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The Five Things to Say During Fashion Week

  • Kempt Staff


The international fashion cognoscenti are descending upon Lincoln Center as we speak...

That’s right: it’s New York Fashion Week.

And while we usually like to give “capital F” fashion a wide berth, it’s worth being prepared—just in case your mother brings it up at the dinner table or you suddenly find yourself sharing a bar stool with a lithe Swede. (The city can get awfully crowded with half of Europe over here.) So we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet of talking points:

The five things to say during Fashion Week...»

Talking Shop: Unionmade’s Todd Barket

  • Najib Benouar


San Francisco’s menswear emporium Unionmade has been stocking some of the finest menswear this side of, well, anywhere for a while now—and as if that wasn’t already impressive enough, in the past few years they’ve been collaborating with some of their favorite labels to spectacular effect. With the third installment of their Indigo series hitting shelves this month and a new line of coats with Golden Bear launched on Monday, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all of the handsomeness they’re turning out. Luckily, we got to sit down with the mastermind behind it all, founder Todd Barket, to hear all about it.

Talking shop with Unionmade’s Todd Barket about their new exclusives, a few labels you probably haven’t heard of yet and more, after the jump.»

The Month in Pictures: October

  • Kempt Staff


News flash: it’s November already. But let’s not forget October. And since it may have felt like the month just flew by in a plaid and tweed and tuxedoed Halloween-y blur, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments we shared. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent-memory lane in the latest edition of:

The Month in Pictures.»

The Stat Sheet: The Armoury Ring Jacket A-1 Blouson

  • Najib Benouar


As the torchbearers of Hong Kong’s tailoring renaissance, The Armoury has been turning out lust-worthy menswear since they opened up shop in 2010.

And the latest batch has just hit the web, in the form of four A-1 blousons by the legendary Japanese label Ring Jacket with wool sourced from celebrated English mill Abraham Moon. Our favorite of the bunch is the marled Fair Isle-y number you see above.

Here’s what else you need to know.»

The 55 Greatest Tuxedos of All Time

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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1860: Edward VII Prince of Wales commissions Henry Poole to design a short dinner jacket for estate shenanigans.

1886: American gentleman James Potter finds himself weekending at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and is promptly directed to Mr. Poole’s services so he can look the part.

October 10, 1886 (circa 8pm): Potter debuts said dinner jacket stateside at the Tuxedo Park Club Ball, in Tuxedo, NY. (Get it? Tuxedo, NY.)

October 10, 1886 (circa 8:15pm): Club members swoon, rejoice, faint in the presence of true dapperness. The tuxedo is born.

October 10, 2013: Kempt honors a legend, amassing the 55 greatest moments in tuxedodom.»

The Fall/Winter Pocket Square

  • Najib Benouar


By now you’ve already begun the monumental seasonal wardrobe shift—the linens and cottons making way for the heftier wools and Donegals—but you’ve probably overlooked one thing you’ve probably overlooked: your pocket square.

Which is why we’d like to suggest a little something we’re calling: the fall/winter pocket square.

Instead of your standard silk fare, these are thicker and nappier and come in the familiar weaves of fall. It’s an easy way to inject a shot of autumnal-ness into your navy blazer and gray flannel routine—remember: a little tweed can go a long way.

Naturally, we’ve rounded up a handful of the finest specimens out there.»

Scene and Heard: Brooks Brothers SS14 Presentation

  • Kempt Staff


Scene: Brooks Brothers’ Madison Avenue flagship store; a beach made with imported sawdust; a beautifully made (if impossible to wear) Black Fleece lace blazer (yes, for men); penny-farthing critter pants; collaborative Kiel James Patrick bracelets; a white shawl-collar linen blazer; espadrilles and shorts made from an old scarf pattern; madras, madras everywhere.

Heard: “California Dreamin’”; that the set was inspired by Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Total beach bums, those guys.

See more photos from the collection after the jump.»

Scene and Heard: Mark McNairy New Amsterdam SS14 Runway


Scene: Eyebeam in NYC; fashion editors sipping on Heineken and Cheerwine, Nick Wooster catwalking a cobalt jacket with zebra shorts, a few rubber duckies and lots of camo.

Heard: A very appropriate hip-hop remix of “Stayin’ Alive” keeping pace for the models, and at least two people realizing “That’s Pusha T!” during the final look.

See more photos from the collection after the jump.»

Scene and Heard: Beyond Closet SS14 Presentation

  • Kempt Staff


Scene: Industria Superstudio; streetwear enthusiasts bearing witness to the brand’s NYFW debut, which plays to the high-end sweat trend. Prints and colors are bold, fits relaxed, with a handful of contrasting tailored elements.

Heard: The soft pitter-patter of a bouncing medicine ball, metallic rasps of a bench press in motion and club kid beats courtesy of DJ Franco V.

See more photos from the collection after the jump.»