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The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


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 the Southern Dandy: Sid Mashburn has just knocked 25% off a handsome lot of blazers, shorts and other assorted Southern dapperness. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Citified Prep: Take an extra 40% off sale items at Steven Alan with the code GOINGGONE40. Discount: A Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A

For the Neo-Americana: Hickoree’s Hard Goods is in the midst of final summer markdowns with 40% to 60% off. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Sleepy Jones, Club Monaco and others after the jump.»

Unionmade and Makr Team Up

  • Najib Benouar


Menswear favorite Unionmade has just opened up a shop-in-shop with the leather experts at Makr—who’ve gone from making the blogger-bait of slim wallets to building a small empire of neo-rustic home goods.

And unlike most shop-in-shop situations, you don’t actually have to make it to SF’s Mission District to get your hands on this stuff. Because it’s all online for the taking. Makr’s got their signature leather-y and canvas-y handsomeness on display, but the real standouts are the items they’ve coated in a powder green that’s unique to the capsule collection.

Take a closer look at our favorites, after the jump.»

Introducing Dom Vetro: Handmade Specs from the Italian Alps

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Dom Vetro

You’ve probably noticed: the sun is shining. As such, our ever-timely comrades over at UrbanDaddy have tipped us off to the newest kid on the sunglass block, Dom Vetro. They’ve told us what we need to know, and we’re paying it forward.

The short story is that sometime last year, Ashley Bezamat set out on a pilgrimage to find master craftsmen of Italian eyewear, hoping to bring their excellence stateside. He found Mecca in Cadore at the foothills of the Italian Alps, where he’s partnered with a family who’ve been making frames and lenses by hand since the 17th century.

The finer points of what this all means, after the jump...»

Carson Street Clothiers Opens Up E-Shop

  • Najib Benouar


Today, order has been restored in the land of #menswear. Because Carson Street Clothiers has finally launched e-commerce.

When we took you inside the NYC shop founded by two Internet-famous menswear pals, it was a feast for the eyes—full of hard-to-find Italian blazers and so on. But the stuff was still mostly unattainable for anyone who couldn’t make it to SoHo. And for a couple of guys who made their bones in the online world of menswear, it left a large portion of Tumblr wondering when CSC would embrace their hashtaggy roots. Now, thanks to their triumphant return to the Internet, the #menswear masses can finally get their hands on all that L.B.M., Bastian and in-house suiting they’ve been craving from afar.

Take a look at a few of our favorites after the jump.»

Nathan Bogle on His New Line and the State of Menswear

  • Najib Benouar


Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy tipped us off to today’s launch of Jardine, the brand-new menswear label helmed by Nathan Bogle—he cofounded a little brand you may have heard of, by the name of Rag & Bone (yes, the CFDA-lauded label started with a couple of guys endeavoring to make a great pair of jeans). Jardine Spring 2013 will be Bogle’s first collection since leaving the label, and luckily, we got to catch up with him to hear the story, get the lowdown on his new line and let him sound off on the post-metrosexual state of menswear.

Talking shop with menswear designer Nathan Bogle.»

The Watches of Spring

  • Najib Benouar


Miansai by Michael Saiger—he’s the guy responsible for the kaleidoscope of bracelets you’ve surely noticed upon the Rolex Submariners of menswear editors and the well-heeled everywhere—has just unveiled a new line of spring-ready watches.

With Saiger’s mastery of woven wristwear, getting into the watch game feels like a natural progression. And the airy woven bands are exactly what your wrist is going to want to have wrapped around it come warmer temps—if that croc band you’ve been wearing all winter isn’t already feeling a bit muggy.

A few more looks at the watches, after the jump.»

Illesteva’s New Site, Gateway Tuxedos and J. Press for Dick Cavett

  • Kempt Staff

Dick Cavett

Catching Some Shades: Esquire directs us to the newly relaunched website for cult-y sunglasses purveyor Illesteva—replete with webshop.

Gateway Tux: In the wake of Sunday night’s black-tie clinic, Valet tracks down an attainable tuxedo for any budding red-carpet hopefuls.

Press On: Richard Press, the seemingly endless source of menswear lore, regales us with the tale of his tenure as talk show host Dick Cavett’s wardrobe supplier.

Fina-Cop-More: Why You Mad hips us to Neapolitan shirtmaker Finamore’s latest offerings.

The Lion’s Share at Lyonstate

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve just got word that Alabama menswear shop Lyonstate is taking all of the handsomeness they’ve already got on their web shop, putting it on sale, and then slashing off an additional 25% (with the secret code “TAKE25”). Which puts some of these prices at the lowest we’ve seen for stuff from brands like Our Legacy (like this double-breasted blazer), Rachel Comey (like these oxford shoes) or Oliver Spencer (this fisher jacket, for instance) go for. There’s plenty more where that came from, so get after it, gentlemen.

Take a closer look at our favorites, after the jump.»

Todd Snyder Joins the Internet

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve been tracking the meteoric rise of Todd Snyder and his eponymous menswear label for the past year and change now. (The guy can do no wrong.)

So we’re excited to report he’s just opened up shop on the Internet.

If you’re not familiar with his stuff, just imagine the sort of classic well-made American aesthetic someone who cut their teeth at the legendary tailoring shop Badowers, interned at Ralph Lauren and finally rose to the top ranks at J.Crew would turn out. Or, you know, now you can just visit his webshop to take a look.

Consider this a Christmas gift to yourself.

A few of our favorites, after the jump.»

Your New #Menswear Haven: Ikkon

  • Kempt Staff

For all the gushing over Italian menswear we’ve been seeing lately, it’s still relatively hard to find the good stuff—outside of a few old-school brick-and-mortars or a plane ticket to Milan...

Enter DC-based webshop Ikkon, your new #menswear haven. They’ve got the Pitti Uomo set’s cult favorites like Slowear’s Incotex pants, Luigi Borrelli spread-collar shirting, Fratelli Rossetti double monks, Cruciani cashmere and, to top it off, Borsalino hats. But it’s not all Lapo Elkann territory (oh yeah, they also carry his stuff, too). There’s also some solid menswear representation from the US as well, like Kempt favorites Ovadia & Sons, Gant Rugger, Splendid Mills, Rogan, Gilded Age... the list goes on. It’s enough to get any fan of handsomeness excited.

Which most certainly includes us.

Ralph Lauren Goes Vintage

  • Najib Benouar

Ralph Lauren is one of Americana’s most venerable institutions. He’s managed to clothe an entire nation—from the cable-knitted Northeast to the denim-on-denim’d Southwest.

And as a testament to that legacy, the brand is launching the webshop RL Vintage today. After a small army of vintage clothing enthusiasts/historians was assembled, the team set out, rummaging through the finer flea markets and antique shops to put together a veritable museum of Polo-centric Americana—well, a museum that you can actually buy things from. For the men’s offerings, you can expect a lot of suede—and even some fringe—but something we’re really looking forward to is the “Bring It Back” program that lets Polo fanatics dig through the archives and vote on pieces they’d like to see reissued. Whatever gets the most votes will actually go into production as a limited-run throwback. Currently on deck is the Polo Bear sweater, beloved by grandmothers, rappers and menswear bloggers alike.

Take a closer look at what’s in store at RL Vintage, after the jump.»

Keira Knightley Never Understood Sleeves

  • Kempt Staff

Table It: The 10 oversized books you should consider for yourself or anyone else you know who might already own a coffee table. [Highsnobiety]

Fast Backlash: An op-ed that makes the case against the new trend of fast fashion collaborations. [Business of Fashion]

Blitzkrieg Bop: Popular ladies’ e-commerce site Shopbop has set their sights on the menswear market. [Fashionista]

A Love Pentagon: To add to the ever-evolving bizarreness surrounding General Petraeus, Chuck Klosterman somehow found himself briefly caught in the eye of the storm—and lived to tell his story. [Grantland]

Kent Wang Goes Beyond the Polo

  • Najib Benouar

Kent Wang broke on the scene when he reintroduced the menswear crowd to the charm and versatility of the polo shirt with his double-layer cutaway collared version.

And now he’s moved into full-on haberdashery-ing with suits, shoes, watches and even a trench coat—all just recently landed in his webshop. And you can expect the same attention to detail (and affordability) that gained him the adoration of bloggers worldwide. The suits: full-canvas construction, handmade buttonholes and pick-stitching by hand. The shoes: bench-grade. The combs: handmade from genuine horn.

Don’t worry, the polo shirts are still there, too.

Laetitia Casta Is in Repose

  • Kempt Staff

via FashionCopious

American Way: Well Spent gets the skinny on Inland Clothing—a men’s shop selling affordable, American-made handsomeness. [Well Spent]

More Than 50: Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen is finally open for business on the e-commerce front. [Shades of Grey]

The “College” in College Football: Ranking the top 25 BCS teams in terms of the college ads they’re forced to play during commercial breaks. [Grantland]

Pump It Up: Four recipes for all that left-over pumpkin you’ll have from carving jack-o’-lanterns this weekend. [NY Times]