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Six Essential Upgrades to Your Paddling Kit


This might sound odd, but we know you’ve been getting these urges lately. Really strong, burning desires to sit back, get a little wet and stroke...

We’re talking about rowing, obviously. Wait, was that not clear?

Now, these impulses are perfectly natural. And trust us, getting yourself into a canoe (or kayak, if that’s your style) will definitely help assuage them. But, of course, just because you’re dying to navigate America’s waterways the old-fashioned way doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do so in style. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a handful of attractive options, to help you get the most out of your next aqueous adventure.

Check out our next-level paddling selections, after the jump...»

Kempt’s Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides of 2013

Father's Day

All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.

Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.

From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites... of their favorites.

For the slightly narrowed field, take a gander at Kempt’s Second Annual Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides (in order of Dad’s expected reaction), after the jump...»

Hemingway’s Summer

  • Najib Benouar

On the heels of our interview with John Hemingway, Ernest’s grandson, we’ve got this snap of a mustachioed Papa after a rather successful sportfishing outing (h/t) exemplifying summer seawear at its finest: a chamois cotton polo and white shorts. (We’ll assume he ditched the soggy boat shoes once he hit dry land.) Take note, and make sure a rum-based drink isn’t too far behind.

A Shot of Summer Inspiration

  • Najib Benouar

via Ovadia & Sons

It’s not quite summer yet, but we’re close enough now to start daydreaming about hitting the open road to spend a sun-dappled weekend in the great outdoors.

We’d suggest following Gregory Peck’s lead here by remembering to bring a couple fishing rods and an attractive accomplice—looks like on this particular weekend, Ava Gardner was tagging along.

Summer’s so close we can nearly taste it.

Man of the Year


This is the latest installment in our heroically gruff series on Hemingway Days, examining the charms of spare prose, sport fishing and all things Ernest.

As an epilogue to our magnum blog opus, we couldn’t help drawing your attention to Mr. Charles Bicht, cat lover and 2010’s Hemingway Lookalike of the Year. This was his 12th year going out for the prize, but apparently at 64 years old, he's now exactly the right age for it.

As a bonus, the prize fish was a 400-pound blue marlin (worth $25,000), and the running of the bulls was entirely mechanical.

Congratulations, gentlemen.

The Big Fish


This is the latest installment in our heroically gruff series on Hemingway Days, examining the charms of spare prose, sport fishing and all things Ernest.

The centerpiece of Hemingway Days kicked off yesterday in the form of the Key West Marlin Tournament, with dozens of boats taking to the Gulf in search of the largest Marlins they can haul in. It’s not quite as visible as that beard competition, but for our money this is the real show. It’s as bonafide as sport fishing gets, with an $1,800 entry fee and more than $50,000 in prize money on the table.

If you doubt how much of that “sport” tag is earned, consider this: the current record-holder hauled in a Blue Marlin weighing 570 pounds. We doubt the haul will be quite as big this year, thanks to BP, but it’s still one of the more spectacular long weekends the world has to offer.