott Sternberg dishes out some borderline-abusive rules of style. Maybe it’s the bow tie? [Men.Style]

Lured: Innovative cufflinks and ties get a little cheaper. God bless you, deflation! [Josh Spear]

Rabbit Hunting: Tom Junod waxes elegiac about the departed John Updike. [Esquire]

Going Back to Yorkshire


Our old friends at Norsea Industries have come out with a new Autumn/Winter line, and while most of it is the same North England nautical duds we gushed about before, there’s something new this time around. And it looks an awful lot like jewelry.

Well, maybe jewelry is a bit too strong—let’s stick with “accessories.” The latest goods include scarves, loose bracelets, tie and lapel pins, cufflinks, and even a watch fob or two. It’s a little different from the stripped-down denim they were moving a season ago, but it’s not so far off the mark.

See what we mean»

Princes, Brothers, Gamers and Sluts


Our Hero: Graydon Carter must know that Kristen Bell, all 5'1" of her, is never far from our hearts. [Vanity Fair]

Music From Big Pink: We grew up listening to The Band. Now a generation of musicians are growing up dressing like them. [WeAreTheMarket]

Fit for a King: His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of blah, blah, blah unveils his new collection of posh men's accessories. [Men.Style]

Lifetime Contract: "Project Runway" jumps from the cosy, omnisexual stable of Bravo to the gilded henhouse of The Lifetime channel - meaning you'll have to lie twice as hard about watching it. [NYMag]

Game Design: In utterly predicable news, iPod addict Karl Lagerfeld lends his voice to Grand Theft Auto IV. [WWD]

Frat Brothers: Like any other bored jock in the City, the Manning boys have nothing better to do with their time than hang out at Brother Jimmy's and play Buck Hunter. Losers. [NYPost]