Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
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.
The chaps at Hill-Side just unveiled their new lookbook, complete with cameos from some of menswear’s finest. (Also, a few dogs.) You can see the whole thing here, but first we wanted to pass along this pic featuring Kirk Bray of BillyKirk and Kempt’s own Paul Underwood. Not bad, boys. Not bad.
The Artist is headed for quite a night this Sunday, so we thought we’d take a shot at nailing down exactly why it’s struck a nerve with the Oscar-voting public. It’s not the silent part. It’s certainly not the French part. It’s not even the sultry, half-Argentine actress, although she doesn’t hurt.
No, we’re thinking of the pure, unsullied bond between a man and his dog—in this case, between Jean Dujardin and Uggie, the expertly trained Jack Russell terrier who (we’ll just come out and say it) carries the movie. If Dujardin walks away with a statuette, he’ll know who to thank.
But it’s hardly the first time this has happened—so to correct some of the canine oversight, we thought we’d shine a light on the dogs behind five great and/or debonair men of the past hundred years, from Picasso to Gosling. They were good dogs…
Yes, the holidays are chaotic: stores are packed. Traveling is a nightmare. Hangovers come in size XXL. But they’re also whimsical: the sweaters. Drunk Santa. Singing about snowmen.
Our advice? Embrace it all. Like an adorable doggy video on Kempt, it only comes once a year.
To that end, we’d like to tip our hat to the folks at Bergdorf Goodman for the short film Unleashed, which features a pack of dogs running wild through Bergdorf’s various departments in search of the perfect gift for their owners. Maybe it’s the eggnog talking, but we think it perfectly encapsulates two dominant themes of the holidays: chaos and whimsy.
Shipley & Halmos’ new e-commerce site went live this morning, with a familiar crop of fall/winter gear and a few clever quirks. For instance, apparently they’re getting into the dog business.
Leading off the one-of-a-kind Things section was Momo, bearing the inscription, “comes in usually groups of 4-6, ‘Dog’ is a wonderful edition to any home.” Which, true enough.
Our sources confirm that Sam & Jeff are both dog owners, but this particular gentleman belongs to the site photographer, who brought his one-of-a-kind assistant along for the shoot, and ended up inspiring some offbeat commerce. $18,095 seems a little steep…but we have to think he’s worth it.
File this one under “more intense than football.” The Grande Odyssée dogsled race finished up yesterday, after eleven days and more than 600 miles of canine-powered trekking over the French and Swiss Alps. The winner was a Slovakian rookie named Milos Gonda, the dog-sledding equivalent of the Green Bay Packers.
All luxury eventually curdles into self-parody, as Karl Lagerfeld can attest. And when it does, it’s never pretty.
But by the time you’re putting a bowtie and leopard print shorts on a dog, the game is pretty much over. What happened, Cavalli?
Then again, when you start being name-checked in rap songs, turning to canine fashion may be the only sensible move left.
Recreational cloning cleared a big hurdle last week, when a grief-stricken Boca Raton woman cloned her dead Labrador for a price tag of $150,000. Clearly it’s not for everyone—or at least not at that price—but the possibilities are exciting.
School mascots can be kept alive indefinitely, guard dogs can genuinely be identical, and we can engineer a whole new ending for Old Yeller. But the most pressing question has yet to be answered: can you teach it new tricks?
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